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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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Program To Boost Great Lakes Cleanup Research

The University of Michigan is establishing a research program designed to bring more scientific credibility to the federal government’s billion-dollar battle to clean up the Great Lakes, officials said Tuesday.

10/30/2012

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Lawmaker: Corps To Miss Asian Carp Plan Deadline

A member of Congress from Michigan says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not meet a legal deadline for completing a plan to preventing Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes.

10/05/2012

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Minnesota Joins Iowa Fight Against Invasive Carp

Minnesota has decided to help finance Iowa efforts to keep invasive carp out of the Iowa Great Lakes. The Minnesota Natural Resources Department is providing $261,000 to help Iowa set up an electrical barrier atop Lower Gar Lake dam.

10/04/2012

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Study: No High-Risk Great Lakes Asian Carp Paths

study of 18 canals, ditches and other waterways that could link the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds found none were likely pathways to the lakes for Asian carp, federal officials said Friday.

09/14/2012

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Scientist Warns Of Heavier Storms, More Algae

A University of Michigan expert says climate change is likely to cause bigger storms in the Great Lakes region over the next century, which could worsen the problem of harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie.

09/12/2012

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Obama, Romney Campaigns To Discuss Great Lakes

Representatives of Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are scheduled to outline their policies on Great Lakes protection this week.

09/11/2012

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US, Canada Sign Great Lakes Water Quality Pact

The U.S. and Canada have approved an updated version of a 40-year-old pact that commits both nations to protecting the Great Lakes.

09/07/2012

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