Great Lakes

Female gray wolf photo
Seney Natural History Association / flickr creative commons

A federal appeals court Tuesday retained federal protection for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region, ruling that the government acted prematurely when it dropped them from the endangered species list.

St. Louis River
Derek Montgomery / Minnesota Public Radio News

Long-standing plans to clean up the headwaters of Lake Superior have been thrown into doubt by Trump administration budget priorities.

environmental cleanup
Flickr - NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

The state of Michigan is working on a plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie, but the Michigan Environmental Council says the plan doesn’t do enough.

 


Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP

Invasive fish and plants that have plagued the Great Lakes region for decades are getting some special attention this week. 


ELIZABETH MILLER/IDEASTREAM

Sheila Consaul purchased the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light in 2011 – and since then, she’s renovated and refurbished her unique summer home.  


Great Lakes shoreline
Lloyd Degrane

One of two survivors of the Carl D. Bradley sinking nearly 60 years ago will share his experiences in northwestern Lower Michigan.

Lake Huron
Bobby Mikul / publicdomainpictures.net

A wet spring season has experts predicting that summer water levels for the Great Lakes could be higher than normal and above last year's mark through early fall.

Great Lakes States groups file EPA suit

Apr 26, 2017
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Environmental groups from Ohio and Michigan have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, after accusing the agency of failing to protect Lake Erie.

View of Great Lakes from space
Jeff Schmaltz / NASA/GSFC

An organization representing tens of thousands of Michigan anglers and hunters has joined critics of a plan to cut federal funding to restore the Great Lakes.

 

Last week, a leaked spending plan from the Trump administration showed proposed cuts that would reduce federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million.

 

The initiative helps pay to improve water quality and restore wetlands. 

 

Drew Youngedyke is a spokesman for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

 

Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials say they'll continue efforts to prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, despite uncertainty about what Donald Trump might propose.

Great Lakes Year in Review 2016

Dec 13, 2016
Lake Superior photo
Pixabay

The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn't the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. We review and update those stories, and look ahead to 2017, with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.

Lake Erie algae photo
Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


Great Lakes
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A bi-national group of Great Lakes mayors wants its governors and premiers to reverse a decision to allow Waukesha Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan. We review that environmental story and others coming up on Current State’s Great Lakes Month in Review.


Great Lakes
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A former oil company executive is awaiting confirmation by the Michigan Senate to become the state’s next director of the Department of Environmental Quality, and an assessment of Enbridge Energy’s controversial Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits is in the works. We talk with Great Lakes environmental reporter Gary Wilson for our Environment Month in Review.


Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

All eight of the Great Lakes states have given their blessing to the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin to tap Lake Michigan for it's water supply. We talk with Great Lake commentator Gary Wilson and Grant Trigger, Michigan's representative to the talks.


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