Great Lakes

12:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

WestSouthwest: Walking the Great Lakes

Loreen Niewenhuis has a close encounter with a wave
Credit Loreen Niewenhuis

What’s an author to do after writing about a thousand-mile walk around Lake Michigan? If you’re Loreen Niewenhuis of Battle Creek the answer is simple: hike another thousand miles around parts of the other lakes. Niewenhuis recently published a new book about that experience called A 1,000-Mile Great Lakes Walk and it has received some national media attention.

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SW Michigan
7:01 am
Fri August 23, 2013

DNR: No Asian carp DNA in the Kalamazoo River

Asian carp
Credit Michigan Sea Grant / Flickr

Officials at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources say tests have not turned up any evidence for the presence of Asian carp in the Kalamazoo River. The invasive species has moved up the Mississippi River to Chicago. Traces of "environmental DNA" from the fish have been found in Lake Michigan beyond an electronic barrier in the Chicago Ship Canal designed to keep them out of the Great Lakes.

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7:07 am
Fri August 2, 2013

U.S. House committee reinstates money for Great Lakes restoration

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House and Senate remain split over how much money should be spent on fighting invasive species and reduce pollution runoff
Last week, environmentalists, lake advocates and their supporters were howling after a House Appropriations subcommittee cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $285 million to $60 million for next year. But today, the full Appropriations Committee agreed to provide $210 million for the program, on an amendment proposed by Reps.
6:23 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Obama administration proposes $50-million plan for keeping Asian Carp out of Great Lakes

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Skeptics say plan should separate lakes from the Mississippi River
WASHINGTON - Federal officials said today they will test new tools to control the spread of Asian carp, including strengthening an electronic barrier in the Chicago area, as part of a new strategy for keeping the invasive species out of the Great Lakes.
2:54 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Senators want Great Lakes in climate change plan

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The letter says the senators are "disappointed" that the Great Lakes weren't included in the plan released by the White House recently.
Six Great Lakes senators wrote President Barack Obama today, urging him "to fully incorporate the risks and impacts to the Great Lakes" in his plan to confront climate change. Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich. are among the letter's signatories.