Long-stalled Lake Erie wind project gets tentative green light

The Ohio Power Siting Board has given the preliminary go-ahead to six wind turbines planned for Lake Erie, about eight miles northwest of Cleveland. The project would be the first freshwater wind farm on the Great Lakes and the first in the nation. Read the full story...

Erie’s Conney set to swim across Lake Erie

One swimmer already has completed the 24-mile swim from Long Point, Ontario, to North East, Pennsylvania this month. Erie, Pennsylvania native Rob Cooney takes his turn Thursday with the goal of breaking the record of 11 hours, 15 minutes and 40 seconds. Read the full...

Winners named after slow Port Huron to Mackinac Island race

This year’s Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron started on Saturday under light winds, and conditions did not pick up for the sailors. Most years the first boats finish on Sunday, but this year the first two finishers did not arrive until...

New FEMA map shrinks flood hazard areas

Preliminary new floodplain maps for St. Clair County, Michigan, were made public this week, and over 1,200 structures have been removed from the special flood hazard areas, which require owners to pay for flood insurance. Read the full story by The Port Huron Times...

Study emphasizes economic role of Great Lakes

The binational shipping industry on the Great Lakes supports almost 238,000 jobs between the United States and Canada and brings in $35 billion annually, according to a new economic impact study released Wednesday. Read the full story by The Duluth News...