Great Lakes

Biologists Call For Continued Protection Of Great Lakes Wolves A group of scientists is taking issue with colleagues who want the federal government to remove gray wolves in the Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.
Minnesota Wolf Protection Would End With Senate BillTwo U.S. senators announced a renewed push Thursday to strip federal protection from gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming — and to prohibit courts from intervening in those states on the embattled predator's behalf. Legislation introduced this week would order the Department of the Interior to reissue orders from 2011 and 2012 that dropped wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming from the endangered species list.
Crews Find Asian Carp Creeping Closer To Lake MichiganFederal crews have discovered two Asian carp in the Illinois River, 12 miles closer to Lake Michigan than where others of that size previously were seen.
Agencies, Enbridge Plan Straits Of Mackinac Oil Spill DrillState and federal agencies are teaming with pipeline operator Enbridge Energy Partners for an oil spill response exercise in the area where crude is piped beneath the Great Lakes.
Officials Say Sea Lamprey Numbers Down Across Great LakesPopulations of invasive, fish-killing sea lampreys have fallen to their lowest point in decades across the Great Lakes, showing that control measures costing millions of dollars a year are paying off, officials said Wednesday. Lamprey numbers have reached a 30-year low in Lake Huron and a 20-year low in Lake Michigan, according to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a U.S.-Canadian organization. Numbers also are down significantly in the other lakes.
Great Lakes Gas Prices Jump After Partial Refinery ShutdownOil and gas industry watchers said Wednesday prices at the pump have jumped across the Great Lakes region because of the unexpected, partial shutdown of a large Indiana oil refinery, and those increases could continue.
Agencies Release $60M Plan For Asian Carp Detection, ControlGovernment agencies plan to spend nearly $60 million over the next two years in the battle to prevent invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where scientists say they could unravel food chains and harm native fish.
Wis. Scientists Targeted For Cuts Studied GOP IssuesThe group of state Department of Natural Resources scientists that Republican lawmakers targeted for cuts has been working on a number of politically charged issues in recent years, including climate change, pollution and mining.
Panel To Study Proposals For Great Lakes Fish FarmingA panel of experts will study proposals to allow fish farming in Michigan's Great Lakes waters.
Scientists To Discuss Plastic Challenge In Great LakesScientists specializing in the Great Lakes are going to be hearing about the challenge plastic pollution poses for the lakes during a conference at the University of Vermont.
US, Canadian Crews Clearing Path Through Lake Superior IceU.S. and Canadian crews are working to clear a path through ice on eastern Lake Superior that's left freighters unable to move, including one that had a hole punched in its hull. The Canadian Coast Guard says that by Wednesday afternoon, six vessels heading toward the lower lakes and 12 vessels heading toward upper Lake Superior were waiting to move.
Bipartisan Group In Congress Urges No Great Lakes Fund CutsMembers of Congress from both parties are lobbying colleagues not to cut funding from a key Great Lakes environmental program. Fifty-one representatives sent a letter Monday in support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
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