Great Lakes Commission Says Billions Needed For Water UpgradesA Great Lakes organization wants governments in the U.S. and Canada to fund massive infrastructure upgrades to provide safe drinking water and support waterborne freight transport.
Grants Given To Help Great Lakes CitiesThe federal government is handing out $2 million to cities along the Great Lakes to cut down storm water runoff and improve water quality at beaches.
Gov. Dayton Votes To Support Great Lakes DiversionMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he voted to approve a proposal by the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to divert Great Lakes water because the plan will provide environmental benefits and safe drinking water while having little negative impact on the lakes.
Officials Release Plan For Boosting Great Lakes Maritime TradeAn organization representing states and Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region released a $3.8 billion plan Wednesday designed to improve their shared maritime transportation system and make cargo shipping more competitive.
Coast Guard Advises Caution On Northern Great Lakes IceRain, winds and above-freezing temperatures are in the forecast for this weekend. Those conditions are expected to bring melting and weakening ice in the Great Lakes region.
Report: Great Lakes States Need $80B For Water, Sewer FixesFederal regulators say nearly $80 billion is needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region.
Minnesotans Getting Another Dose Of Arctic ColdThanks to El Niño, the winter was off to a relatively mild start. But the National Weather Service says Minnesota is in for dangerously frigid weather this weekend.
Best Backpacking Trails In The Continental USA brief profile of five of the best backtracking trails in the continental United States
EPA OKs 'Sex Lure' To Trap Invasive Sea LampreysFor the first time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a synthetic sexual lure to help capture sea lampreys in the Great Lakes. Lampreys are eel-like creatures that invaded the lakes in the last century and severely depleted populations of trout and other native fish.
Asian Carp Could Make Up One-Third Of Lake Erie's Fish WeightA scientific report says if Asian carp become established in Lake Erie, they eventually could make up about one-third of the lake's combined fish weight and cause drop-offs in other fish species.
Ship Stranded Outside Duluth Harbor Permitted To DockA German-operated cargo ship that was force to stay outside a Lake Superior port in Minnesota for more than a month over alleged environmental violations was allowed to dock Wednesday, and port authorities said they were hopeful that the oceangoing ship would be allowed to leave in time to avoid getting stuck for the winter.
Budget Compromise Would Land Great Lakes Program $300MA wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program appears to have survived the latest attempt to cut it. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would get $300 million next year under a massive spending bill crafted by congressional negotiators. The House and Senate are expected to vote on the package this week.