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Mayflies' return means a healthier Lake Erie

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Lake Erie's mayfly population is surviving and showing no signs of trouble despite water quality problems over the last few years that have caused alarm.

The pesky but harmless winged insects are starting again to rise out of the lake along Ohio's northern shore.

One researcher said the annual invasion is a good sign because mayflies are an indication of a healthier Lake Erie.  more...


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EPA says Sheboygan River no longer an 'area of concern'

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced the completion of all dredging and habitat restoration projects required to remove the Sheboygan River 'Area of Concern' from a list of toxic hot spots identified in the 1987 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.   more...


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Low Water Levels Get NBC Nightly News Coverage

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Little things, big problems: Invasives impacting culture

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Last year, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative began producing a series of educational videos about invasive species in the Great Lakes for the National Park Service. New videos are being uploaded this spring, and you can watch the entire “Little Things, Big Problems” series here on Echo.  more...


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Lake St Clair strategic implementation plan approved

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The US Army Corps of Engineers has granted final approval to the Lake St Clair Strategic Implementation Plan. The plan, which includes scores of specific restoration recommendations, was signed by Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, clearing a critical hurdle that will provide an important leg up as Lake St Clair restoration projects seek federal funding.  more...


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2013 Melges 17 Grand Rapid Sprints NOR Now Available

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The Notice of Race (NOR) for the 2013 Melges 17 Grand Rapids Sprints Regatta is now available! Now is the time to plan on attending. The event takes place on June 22-23 and is hosted by the Grand Rapids Yacht Club!

Download A Notice of Race and plan to attend.

Final registration will be onsite at Grand Rapids Yacht Club.   more...



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Seeking a Permanent Solution to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes

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In mid-May, I sat in a room overlooking Lake Michigan, and the towering Chicago skyline, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials and 17 other leaders representing various Great Lakes organizations united by a shared passion for protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. Together, these members of the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. EPA Administrator, who also oversees the federal Interagency Task Force. The Task Force is leading the development and implementation of a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan, continuing to support the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades.   more...

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Summer's here, and so is toxic blue-green algae

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Swimming at a public beach in Madison's great lakes can be plenty of fun, unless there's an ugly mass of blue-green algae nearby.

Public Health Madison and Dane County issued its annual warning on Thursday, urging swimmers to stay away from blue-green algae blooms, some of which are capable of producing toxins.

"These blooms tend to appear after heavy rains, meaning that swimming after a heavy rain is not a good idea," PHMDC said in a news release.

The blooms are natural, but not everything in nature is beautiful.  more...




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Detroit RiverWalk brings millions of dollars to city

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The Detroit riverfront at Milliken State Park on June 3. Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing public access to Detroit's riverfront, is a 2013 Michigan Green Leader.The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with a new economic impact study showing millions of dollars in benefits for the city from the operation of the RiverWalk.

Among the findings of the study: Annual spending by visitors, residents, employees and other operations along the riverfront is estimated at $43.7 million, while tax revenue generated by ongoing riverfront activity is estimated at $4.5 million annually. more...



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Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump

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Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood, the initiator of Michigan Resolution 58, has signed Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump petition (signature #13,475). 

Please join with Senator Hopgood in expressing your opposition to OPG's plan by signing and sharing the petitionhttp://www.gopetition.com/petitions/stopthegreatlakesnucleardump.html 

Press coverage of Resolution 58: http://www.thestar.com/business/economy/2013/05/23/michigan_senate_says_ontario_nuclear_waste_site_raises_serious_concerns.html


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Great Lakes Water Levels Rising Due to Rainfall

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Western New York has been getting some changing weather the past few weeks.

Some of it has been nice. A lot of it has been rain.

And all the rain added up is helping boaters and those who rely on our Great Lakes everyday.

"We've had some pretty good rainfall over all the Great Lakes over the last couple of weeks," said George Cotroneo, chief of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo division.

And so far this month, Buffalo's gotten 3.8 inches of rainfall. In the month of June, that's 2.5 inches above average.  more...



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Lake trout making a comeback

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There is growing evidence that lake trout are making a comeback in Lake Michigan.

The feds have been stocking the lake with trout for decades. Now, biologists say the fish are reproducing on their own.

Dale Hanson is looking for what he calls the perfect lake trout. The fisheries biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting a survey in Lake Michigan. Nearly a mile of nylon netting is set about two miles off the Sheboygan shore.

"Most of the lake trout out in the lake right now, they do have fin clips, that indicates they were stocked from a hatchery," said Dale Hanson, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fisheries biologist.    more...

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Buoy camera catches waves and sunsets on Lake Michigan

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Want to catch a sunset in Lake Michigan with no land in sight? Or feel what it’s like to bob in the waves during a storm?

A weather buoy that got its start thanks to Holland area businesses and groups is now broadcasting video at regular intervals three miles offshore of Port Sheldon in about 85 feet of water.

“This webcam is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes and is capable of transmitting high-resolution images and video clips over the Internet on a regular basis,” said Ed Verhamme, project engineer of LimnoTech, an Ann Arbor environmental engineering company.  more...



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Wisconsin comes up short in revitalizing waterfronts

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In 2005, dozens of Wisconsin officials gathered at a new resort on Lake Michigan. Sheboygan’s Blue Harbor Resort was a case study for revitalizing Wisconsin’s waterfronts, representing millions of dollars in private investment and the promise of jobs and tourism dollars.

Eight years later, Wisconsin hasn’t come up with a blueprint for making that happen.That lack of success continues to symbolize a lost opportunity for many Wisconsin communities with empty or abandoned waterfront land, including former sites of heavy manufacturing or industry.  more...


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Mayfly population is steady, indicating good water quality

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Despite recent water quality issues, Lake Erie’s mayfly populations appear to be holding steady, a researcher said.

Mayflies, the winged insect that rises from the lake’s mud bottom and descend on the Lake Erie Islands and North Coast by the millions, are an indicator of a healthy lake.

“Back in the ’60s and ’70s, the mayflies basically were gone from Lake Erie,” said Tory Gabriel, fisheries outreach coordinator for The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program.  more...



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