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Michigan to present harvested chinook salmon stocking options to anglers along Lake Huron

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State Department of Natural Resources officials will hold a public meeting Wednesday in Cheboygan to discuss chinook salmon stocking efforts in Lake Huron.  more...


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Lake Superior water level expected to rise

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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, has set the Lake Superior outflow to 1,750 cubic meters per second for the month of August, effective August 3, 2011.  more...


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EDITORIAL: Close Chicago locks to protect lakes

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers insists its efforts to keep dangerous Asian carp out of the Great Lakes are working. Evidence says otherwise.And the fact that the Corps was coy in releasing that evidence - positive DNA samples from above their barriers, taken in May and June, but quietly posted on a website last week - is all the more reason for outrage.  more...


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Freak storm, aging sewers and Chicago's topography lead to flooding woes

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Chicago's Deep Tunnel was billed as an engineering marvel that would "bottle rainstorms," but one of the nation's most expensive public works projects was no match for the biggest rainstorm in the city's recorded history.

Last weekend's deluge quickly saturated aging sewers in the city and suburbs and soon overwhelmed the Deep Tunnel, a cavernous $3 billion backup system built to prevent flooding and protect Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and suburban waterways from water pollution.  more...



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ANALYSIS: Great Lakes offshore wind projects move at different speeds

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Winds are shifting over the Great Lakes, with offshore wind development in Ohio's lake waters moving forward while projects in New York languish. more...


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Freshwater takes the spotlight in “The Ripple Effect”

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"A river is like a urinary tract." And so begins my favorite paragraph in Alex Prud'homme's new book, The Ripple Effect. The New York native tackles the state of freshwater, how it got here and where it's headed. more...


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Experts answer questions about the Great Lakes

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Inquisitive about the Great Lakes? Submit or tweet your questions and they could be answered by scientists or other experts. Specialists on board the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s research vessel Lake Guardian are exploring Lake Superior this week. more...

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COMMENTARY: A voice of reason amid the Asian carp hysteria

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More than 30 potential pathways have been identified where Asian carp could migrate into the Great Lakes basin, and the CAWS is one of the few that is protected because it has an electronic fish barrier. More time and resources need to be spent on securing these other possible avenues of entry.   more...


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Michigan issues health advisory for contaminated Lake Michigan trout

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The state of Michigan is warning people about the potential health risk of eating larger lake trout from Lake Michigan because of concerns about possible contaminants. Michigan's Department of Community Health recommends people avoid eating trout that are 20 inches or longer.  more...


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Efforts continue to get permits for large river improvement project

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Officials still are in the permitting phase of the Pigeon River Watershed improvement project -- which is unlike any other that's ever been done in the state.  more...


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Lake Erie workers ask feds to bar Asian carp

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The message from federal officials was clear: No Asian carp are known to have passed through the electric barriers designed to keep the invasive species out of the Great Lakes.

The message from those who make their living from Lake Erie and work to protect the natural resource was clear too: Shut the door now between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan watersheds near Chicago so the Asian carp cannot invade the lake.  more...



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Fishflies Pay Annual Visit to the Waterfront

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It's that wonderful time of year when people are out enjoying the year's longest days and plenty of boating, fishing and other fun-in-the-sun activities.

To waterfront residents and merchants, it's also time for the annual onshore visit of millions of fishflies, which emerge from the surface of the lake and can be seen by the thousands under streetlamps, at windows and clustered all over brightly lit business establishments. more...



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Swimming in Lake Michigan: the straight poop

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Swimming in Lake Michigan can be a scary though for many who regularly go to the beach. Even though the lake is safe to swim in, most people barely submerge their feet.  more...


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Eric Sharp: Proof that Asian carp is harmful is in science

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Scientists have published a study that rejects arguments from people who say the Great Lakes are not threatened immediately by Asian carp.

When you get a chance in the next few days, copy and paste this Web address to read a paper in the Journal of Great Lakes Research, a peer-reviewed source of science news:

http://news.msu.edu/media/documents/2011/06/12af5b94-962e-494d-bd56-ec1243212057.pdf

Judge for yourself evidence from four experts who suggest people arguing against efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes aren't telling the whole story, and that it's time to separate the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal from Lake Michigan.  more...



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Experts discuss Lake St. Clair, Great Lakes fisheries

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Biologists and experts from Michigan Department of Natural Resources and United States Fish and Wildlife Service discussed the state of the Great Lakes fisheries Thursday evening at Metropolitan Beach.  more...


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