Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Kildee speaks out against possible Great Lakes funding cuts

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Congressman Dan Kildee said hundreds of thousands of jobs would be compromised if funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is eliminated.

President Trump’s proposed budget plan eliminates the 300-million dollar initiative that, for the past seven years, has been used to protect and maintain the Great Lakes. Continue reading

Report looks at unusually warm winter temperatures

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A new report sums up the crazy winter that brought unusually warm temperatures to the Great Lakes region — as well as some brutal Lake Effect snowstorms.

Toronto recorded its highest February temperature — 66 degrees — on Feb. 23, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. The following day, more records were set in Syracuse (71), Binghamton, N.Y. (70), and Erie, Pa., (77). Continue reading

CMU researchers examin how contaminants in Great Lakes affect mussels

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Central Michigan University researchers are examining how freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes are affected by contaminants.

Biologists are testing the mussels with everyday contaminants found in things like shampoo and toothpaste. Continue reading

Great Lakes ice cover remains low this winter

IceCoverAvg1973_2016_mediumLast week, 15 percent of the Great Lakes was covered in ice. That’s the highest level of ice cover recorded so far this winter and far less than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 64 percent prediction. A lack of ice could have lasting implications for this year and beyond.
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Photographer reveals “ghosts” of Lake Erie

lake_erie_2_mediumDave Sandford is has been a professional photographer for 20 years. He’s based in London, Ontario -– about a half hour from Lake Erie. Over the years he’s dabbled in several genres of photography, from sports to wildlife, but says he always returns to the Great Lakes in his spare time.
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Institute for Great Lakes Research at Central Michigan University is looking forward to continuing its work in 2017

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The Institute for Great Lakes Research at Central Michigan University has been sampling wetlands and watersheds throughout the basin since 2010.

Don Uzarski is the Director of the Institute. Continue reading

Advice for Clinton/Trump on the Great Lakes

GLT PictureAdvocates for the Great Lakes are watching the presidential election and hoping the next US president will continue to prioritize restoration across the region.

Groups from New York to Michigan to Ontario say there’s still a lot of work to be done, and they hope the next president supports them in managing invasive species, addressing climate change, and cleaning up polluted areas.

Peter Annin is co-director of the Mary Griggs Burke Center for freshwater innovation at Northland College in Wisconsin. He recently brought together a group of experts representing everything from commercial to environmental interests.

Annin says many ideas came out of the summit, including the desire to start actively preserving Great Lakes ecosystems.

“Should there be more dollars invested in preservation work,” he asks, “and maybe a little bit less in restoration work?”

Many of that group’s ideas echoed recommendations from the Great Lakes Commission earlier this year.

Local groups are also weighing in. Jill Jedlicka from the Buffalo Niagara RiverKeeper says the next administration needs to work closely with community leaders.

“It’s one thing to make judgments from offices in Washington,” says Jedlicka. “But if they don’t maintain that communication and understanding from the front lines then they’re not fully informed to make decisions.”

Mark Mattson with Lake Ontario WaterKeeper in Canada hopes the next US president will be a uniting force among the states, provinces, tribes, and others with a stake in the lakes.

“There’s so many different visions and different ideas about what needs to be addressed,” he says.