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WI - 15 years later, Wisconsin university's massive Lake Michigan seawall frustrates downstream neighbors

In 2007, the Concordia University Wisconsin, in Mequon, Wis., finished fortifying a 130-foot bluff and building a 2,700-foot-long rock wall to buffer waves. The $12 million project was among the largest built along Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. Neighboring landowners soon noticed changes to their property.

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Waterways

MI - Two Generations and $70 Million Later, Muskegon Lake Is Restored

Audrey Whitaker, Circle of Blue – August 10, 2022 In West Michigan, Muskegon Lake will soon be removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The completion of restoration efforts comes after over 30 years and $70 million invested in cleanup. Along with the progress and promise of economic revitalization, there is still work to be done to protect water resources in this Lake Michigan Shoreline community.

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Engineering

MI - Staying above the potential rising tide: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 4 other organizations and Great Lakes states to look at coastal resiliency

VILLAGE OF WILSON, N.Y. — It’s tough to forget the images from 2017 and 2019. Historic water levels on Lake Ontario that spilled over the shoreline in Niagara County and beyond.

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Waterways

MI - New online map helps track harmful algal bloom reports in Michigan

LANSING — A new online mapping tool helps people know where harmful algal blooms in bodies of water have been reported in Michigan.

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Science

MI - Ocean Drones Launched in Lake Superior to Support $7B Great Lakes Fishery

Collecting data to improve fish counts, monitor environmental health, and help to protect native fish species.

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Engineering

WI - Seawalls ease property owners’ fears of erosion – but not for their neighbors

After Concordia University Wisconsin built a 2,700ft rock wall to protect its beach and bluff, neighbors saw their own beaches begin to wash away

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Waterways

OH - Toxic algal blooms are driving up water costs in the Great Lakes

In Toledo, Ohio, monitoring and treating algae-contaminated water from Lake Erie costs $100 per family per year

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Waterways

MI - Corps of Engineers awards $1.068 billion of the New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 contract

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District anticipates Phase 3 construction will start this summer with the $1.068 billion of the New Lock at the Soo Phase 3 contract award July 1, 2022.

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Recreation

MI - New bathrooms, fishing pier: $16M in improvements coming to 10 Michigan state parks

LANSING, MI -- Brick repairs on a historic lighthouse, a new universally accessible fishing pier, and renovations at one of the nation’s oldest glass houses are among the improvements coming soon to state parks across Michigan.

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Engineering

MI - Plan to save Lake Superior reef will be unveiled at UP meeting

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI — A public meeting will be held in the Upper Peninsula town of Lake Linden to present plans for removing vast amounts of crushed copper mining ore that’s slowly swallowing a stretch of Lake Superior coastline.

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Local

WI - Wisconsin court: Conservative holdover can stay on DNR board

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s conservative-controlled Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a conservative member of the Department of Natural Resources policy board may remain on the panel indefinitely in a far-reaching decision that leaves Democratic Gov. Tony Evers all but powerless to seat any of his appointees who need legislative approval.

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Science

USA - Great Lakes water levels could increase on average from 7.5 to 17 inches in next few decades, study says

New research into Great Lakes water levels looks farther into the future to predict how much climate change will increase lake levels in four of the five Great Lakes.

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Recreation

IN - Lake Michigan Beach Access - 3 Federal Judges Agree Shoreline Owners Cannot Prevent Use

A federal appeals court has rejected to overrule an Indiana Supreme Court decision that declared Lake Michigan beach access to the coastline is and has always been owned by the state of Indiana for public use.

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Fisheries

USA - The Fight to Keep Carp Out of the Great Lakes

Bighead, silver, and black carp—not to be confused with bigmouth buffalo or other native bottom-feeders—are all invasive species that exist in the Mississippi River basin and are on the doorstep of the Great Lakes.

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Fisheries

IL - Copi, formerly known as 'Asian carp,' gets $600k awareness campaign

As we first reported on Wednesday, the state of Illinois is launching an awareness campaign to entice consumers to try the invasive carp from the Illinois River now known as copi, formerly known as Asian carp.

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Waterways

USA - Great Lakes levels are likely to see continued rise in next three decades

The Great Lakes in the Midwest U.S. comprise the largest unfrozen freshwater stores on Earth. But too much of a good thing can create problems.

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Engineering

MN - Corps releases new dredged sand plan

Sand piles at Homer and Latsch Island aren’t going anywhere under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) new draft plan for managing dredge sand around Winona; however, there are some new options for sand disposal.

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Recreation

IL - Chicago’s Lakefront Park System Comes Up Short at Both Ends. Is It Time To Revive the ‘Last 4 Miles’ Plan?

Chicago’s lakefront spans 30 miles. Chicago’s string of lakefront parks and beaches doesn’t. Instead, it measures 26 miles, with public access blocked at various points on the shoreline’s north and south ends.

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Waterways

IL - Protect Lake Michigan from toxic sites along its shore, while there’s still time

Higher water levels, wind and waves from bigger storms could wash contaminants from hazardous sites into the lake.

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Science

MN - Sea Grant Shipboard Science Workshop to Launch With 11 Great Lakes Educators

Duluth, Minn. — Eleven Great Lakes educators will cruise Lake Superior from the Port of Duluth-Superior to the French River in Minnesota and the Amnicon River in Wisconsin this summer to gain hands-on freshwater science experience, curricula and resources that they can take home and use in their classrooms and other teaching environments.

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Science

MI - On Lake Superior, a $1 billion eco-disaster is swallowing the coast

KEWEENAW COUNTY, MI — Robert Regis was dumbstruck at the damage Lake Superior had wrought on his property.

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