Most Of Great Lakes Surface Frozen For Second Straight YearFor the second consecutive winter, bitter weather threatens to turn the surface of the Great Lakes into a vast, frozen plain. Nearly 81 percent of the lakes' surface area was covered with ice, the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory reported Friday.
Obama Asks $50M Cut In Great Lakes Restoration EffortPresident Barack Obama's proposed budget for 2016 seeks a $50 million cut in a multi-year program to clean up the Great Lakes. The president's spending plan released Monday requests $250 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, down from $300 million appropriated for this year.
Scientists: Fleece Fibers Harming Great LakesFirst it was tiny plastic beads, but now scientist are rising concerns about fibers from clothing polluting the Great Lakes. A recent study found polyester fleece sheds thousands of fibers when it's washed.
Scientists: Great Lakes Teeming With Tiny Plastic FibersScientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibers from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products.
Shippers: Last Year's Great Lakes Freeze Cost $705 MillionAn organization representing U.S. cargo shippers on the Great Lakes says last year's deep freeze cost the economy an estimated $705 million and shows the need for another heavy icebreaking vessel. The Lake Carriers' Association said Tuesday the volume of freight that U.S.-flagged ships hauled on the lakes between Dec. 1, 2013, and May 30, 2014, was about 7 million tons lower than the same period a year earlier.
Study Planned On Dealing With Great Lakes ChangesWith Great Lakes levels finally back to normal after a 15-year downturn, the University of Michigan plans research to help people in the region prepare for future ups and downs. The university's Graham Sustainability Institute announced the program this week, as federal scientists reported that Lakes Superior, Huron, Michigan and Erie are well above their long-term average levels. Lake Ontario is slightly below.
Great Lakes Water Level Slump Over, Future UnclearTwo unusually wet years have finally ended the lengthiest period on record of low Great Lakes water levels — a blessing for long-suffering cargo shippers and recreational boaters — although scientists said Tuesday it's uncertain whether the recovery is temporary or heralds a trend.
Minn. Couple Paddles To Wash. DC For BWCA ProtectionDave and Amy Freeman are making their way to Washington, D.C. -- in a canoe. The couple is paddling 2,000 miles from Ely to the nation's capitol. They're on a mission to draw attention to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
DNR Warden Spots Icebergs On Lake SuperiorIt may be June, but a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden discovered some icebergs still afloat in Lake Superior near Madeline Island on Friday. DNR Marine Warden Amie Egstad spotted the floating ice – which was covered in resting seagulls – while doing a routine check of commercial nets in the largest of the Great Lakes.
Beaches Along Great Lakes To Get Life-Saving AidsAn effort to prevent people from drowning due to dangerous currents along the Great Lakes will include installing kits with life-saving aids such as ring buoys and youth life jackets at 10 public beaches along Lake Michigan, officials announced Monday.
Climate Report Predicts More Extremes In MidwestA report by the National Climate Assessment says a warming planet will worsen a series of weather trends already showing up across the Midwest. Look for more extremes: searing heat, late-spring freezes, floods and droughts across a region that includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
Search For Shipwreck Yields Trove Of UncertaintyExcited shipwreck hunters and scientists assembled in a Lake Michigan fishing village last June, hoping to solve a mystery dating back more than three centuries: the fate of a ship sailed by the 17th century French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, during a voyage of discovery extending from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.
Under-The-Radar National ParksVacationers might be interested in visiting one of these under-the-radar national parks to get away from the large crowds and heavy traffic in the most popular parks, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.
Lawmakers Push For Continued Great Lakes Funding Members of Congress from the Great Lakes region are lobbying colleagues to continue funding a cleanup program for the inland seas.
US Sen. Carl Levin Pushes For Great Lakes FundingMichigan Sen. Carl Levin and some fellow Great Lakes lawmakers are asking their congressional colleagues to fund programs designed to preserve and protect the lakes. Levin is co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force.