Great Lakes
Great Lakes
Engineering

How to save Lake Erie’s disappearing shorelines

New research suggests that the rate of erosion will spike in the next 60 years, putting wildlife, property, and people at risk — and experts say we need to act now

Great Lakes
Engineering

Reeling in shoreline protection funding - Making contacts is key, county commissioner says

ST. JOSEPH, MICHIGAN — There are a lot of big fish out there that can help with shoreline erosion protection, Berrien County Commissioner Ezra Scott told St. Joseph residents and others Saturday, at a discussion called by the Below the Bluff Neighborhood Association.

Great Lakes
Property

High water levels foreshadow huge cost of climate change in Michigan

Anyone who doubts that climate change could deliver a nasty shock to Michigan's economy need only take a stroll along the Detroit riverfront these days.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

State action still needed to fully implement landmark Lake Michigan beach access ruling, advocates warn

PORTAGE — State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, will try again next year to insert specific protections in Indiana law for everything Hoosiers have enjoyed doing at their Lake Michigan beaches for more than a century.

Great Lakes
Recreation

Sleeping Bear Dunes now offering 'beach wheelchairs' for those who need

For those who have trouble walking but have always wanted to see Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northern Michigan, there is good news. In a Facebook post over the weekend, the national lakeshore said they now have beach wheelchairs available for free.

Great Lakes
Federal

'Seeking A New Normal': More Water In Mississippi River System Requires New Strategies

Inland Oceans: Increased Precipitation Across Mississippi River Basin Impacting Water Levels, River Use

Great Lakes
Property

Water worries shore thing as Great Lakes rise

Vanishing beaches, submerged docks and inundated cottages could put a damper on summer for many as Great Lakes water levels hit record highs, officials say.

Great Lakes
Energy

Winds of Change: Wind turbines on Lake Erie spark big support and big debate

Depending on the person asked, Cleveland could be looking at six wind turbines off Lake Erie’s shore, thousands of them or none at all.

Great Lakes
Science

Scientists predict toxic algal bloom in western Lake Erie

Predictions released this week bolster earlier forecasts that possibly toxic algae will form in western Lake Erie this summer, with a bloom that's more harmful than last year's but less severe than the one that fouled Toledo's drinking water five years ago.

Great Lakes
Science

Little attention has been paid to grass carp, a gluttonous herbivore that could decimate Great Lakes wetlands

Chicago has long been characterized as the last line of defense in the war to prevent bighead and silver carp from reaching the Great Lakes. But as efforts ramp up, another little-discussed species of Asian carp is already spawning in the region and could become the first to be established.

Great Lakes
Science

Overflowing Great Lakes pose new threat for endangered bird

Glen Haven, MICH – Peering through a spotting scope mounted on a tripod, researcher Alice Van Zoeren notices a piping plover skittering across a sandy, pebble-strewn Lake Michigan beach and hopping into a nest, swapping places with its mate.

Great Lakes
Property

How did Lake Ontario flooding get so out of hand?

In December 2016, a new Lake Ontario water management plan went into effect, crafted by the International Joint Commission, the U.S.-Canadian agency governing the Great Lakes. It replaced a plan that had been used since 1963.

Great Lakes
Waterways

US Army Corps of Engineers: Great Lakes water levels at record highs

DETROIT (WLUC) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces that based on preliminary data, new record high monthly mean water levels were set on Lakes Erie, St. Clair and Superior in the month of May.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Lake Erie just set a new water level record; ‘catastrophic erosion’ imminent

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -Lake Erie is full.So full, it set a record for the month of May for having the highest average water level according to the Army Corp of Engineers out of Detroit.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

Plans under way to secure and protect more of County’s south shore from wind power development

Prince Edward County, Ontario - Following the successful defence of the south shore of Prince Edward County from the impacts of industrial wind turbines, several organizations have been collaborating to secure and protect some of the last undeveloped natural areas along Lake Ontario’s northern shoreline.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Lake Ontario's rising waters are sinking area businesses

High water has flooded docks, wrecked breakwalls, may discourage summer tourism

Great Lakes
Engineering

Region goes back to the drawing board after state rejects funding to fight beach erosion

OGDEN DUNES, INDIANA - The Region lost out on $800,000 in sorely needed funding for an Army Corps of Engineers study on beach erosion, Executive Director of Indiana Dunes Tourism Lorelei Weimer told the Tourism Board at its meeting yesterday.

Great Lakes
Property

Flooding becoming bigger problem for Michigan

Detroiters are still wringing out their lives, two weeks after torrential downpours swamped roadways and homes.

Great Lakes
Property

In high water blame game, IJC says Cuomo is taking "cheap shots"

May 14, 2019 — Water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are almost two feet above average for this time of year, but they haven’t reached 2017 levels yet. On Sunday, Lake Ontario was still six and a half inches below where it was the same day two years ago, when major flooding hit the region.

Great Lakes
Property

Lake Erie's surging water levels imperil property values, tourism

More flooding and erosion — which affects everything from water quality to property values and tourism — are expected in the Great Lakes region this spring as water levels continue their rapid rise after a 14-year low.

Great Lakes
Recreation

Lake Michigan water levels reducing Whitefish Dunes beach

Rising water levels on Lake Michigan will mean crowded beaches at Whitefish Dunes State Park this summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is forecasting higher water levels on all of the Great Lakes this year.

Great Lakes
Engineering

High water: Lake Ontario communities prepare for ‘worse-case scenario’

Communities along Lake Ontario’s southern and eastern shores are continuing in a “worst-case scenario” mode this week, piling up sandbags and taking other preventative measures in anticipation of flooding that could come as early as this weekend.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Legislature's $800K cut of beach erosion funding leaves officials looking for answers

Portage, Indiana - Advocates for the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk are searching for another funding source for a federal study to save the park from erosion after $800,000 in state funding slated for the next two years was abruptly sliced from the final budget.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Temporary barrier fails in Davenport, and the Mississippi River floods downtown in Iowa's 3rd-largest city

Davenport abruptly joined the ranks of Iowa regions ravaged by muddy floodwaters this spring when the Mississippi River rushed into the downtown of the state's third-largest city Tuesday afternoon.

Great Lakes
Engineering

Portage lakefront gets $400K for erosion project in state budget

Sen. Karen Tallian secured the necessary funding in the state’s biennial budget toward a study to solve the erosion plaguing Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

Great Lakes
Engineering

New York: Oswego awaits federal money to make flooding repairs

OSWEGO — Oswego is hoping the federal government comes through with money to fix its beloved shoreline damaged during flooding in the summer of 2017.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

Ontario: Rolling out the carpet for accessibility at North Bay's waterfront

'It means a lot of my friends are now going to be able to access our downtown lake, dip their toes in the water and enjoy the lake like everybody else' Linda Thomas-Ouellette

Great Lakes
Engineering

Advocates say Indiana lakefront in Portage needs $1 million to fight erosion

INDIANA - Time is not on the side of the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. With the Indiana legislature preparing to finalize the state’s biennial budget this month, advocates working to save the riverwalk from further erosion and the resulting damage said receiving $1 million in state funds now toward beach nourishment and a study on long-term solutions is critical.

Great Lakes
Property

Global Floods Cause $8B in Economic Losses During March: Aon Catastrophe Report

Damage from flooding in March 2019 is estimated at US$8 billion from events across the globe, according to Aon’s “Global Catastrophe Recap – March 2019.”

Great Lakes
Engineering

State Review Powers at issue: Proposed USACE budget would end ban on dumping dredged materials in Lake Erie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A budget proposal that President Donald Trump unveiled last week calls for ending a ban on dumping material dredged from Cleveland harbor and the Cuyahoga River into Lake Erie without approval from the state of Ohio.

Great Lakes
Science

Great Lakes already hit by climate change

The Great Lakes region already is warming and changing faster than much of North America — and will continue to do so as global warming increases. That was the summary finding of a new report, released Thursday, compiled by 18 scientists from across the region, both U.S. and Canadian.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

New Jersey trying to write public beach access into law

Governments as far back as the Roman Empire have recognized it, but New Jersey is still trying to enshrine in law the public's right to have access to waterways and shorelines.

Great Lakes
Property

Bills would say how much of Lake Michigan's beaches are public -- and what you can do there

How much of Lake Michigan's beaches are public — and what you can do on them — is the subject of two bills currently making their way through the statehouse.

Great Lakes
Waterways

Brrrrr! Lake Superior Reaches 90 Percent Ice Cover

This Winter Marks Fifth Time In 2 Decades Lake Superior Has Nearly Frozen Solid

Great Lakes
Engineering

Gillibrand, Schumer to IJC: ‘Take all actions’ to prevent Lake Ontario flooding

March 02-- Mar. 2--New York's U.S. senators are urging the International Joint Commission to prevent a repeat of flooding that occurred in 2017 along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

'A grave danger' to beach rights

Mayor, non-profits warn SB 581 strips rights, endangers lakefront access to Lake Michigan.

Great Lakes
Advocacy

Save the Dunes opposes bill which would gut Lake Michigan shoreline access ruling

The Long Beach Community Alliance (LBCA) and Save the Dunes are warning that Indiana Senate Bill 581 poses a grave threat to Indiana public’s rights on the shoreline as well as to the management of upland dunes, affecting more than just Lake Michigan’s coastal communities.

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