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Rebounding iron ore traffic led a nearly 16 percent increase in cargo tonnage through the Port of Toledo during 2017, and a port official said this year’s expected groundbreaking for a new iron smelter near the port should boost that cargo further in future years. Read the full story by the Toledo Blade.
There’s a whole network of satellites, underwater robots and scientific tools watching for toxic algae on Lake Erie. But when it comes to predicting where and when harmful blooms will show up on the Ohio’s rivers and reservoirs, there’s still a lot of mystery. Read the full story by the Huron Daily Tribune.
In response to growing public concern over such widespread contamination, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is set to begin a $1.7 million, multi-year study of the effects of chloride on the environment in the seven-county region. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed replacing all lead water pipes in Michigan within the next 20 years. “The new rules would require [municipalities] to start removing lead service lines at an average rate of 5 percent per year, which would get us to 100 percent over 20 years,” said Eric Oswald, director of the Michigan DEQ’s Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.
Sherri “Sam” Mason’s research in the Great Lakes led to the Microbeads-Free Water Act of 2015. She is now a globally recognized expert on freshwater plastic pollution and a member of a United Nations working group focused on plastic and microplastics in the world’s marine environment. Read the full story by Go Erie.
The bigger the ship and the colder the water, the more difficult it is to move through the ice. But as long as there’s thick ice on the surface, and shipping must get through, the United States and Canadian Coast Guards run icebreakers to keeping things humming along. Read and view the full story by WZZM – Grand Rapids, MI.
For 34 years, Kurt Erichsen has been on the front lines of northwest Ohio’s biggest water issues. Now, as he prepares for retirement on Jan. 31, officials are wondering how to fill the void he’ll leave behind. Read the full story by the Toledo Blade.
Toledo and Lucas County officials are leading Ohio’s fight against Lake Erie algae. It’s a role neither group wants. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.
A Great Lakes shipping campaign worth celebrating shuts down Monday, Jan. 15, with the annual closing of the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, for about 10 weeks of intense upkeep and refurbishing. Read the full story by the Duluth News Tribune.
Higher than average water levels in the Great Lakes are fueling a strong business season for shoreline stabilization, dock and hoist companies in Michigan. Read the full story by the Associated Press.
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has released the 2017 State of the Great Lakes Report, which highlights the Great Lakes connection to Michigan’s environment, economy, and culture. Read the full story by WMNN-TV – Cadillac, MI.
This weekend, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will attempt to transfer some of the Lake Superior caribou from Michipicoten Island Provincial Park to a safer location on the Slate Island Provincial Park. Read the full story by the Sault Star.