Great Lakes

7:05 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Keeping Asian Carp out of Great Lakes could cost $18-billion

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Army Corps of Engineers report lays out options, but does not make recommendation for keeping invasive fish out of Great Lakes
WASHINGTON - The Army Corps of Engineers today released its report on keeping Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes with a range of options, several of which could take decades to implement and cost $15-billion or more.
9:11 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

House committee approves bill to boost funding for Great Lakes ports and harbors

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously approved bill on Tuesday
Legislation that may boost federal funding for Great Lakes ports and harbors cleared a hurdle Thursday in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Water Resources and Reform and Development Act of 2013 essentially combines all those shipping destinations in the region into a single navigation system.
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.