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Icy Lake Superior Means Slow Shipping Season Start

This year’s shipping season is getting off to a slow start due to record levels of ice on the Great Lakes after an extremely cold winter. Some ice on Lake Superior is still several feet thick, and ice breakers are working to carve paths for ships. Jim Sharrow with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority says that even with the help, several fleets have delayed their first sailing until early April.

03/22/2014

Great Lakes ice cover as of March 8th, 2014. (credit: NOAA/Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory)

Lake Michigan Ice Cover Breaks 37-Year-Old Record

Lake Michigan’s ice cover has set a record. The federal government’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor reports that ice spread across 93.29 percent of the lake’s surface area on Saturday.

03/11/2014

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Weather Blog: Lake Ice Cometh!

On March 6, 2014 we received word from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory that the Great Lakes were 92.2% covered by ice — the second-highest ice cover on record.

03/11/2014

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Study: Grass Carp Pose Dangers For Great Lakes

A newly released scientific paper raises fresh concerns about the potential for grass carp to invade the Great Lakes and do significant damage. The fight to prevent Asian carp from reaching the lakes has focused mostly on bighead and silver carp, which could unravel food chains because they gobble huge amounts of plankton.

03/10/2014

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Snow, Ice Cover Will Boost Great Lakes Levels

Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.

03/05/2014

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Report: Great Lakes Levels Rebounded In 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Great Lakes water levels rebounded sharply last year after a prolonged low period dating from the late 1990s. A report issued Tuesday says Lake Superior rose early two feet, almost twice as much ground as it usually gains during its seasonal rise

03/04/2014

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Advocates Lobby Feds For Great Lakes Programs

Great Lakes advocates are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week to lobby for funding of environmental projects and to discuss strategies for dealing with challenges such as invasive species. More than 100 people from the eight-state region are attending the Great Lakes Commission’s semiannual meeting and other activities.

03/04/2014

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Great Lakes Levels Rise, But Slump Hasn’t Ended

Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it’s too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday.

11/20/2013

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Report: Measure Great Lakes Cleanup Progress

A government report says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should do more to make sure a Great Lakes cleanup program is meeting its goals. Congress has spent about $1.3 billion on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative over the past four years.

11/08/2013

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Wayne Offers Tuition Break To Great Lakes Students

If you live in one of the Great Lakes states or Ontario, Wayne State University says you can pay only a bit more than the undergraduate tuition for Michigan residents.

10/23/2013

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Study: Few Asian Carp Needed To Establish Foothold

A small number of Asian carp might be enough to establish a population in the Great Lakes that eventually could pose a serious threat to other fish species and the region’s economy, a Canadian scientist said Monday.

09/16/2013

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Experts: Climate Primary Factor On Lake Levels

Placing water retention structures in the St. Clair River may not be enough to counteract the effects of a warming climate and raise Lakes Huron and Michigan to their normal levels, experts said Monday.

09/09/2013

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Tall Ships Festival Underway In Duluth

The 2013 Tall Ships Festival is underway in Duluth. Nine tall ships sailed into Duluth harbor on Tuesday to open the four-day festival. Two U.S. Coast Guard cutters led the ships in. About 250,000 tourists are expected to travel to Duluth.

07/26/2013

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Teachers From IL, MN, NY, PA, OH Study Great Lake

Fifteen teachers from five states are spending the week on Lake Ontario as part of a research program. The teachers, from elementary to high school, are aboard the Lake Guardian, a research vessel operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

07/10/2013

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Scientists: Timber In Lake Michigan Centuries Old

A wooden beam embedded at the bottom of northern Lake Michigan appears to have been there for centuries, underwater archaeologists announced Tuesday, a crucial finding as crews dig toward what they hope is the carcass of a French ship that disappeared while exploring the Great Lakes in the 17th century.

06/18/2013

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Remote Mich. Village Abuzz Over Shipwreck Search

Commercial fisherman Larry Barbeau’s comings and goings usually don’t create much of a stir in this wind-swept Lake Michigan outpost, but in the past few days, his phone jangles the minute he arrives home.

06/17/2013

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Great Lakes Governors Seek Agreement On Invasives

Despite an unresolved dispute over Asian carp, states that surround the Great Lakes hope to develop a common strategy for battling invasive species during a meeting of governors and other top officials that began Friday.

05/31/2013

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Great Lakes Region Pins Economic Hopes On Water

A century ago, the seven-story brick building a few blocks from downtown was a factory — a symbol of an era when Milwaukee and other cities ringing the Great Lakes were industrial powerhouses churning out steel, automobiles and appliances.

05/27/2013

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Monitoring For Asian Carp To Increase In Illinois

The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee outlined a $6.5 million plan on Thursday that includes expanding efforts to remove the invasive fish from the Upper Illinois River below a set of electrical barriers meant to keep them from reaching Lake Michigan.

05/09/2013

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Cliffs Ready To Produce New Kind Of Iron Pellet

Cliffs Natural Resources says it’s ready to produce a new kind of iron ore pellet in Minnesota that could potentially open new markets.

04/26/2013

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Report: Asian Carp May Have Reached Great Lakes

At least some Asian carp probably have found their way into the Great Lakes, but there’s still time to stop the dreaded invaders from becoming established and unraveling food chains that support a $7 billion fishing industry and sensitive ecosystems.

04/04/2013

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Report Predicts Ever-Bigger Lake Erie Algae Blooms

It was the largest algae bloom in Lake Erie’s recorded history. It sucked oxygen from the water, clogged boat motors and washed ashore in rotting masses that turned beachgoers’ stomachs.

04/01/2013

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Feds Making Long-Range Great Lakes Cleanup Plans

The Obama administration says it’s making plans to continue a long-range Great Lakes cleanup program, although decisions about paying for it will be made on a year-by-year basis.

03/07/2013

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Lower Great Lakes Levels Reveal Another Shipwreck

There’s been another report of a shipwreck uncovered off of Michigan because of lower Great Lakes water levels.

12/13/2012

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Lawmaker Wants Review Of Lake Michigan Outflows

A member of Congress from Michigan wants federal officials to take another look at the longstanding policy of allowing millions of gallons of water to flow out of Lake Michigan daily at Chicago.

11/01/2012

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