Great Lakes
Great Lakes
Engineering

ILL - How bitter cold winter blasts and a warming planet will chew up the Lake Michigan shoreline, faster and faster

On a tucked-away South Shore beach, there once were cool shallows to swim and buried shells to dig up. For those living feet away, there was the sound of the water, the constant, gentle splash on sand.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Activists Find Evidence of Formosa Plant in Texas Still Releasing Plastic Pollution Despite $50 Million Settlement

On the afternoon of January 15, activist Diane Wilson kicked off a San Antonio Estuary Waterkeeper meeting on the side of the road across from a Formosa plastics manufacturing plant in Point Comfort, Texas. After Wilson and the waterkeeper successfully sued Formosa, the company agreed to no longer release even one of the tiny plastic pellets known as nurdles into the region’s waterways.

Great Lakes
Science

WI - UW-Green Bay Professor Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris honored by Wisconsin Academy

The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters announced on Jan. 14, 2020, the seven recipients of the 2020 Academy Fellows Award. Among them was UW-Green Bay Prof. Emeritus Hallet J. ‘Bud’ Harris (NAS), who has dedicated his career and life’s work to scientific solutions to Great Lakes issues.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

IN - Proposed state law would limit public access to Lake Michigan beaches

A landmark 2018 Indiana Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the shoreline of Lake Michigan is owned by the state and held in trust for use by all Hoosiers could be undone by legislation set for a hearing Monday in the House Judiciary Committee.

Great Lakes
Federal

IL - While Lake Michigan pounds Chicago shore, Trump administration delays protections

The lake is claiming beachfront homes, flooding basements, submerging piers, closing parts of Lake Shore Drive and bike paths, and washing away beaches.

Great Lakes
Science

Great Lakes - Ice cover currently ‘well-below average’ on Lake Huron

A coastal stewardship coordinator with the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation says ice cover on Lake Huron can vary dramatically from year to year and this year the ice cover on Lake Huron, at this point, is well below the average.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Army Corps warns of another rise in Great Lakes levels after record year

DETROIT — Water levels on all of the Great Lakes are higher this month than they started in 2019, the year record levels were set on the waterways, the Army Corps of Engineers announced this week.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - Homeowner says goodbye to cottage that went over bluff

WHITE RIVER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A homeowner is saying goodbye to her beloved cottage, which toppled off a bluff after aggressive erosion along Lake Michigan.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MN - Duluth prepares to make hardened shoreline its top legislative priority

In light of the repeated lashing Duluth's waterfront has taken in recent years, it should come as no surprise that Mayor Emily Larson's chief objective in the coming legislative session will be to seek $13.5 million in state bonding funds to shore up the city's coastal infrastructure.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - Homeowners near the Great Lakes face a ‘very scary’ challenge: How do you handle a generation’s worth of water level changes in just a few years?

On a frigid morning in late fall, resort owner Mark Engle studied the mangled planks and dock posts scattered along an ice-glazed channel that feeds into Lake Huron.

Great Lakes
Recreation

WI - Believe it or not, people surf on Lake Michigan in winter. One Milwaukee man is making surfboards out of coffee sacks to keep the water clean.

You might be surprised to learn surfing is increasingly popular on the Great Lakes. In fact, some enthusiasts plunge into Lake Michigan any chance they get, any time of year.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - Meeting to discuss Great Lakes levels and more

MANISTEE — Learn more about high Great Lakes levels, weather and storms, and coastal impact during an information meeting later this month.

Great Lakes
Waterways

NY - IJC's special winter management may help lower Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River

High water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River will remain a big concern for shoreline communities. In response, New York State created the REDI commission, which plans to improve infrastructure and make communities more resilient to flooding.

Great Lakes
Local

Ontario - $1 M spent to protect water treatment plant as water levels rise

The recent rise in water levels on Lake Huron has the town of Goderich, Ontario spending more than $1 million to protect its treatment plant for drinking water.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Michigan Saw Impacts of Climate Change in 2019, Including Record Great Lakes Water Levels

The United Nations annual climate talks in Madrid, Spain ended with a general call for greater efforts to tackle climate change, but no agreement on concrete steps to reduce global warming. The meetings capped a year in which the effects of climate change became more apparent around the world and the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes
Waterways

With Podcast: Does the Port of Chicago have a future? A next-door neighbor makes clear it does

Indiana’s Burns Harbor has a lot to teach Chicago and Illinois about what a well-funded and modern port could mean for our city and state.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI: Crews to begin dredging Lake Superior harbor to support fish

Crews were expected to start removing more copper mining waste rock known as stamp sands that have built up in an Upper Peninsula waterway and threaten an important fish spawning area, according to state officials.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IN - Commissioners declare emergency over erosion at Lake Michigan shoreline

The Porter County Commissioners have declared an emergency for the entire Porter County portion of the Lake Michigan shoreline following a sharp increase in erosion activity in Beverly Shores.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Coastal Forum focuses on shore erosion, innovative solutions

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) hosted the fourth annual Lake Forum at Beach Street Station last week. Experts, elected officials, representatives from organizations and First Nations gathered to discuss issues and key priorities along the shoreline, including the need for innovative solutions for erosion.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Lake Huron: More shoreline work on Old Lakeshore

Work is being done this week on Sarnia’s erosion-prone Lake Huron shoreline.

Great Lakes
Engineering

MI - Great Lakes water levels to rise in 2020, threatening Michigan's state parks

LANSING — Water is rising along Michigan's prized Great Lakes shoreline, shrinking beaches, eroding dunes, flooding campgrounds, costing millions.

International
Waterways

Canada Infrastructure Bank invests $300M in new Montreal terminal

The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) has announced its seventh investment project, committing $300 million in financing to the Port of Montreal’s plan to build a new container terminal in Contrecoeur.

Great Lakes
Federal

House Passes Kilmer Coastal Protection Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday voted to approve a package of bipartisan bills to protect vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by climate change.

Great Lakes
Engineering

IL - Can Any Rogers Park Beaches Be Saved? Crews Work To Protect Howard Beach’s Remaining Shoreline As Lake Swells

Work has wrapped up at Juneway Beach, where the city erected a massive rock wall to fight shoreline erosion.

Great Lakes
Property

IN - New lawsuit again seeks to limit public access to Lake Michigan beaches

PORTER — Three lakefront property owners in the town of Porter are renewing the fight over public access to Lake Michigan beaches.

Great Lakes
Property

MI - As Lake Michigan beach erosion worsens, officials and residents take concerns to Capitol Hill

STEVENSVILLE — Mike Rutkowski has been in a struggle to preserve a longtime family home that’s been getting closer and closer to the waters of Lake Michigan the past couple of years.

Great Lakes
Property

Big waves pound Lake Michigan shoreline

Some residents said the waves were bigger than they've ever seen before. Water levels in Lake Michigan are historically high, raising concerns about potential shoreline erosion and flooding.

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