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Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region

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Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region PosterPlease join us for "Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region," a conference at Michigan State University on April 9-10, 2008.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, and adequate response to it will have to be developed at the regional as well as at the global and national level.

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Care with boat keeps dangerous species away

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By Charles M. Bartholomew

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources unveiled a new poster of native fish swimming in Lake Michigan recently to promote awareness of the lake's fragile ecosystem.

Perhaps the DNR should commission a military-style "Uncle Sam Wants You" poster for boaters and fishermen in the war against invasive species that has been going on for almost 50 years.

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Milestone of Great Lakes invader no cause for celebration

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By John Myers

Conservation groups on Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of the discovery of zebra mussels in the Great Lakes by calling for federal laws to stem the tide of new invasive species.

Zebra mussels were first discovered in Lake St. Claire in 1988 and over 20 years have spread across the Great Lakes and into most of the nation’s major inland riverways, now moving even into the western U.S.

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Nonmigrating ducks dying; weather blamed

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By Steve Pardo

Michigan's weird weather is blamed for ducks dying by the hundreds on the shores of Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River -- key stops in the birds' annual migrations.

Between 600 and 800 canvasback and redhead ducks have turned up dead along the shores, according the state Department of Natural Resources. Traditionally, they -- along with hundreds of thousands of other ducks -- some from as far away as Hudson Bay -- spend the late fall here, fattening up before moving to warmer climes.

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New York Joins Great Lakes Water Resources Compact

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New York State will join seven other Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces in a formal effort to protect and improve the water resources of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin.

Legislation authorizing New York's participation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact was signed by former Governor Eliot Spitzer on March 4, 2008.

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Man with cabin in Huron County pens ditty bemoaning shoreline slime

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by Jeff Kart

Over in Michigan's Thumb, the beach muck is so bad that people discuss it around the campfire.

Now folks here have a song to sing around the flames, penned by Clifford Stuehmer, an amateur songwriter from the Detroit area who has a summer cabin in Huron City.

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Appeals court rejects sonar waiver for Navy

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/ecosystems/article/30145A federal appeals court has rejected White House efforts to exempt the U.S. Navy from laws intended to protect endangered whales and other marine mammals by curbing the use of sonar off the California coast.

A three-judge panel late on Friday upheld a lower court order requiring the Navy to take precautions during the sonar training to minimize harm to marine life.

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Mighty Lake Michigan could suffer from global warming

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HOTWATER_view of lake and downtown skyline
By Phil Taylor

As a source for Chicago’s drinking water, Lake Michigan has enjoyed a stable  water level that has fluctuated no more than six feet since Great Lakes record keeping began in the mid-1800s. 

But scientists who study the lake, the world's fifth largest with l,300 cubic miles of water, warn that global warning of 3 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit could  reduce water levels and disrupt the lake's ecological balance.

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Going, gone: This is Great Lakes Roses' last season

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By Nancy Szerlag

Most commercial roses are grown on grafted stock, because grafted plants are quick-growing and their roots are more uniform, making them easier to dig with machines.

The downside is grafted roses suffer decline after the first season due to winterkill, and they require lots of winter protection. But all the plants at Great Lakes Roses are grown on their own roots.

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Local Investment in Great Lakes Protection and Restoration

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Local Investment in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence (Full Report) The Great Lakes Commission in partnership with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Cities Initiative and with support by the Joyce Foundation is conducting a 12-month study to identify local level investment in protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.

Funded by the Joyce Foundation, this project is an effort to continue the momentum of the U.S. based Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC)—a yearlong process whereby hundreds of public, private, citizen groups and tribes/First Nations from across the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes basin collaborated to produce a Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes in December, 2005.

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Fouled lakes spark fertilizer debate

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By Jim Lynch

The small cove along Lake St. Clair where James and Dawn Doran bought their dream home was meant for swimming and boating.

Instead, a gradual six-year buildup of vegetation and slime starting at the water's edge has rendered it virtually useless -- and the couple believe phosphorus is to blame.

The naturally occurring nutrient found in fertilizers, detergents, manure and faulty septic systems often makes its way into the Clinton River through runoff and seepage, and eventually into Lake St. Clair.

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The gold is in our green

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Posted by Jeff Alexander

West Michigan's abundant natural resources — forests, sand dunes, wetlands and water — provide a variety of benefits that are worth at least $1.6 billion annually, according to a new study.

Putting a dollar figure on nature, also known as green infrastructure, is a tricky business, technically and philosophically. But officials at the West Michigan Strategic Alliance sought to demonstrate that nature is valuable and that damaging it comes at a price.

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Killing The Common Carp

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The Common Carp was introduced a century ago and has been causing havoc in rivers, ponds and lakes ever since.

In thousands of lakes and ponds across the country, there's a fish messing up the water. Some biologists say we've never seen these lakes the way nature intended due to the common carp. The usual method to get rid of the common carp is to kill everything in the lake and start over. Some biologists think there's got to be a better way.

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Groups pan Bush's Great Lakes budget

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By Ellyn Fergusen

The economy and environment of the Great Lakes region would suffer under President Bush's 2009 budget request, two groups said Wednesday.

The Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, which represents commercial shippers who ply the five lakes, and the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, a collection of environmental groups, called on Congress to provide more money than the Bush administration wants.

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St. Lawrence Plan for a Sustainable Development

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Integrated management plan for Isle-aux-Coudres

The St. Lawrence Plan Web site is devoted entirely to the St. Lawrence River. It also presents the results of activities carried out jointly by the governments of Canada and Quebec under the St. Lawrence Plan. The Plan is a collaborative effort between the Canadian and Quebec governments to protect, conserve and enhance the St. Lawrence ecosystem, taking a sustainable development approach.

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