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More than Obama Need to Lead on Great Lakes Carp Strategy

More than Obama Need to Lead on Great Lakes Carp Strategy

  Great Lakes environmentalists welcomed the White House’s recent acceleration of a plan to permanently protect the Great Lakes. But many are less than impressed because it doesn’t come with a commitment to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds at the Chicago Waterways System. If they want that to happen, they’ll need […]

Officials, organizations team up to reduce agriculture runoff into Lake Huron

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Officials, organizations team up to reduce agriculture runoff into Lake Huron

With a bit of help, farmers can now improve their land and reduce farm runoff into Lake Huron, one ton of soil a time. A group interested in protecting the lake’s water quality is providing funds to farmers to reduce the draining of sediment, fertilizers and other soil pollutants into the lake. The Pinnebog River […]

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River monitoring cuts could stop crucial data flow to river regulators

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River monitoring cuts could stop crucial data flow to river regulators

More than a dozen devices broadcasting crucial water data from rivers across Michigan could soon be switched off as a result of projected state and federal budget cuts. The U.S. Geological Survey’s network of 178 stream and lake gauges in Michigan most commonly measure the height and volume of water flowing through rivers. Some measure […]

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Meet the Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror invaders

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Meet the Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror invaders

By Alice Rossignol and Rachael Gleason for  Great Lakes Echo In a contest modeled after the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, Great Lakes Echo is  pitting 16 of the most formidable terrestrial invasive species against each other in “land brawls” and you can set up a bracket and fighter profiles. Welcome to the Great Lakes […]

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Sprawl, Climate Change, Carp Control Hinder Chicago Sewer Overflow Solution

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The city is aggressively looking for ways to keep rainwater from entering the sanitary sewer system so overflows are not discharged untreated. Such contamination can prompt beach closures and threaten water quality. The challenge is complicated by environmental issues as diverse as climate change, sprawl and the spread of invasive species. Read the full story […]

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Great Lakes SmackDown!

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By Alice Rossignol and Rachael Gleason, Great Lakes Echo Zebra mussel, sea lamprey, round goby – they’re household names when it comes to Great Lakes invasive species – but which one is the worst for the ecosystem? That’s what the “Great Lakes SmackDown!” will find out. We chose eight of the Great Lakes’ most formidable […]

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Report: Senate’s Climate Bill Failure Leaves 481,000 Great Lakes Jobs on the Table

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Report: Senate’s Climate Bill Failure Leaves 481,000 Great Lakes Jobs on the Table

By Jeff Gillies, Great Lakes Echo When the U.S. Senate abandoned greenhouse gas-curbing legislation, they also pulled the plug on 1.9 million new clean energy jobs, according to a report released by a coalition of business groups. The report cites state-specific numbers of “jobs forgone” for only four Great Lakes states — mostly those with […]

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