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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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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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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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Should Lake Superior wolves be saved?

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Wildlife quandary: Should Lake Superior wolves be saved?On an island in Lake Superior, biologists are wondering whether to save some very special wolves from extinction by inbreeding, or let nature take its course.

Behind this is the bigger question: What's really natural, anyway?

The wolves are on Isle Royale, a huge island off Thunder Bay, Ont. Because of a twist in the international boundary, it's in U.S. waters, though closer to Canada's mainland.

Canadian animals have colonized it twice. In the early 1900s, moose swam over from the mainland and thrived.  more...



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Retired geologist says Lake Superior is the solution

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During Metroland Media Group’s investigation into the crisis on Georgian Bay, one name came kept coming up. Lifelong Port McNicoll resident and retired geologist, geochemist and engineer, James McCannell is described as an expert on the issue.
Instead of looking south to the St. Clair River to solve low water levels in the Great Lakes, the 97-year-old man turns north to Lake Superior to make his case. more...


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US poisons invasive Lake Michigan lamprey larvae

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In this photo taken July 16, 2010, a scientist with the Hammond Bay Biological Station near Huron Beach, Mich., holds a female sea lamprey. The lamprey uses its disk-shaped mouth and sharp teeth to fasten onto fish and suck out their bodily fluids. Beginning Tuesday, June 4, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to poison sea lamprey in Mitchell Creek, near where it enters lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. The agency says the treatments are 95 percent to 99 percent effective in killing the larvae.Federal wildlife workers will go after one of the Great Lakes’ greatest invasive pests this week when they poison the larvae of sea lamprey in a stream feeding Lake Michigan.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans treatments for Tuesday through next Sunday in the Mitchell Creek stream bottom. The creek flows through Traverse City State Park before entering Grand Traverse Bay’s east arm. The park is in Grand Traverse County’s East Bay Township, east of Traverse City.  more...


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Rep. Bill Huizenga echoes call for Great Lakes barrier to stem Asian carp invasion

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Asian CarpRep. Bill Huizenga applauded and echoed recent comments by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn about separating the Mississippi River from the Great Lakes system.

In a statement Monday, Huizenga said he was "encouraged" by Quinn's weekend call for a Chicago barrier to keep invasive species like Asian carp out of the lakes.

"A biological barrier preserves an estimated $7 billion in economic activity generated by Great Lakes fisheries, protects Michigan's pristine waters for our sportfishing and recreational boating industries, and helps safeguard the ecosystem from future invasive threats," Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said in the statement.  more...



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Belle Isle project improves fish habitat, opportunities for anglers

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A $2-million habitat restoration project on Belle Isle is expected to further the comeback story of fish on the Detroit River and make Detroit’s island park a more desirable destination for anglers.

Keith Flournoy, Belle Isle park manager for the city, called the improvements “wonderful.”

“Just the aesthetics of it look great,” he said. “And what it does for habitat, for the fish to thrive in this area; the opportunities for fishermen to have a better fishing experience both in the Detroit River and on Belle Isle ... I think it’s money well-spent.”  more...



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