Toledo port sees increase in cargo tonnage

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....

Research aims to predict algae blooms on lakes, rivers

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...

Michigan wants lead out of all pipes in 20 years

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...

Scientist found life voyage on Brig Niagara

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...

Watch ice breakers free freighter from frozen waters

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...

Water quality planner set to retire

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...