Great Lakes
Great Lakes
Advocacy

USA - Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

A bipartisan group is leading a push to shore up the Great Lakes which have been battered by storms, high water and widespread coastal erosion in recent years.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - The battle for Lake Michigan: As beaches erode, millions of dollars have been poured into temporary solutions. Can anyone find a long-term fix?

LUDINGTON, MICHIGAN — As the wind whipped across the top of the Big Sable Point lighthouse, one of the most famous and beloved on the Great Lakes, Jim Gallie pointed to the disappearing beach: “It’s been progressively getting worse.”

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - Army Corps of Engineers Issues Enbridge Permit for $2.6B Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota

The permit is last big hurdle for the construction project, which will be one of largest in recent history for Minnesota.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IL - Aurora Looks to Approve Mastodon Lake Dredging

The Aurora City Council is set to approve dredging of Mastodon Lake on the East Side that would help drainage and water quality and ease flooding.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - As Great Lakes Pummel Michigan, Beach Towns Rush to Set Development Rules

GRINDSTONE CITY — Brandt Rousseaux loves the water, having spent two decades in the Coast Guard long before settling in this small community at the tip of Michigan’s thumb. But lately, gazing upon the shoreline from a fishing boat in Lake Huron has become an exercise in frustration.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - As Great Lakes Pummel Michigan, Beach Towns Rush to Set Development Rules

Brandt Rousseaux loves the water, having spent two decades in the Coast Guard long before settling in this small community at the tip of Michigan’s thumb. But lately, gazing upon the shoreline from a fishing boat in Lake Huron has become an exercise in frustration.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - Minnesota Environmental Regulators Approve Permits for $2.6B Enbridge Pipeline

Construction could start in December after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Department of Natural Resources approved the project; Army Corps of Engineers permit expected.

Great Lakes
Tourism

MI - Loved to Death: Iconic Michigan Lakeshores Battered by Crowds, Waste

Kristine Kolbus understands why people flock to the popular trailhead near her property in the heart of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Great Lakes
Aquaculture

IN - What if Genetically Engineered Salmon Escaped in Albany? Judge Rules FDA Must Consider

ALBANY, Ind. — A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to go back and complete its analysis of what might happen to normal salmon if genetically engineered (GE) salmon escaped from landlocked farms into the wild.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IL - Back in Business: Illinois River Opens

After being closed on July 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District, announced on Oct. 29 that lock and dam construction was complete and the Illinois Waterway locks have re-opened to navigation after a series of planned, extended consolidated closures.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Great Lakes - Road Trip Reveals Tributaries Effect on Great Lakes

A graduate student's road trip around Lake Michigan revealed the effects of small streams on the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes
Energy

OH - An Offshore Wind Farm on Lake Erie Moves Closer to Reality, but Will It Ever Be Built?

Icebreaker would be the first freshwater wind farm in North America. But after more than a decade, it is still jumping hurdles and polarizing environmental groups.

Great Lakes
Tourism

Great Lakes - Summertime Spike: Great Lakes Parks a Source of Balm and Vexation for Many During COVID-19

Great Lakes parks have always been popular among outdoor enthusiasts. This summer, however, pandemic-weary residents on both sides of the border flocked to them – many for the first time – just as services such as campsites, visitors’ centers, washrooms and interpretive programs were closed to help contain COVID-19.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Great Lakes - Lake Huron Forever Initiative Awards $50,000 to Support Great Lakes Health

The Lake Huron Forever initiative was developed in 2019 by shoreline community foundation and conservation partners from the United States and Canada to advance water quality protection and healthy sustainable communities on both sides of the lake.

Great Lakes
Engineering

OH - Ohio & Erie Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Project Complete

Daily the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ electric fish barriers deter the movement of Asian carp and other aquatic nuisance species (ANS) from passing through the Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal and into the Great Lakes.

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Great Lakes
Local

MI - Emmet County, Local Governments Pilot Statewide Coastal Training Program

PETOSKEY — Emmet County and other local governments this year are participating in a pilot program that may help provide resources and training to Michigan communities facing coastal erosion issues.

Great Lakes
Energy

NY - Great Lakes Offshore Wind: Permitting and Contracting Considerations

Great Lakes offshore wind presents a unique set of variables – economic, permitting and regulatory – with which New York State energy policymakers and project developers have yet to grapple.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Coastal Management: City of Marquette, MTU Awarded EGLE Grants

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy announced funding for 13 coastal management initiatives across the state on Wednesday.

Great Lakes
Property

Great Lakes - Rising Waters Threaten Communities Across Great Lakes Region

Along a shoreline that stretches farther than the combined length of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, waters driven by climate change have risen as much as 6 feet in less than a decade, washing away houses, destroying roads and threatening critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants in towns large and small.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - $1.87 Billion Bonding Bill to Help Shore up Duluth's Failing Seawalls

District 7B Rep. Liz Olson, DFL-Duluth, is looking to the funding to provide jobs and help jump-start Minnesota's economy.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Michigan EGLE Awards 13 Coastal Management Grants

Michigan Tech and the City of Marquette were each among those awarded funds.

Great Lakes
Property

Great Lakes - Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities

The ongoing disaster striking the coastal communities of the Great Lakes hasn’t captured national attention like hurricanes and wildfires elsewhere

Great Lakes
Property

Great Lakes - Lake Michigan Property Values in Indiana Are Climbing Despite Erosion Issues. One Possible Cause: Residents Fleeing Illinois.

Lakefront erosion is not hurting property values for communities along Lake Michigan’s shoreline, where housing prices have been on the rise since months after the COVID-19 pandemic and because of Illinois residents heading across state lines for lower taxes.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Great Lakes - Ohio & Erie Canal Project Complete, Project Team to Host Webinar

The Ohio & Erie Canal project delivery team will host a webinar October 15th at 2pm EST, to celebrate the completion of the Ohio & Erie Canal Aquatic Nuisance Species Barrier Project, that has the primary benefit of protecting the highly valuable commercial and recreational fisheries in Ohio and the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes
Science

Great Lakes - Shipwreck Life: How Fish and Other Aquatic Species Utilize Great Lakes Shipwrecks

All that remained of the schooner was a bit of its hull – a tightly-packed row of wooden planks stretching 40 feet across the bottom of Lake Huron.

Great Lakes
Waterways

MI - Lake Michigan Falls Below Record Level for Second Month, Lakeshore Impacts Far From Over

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The water level on Lake Michigan continued its seasonal decline and had fallen below record stage as of early October.

Great Lakes
Federal

USA - Sens. Duckworth, Durbin Announce $3.2 Million in FEMA Reimbursement for Flooding Recovery

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Oct. 2:

Great Lakes
Property

MI - South Haven's Maritime Museum Completes Purchase of Historic Waterfront Property

SOUTH HAVEN — The Michigan Maritime Museum is now closer to realizing its dream of embarking on an $8 million expansion of its waterfront grounds and exhibits.

Great Lakes
Recreation

Great Lakes - Lessons From Under the Ice

For some, the idea of diving the frigid waters of the Great Lakes in winter on a single breath might not be very alluring. But for others, this ice-topped wonderland provides a sanctuary for meditation and exploration. In Issue 13 of Oceanographic, Geoff Coombs takes us on a dream-like journey beneath the frozen waters of Lake Huron.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - $3.1M Effort Will Remove Muskegon Lake ‘Junk,’ Restore Shoreline

MUSKEGON, MI – Efforts to clean up Muskegon Lake that once was essentially used as a dump continues this summer with a $3.1 million initiative to remove “chunks of junk” from the lake bottom.

Great Lakes
Property

Great Lakes - Big Problems for Smallest Great Lake: More Precipitation, Warmer Temperatures and Controversial Regulation Plan Upend Life Along Lake Ontario

SODUS POINT, N.Y. — On Mother’s Day three years ago, Tom Frank was at his bayside restaurant, Captain Jack’s Good Time Tavern, when a brimming Lake Ontario surged onto the back patio.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

MI - $8M for Asian carp gauntlet project restored by Michigan Legislature

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a $778 million reconfiguration of the Brandon Road Lock & Dam to install a fish-deterrence system that includes an electric barrier, bubble barrier, acoustic deterrents and flushing lock.

Great Lakes
Science

NY - The wilds of one Lake Ontario bay reveal how coastal habitats suffer from changing climate, human choices

GREECE, N.Y. — Lake Ontario is more swamp than mighty Great Lake at the edge of Braddock Bay, where 15-foot cattails rustle in the breeze.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Great Lakes - Major Lake Michigan Tributary Removed From Polluted Site List

MENOMINEE, MI — A river that marks the border between Michigan and Wisconsin has been removed from a federal list of heavily polluted sites in Great Lakes waters, although it continues to have contamination issues with toxic fluorochemicals.

Great Lakes
Engineering

OH - Cleveland Harbor West Breakwater Gets $5.9 Million Repair

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is spending $5.9 million to fix part of Cleveland’s Lake Erie West Breakwater.

Great Lakes
Fisheries

WI - In Wisconsin's Green Bay, Walleye Swim Healthy Again

A 30-year effort to clean up the Lower Fox River by a coalition of local officials, business owners, educators, environmentalists, and outdoor enthusiasts is bearing fruit.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Frankfort residents come out against seawall on public beach

FRANKFORT, MI — After a public outcry a Frankfort condominium association withdrew a request for an easement to build a stone revetment seawall on a city-owned beach.

Great Lakes
Waterways

WI - Fontana Teams With Private Marina on Harbor Cleanup Study

FONTANA – A study on the causes of messy sediment buildup in the Abbey Harbor will be a public-private venture.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - Lawmakers Consider State Task Force for Flooding and Erosion Issues

LANSING -- State lawmakers are exploring a new task force aimed at combating flooding and soil erosion, a problem that Michigan has been experiencing most recently with Great Lakes water levels hitting record heights this past spring and summer.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Construction Continues on New Lock at Soo Locks With Contract Awarded for Phase 2

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WXYZ) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that the second phase of new lock in the Soo Locks has been given a contract.

Great Lakes
Energy

OH - Fifth Third Sets $8 Billion Sustainable Finance Goal

Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) today announced that it has set a new sustainable finance goal of $8 billion to be achieved by 2025.

Great Lakes
Property

Great Lakes - Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities

Along a shoreline that stretches farther than the combined length of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, waters driven by climate change have risen as much as 6 feet in less than a decade, washing away houses, destroying roads and threatening critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants in towns large and small.

Great Lakes
Property

Great Lakes - The Great Lakes Are Filled to Their Brims, With No Signs of Receding

Experts see the fingerprints of climate change on the lakes’ record high water levels.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IN - Beach Nourishment Effort Reverses Erosion's damage

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has, since August, been dredging sand to ease navigation at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

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