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Public, environmentalists rally against dredging spoils site

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Residents opposed to plans to pile contaminated Saginaw River dredgings at a site in Frankenlust Township continued to press government officials at public hearing Tuesday.    more...

 



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Study sought of drain in lakes

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Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller said Wednesday that she will seek $2.5 million in funding to study whether a federal dredging project on the St. Clair River has indeed created a massive amount of riverbed erosion that is costing Lakes Michigan and Huron almost a billion gallons of water per day.

The announcement follows a separate study released in January by a coalition of conservation groups charging that a 1962 Army Corps of Engineers dredging project effectively pulled the plug on the main outflow for Lakes Michigan and Huron, which are actually one body of water.   more...

 



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Invasive Creatures Attack Like Internet Viruses

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Finally, something good may come of all those computer viruses.

Bugs spread on the Internet can serve as a model for controlling invasive species, according to a new study.

Scientists used "network theory" to predict how the spiny water flea, native to Russia, will spread through lakes in Canada. The lakes are seen as nodes, which on the Internet are storage and rerouting locations. The flea, which has invaded dozens of lakes over the past two decades, is spread not by email but by humans, whose boats and trailers carry the critters from lake to lake.

"Some lakes invaded by the spiny water flea may serve as invasion hubs if departing boaters and anglers travel to large numbers of non-invaded destination lakes," write ecologists Jim Muirhead and Professor Hugh MacIsaac of the University of Windsor, Ontario.   more...

 



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Brown County Water Authority members to pay fair share?

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Six communities from Wisconsin's Brown County plan a 65-mile pipeline to begin buying Lake Michigan water from Manitowoc by late 2006 to meet new federal drinking-water standards, but the timeline to borrow for the project has slipped amid delays with engineering design and permit preparation.   more...

 



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Group seeking to protect Black Creek meets with officials

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New York's Black Creek Watershed Coalition is taking the next step in protecting the area's water by educating the public and developing a management plan aimed at protecting the water quality in Black Creek and the hundreds of small creeks that feed into it.   more...

 



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A return to its natural state

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Town of Genesee - This week's demolition of a 160-year-old dam on Genesee Creek will allow trout to inhabit a waterway that flows colder and faster and cuts through a nature sanctuary, as it did before farms and homes altered the landscape of central Waukesha County.

"I was very delighted when the (state Department of Natural Resources) bought this property," said neighbor Karen Carlson. "It's one of my favorite places to walk, and something had to be done about the dam and the millpond (behind it)."

James D'Antuono, the agency's Fox River basin supervisor, said the state purchased the dam and surrounding property for $15,000 in 2003 with the intention of taking out the failing dam and diverting the river around its stagnant millpond to prevent decades of accumulated silt from clogging the creek.   more...

 



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WLSSD buys backup generators to prevent overflows

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Duluth News Tribune (3/1)
The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District moved a step closer to reducing major sewage overflows when the board allocated nearly $4.4 million to buy four electrical generators for sewage pumping.   more...

 



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Polluted beach debate continues

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (3/1)
The commission that oversees the sewerage district wants the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to force Milwaukee County to clean up the pollution that is causing most of the Bradford and McKinley beach closures.   more...

 



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Great Lakes circle the drain

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Fear hung thick in the Niagara Falls mist in June 2001, when the governors and premiers of the Great Lakes states and provinces pooled their collective political capital and pledged to do whatever it takes to keep outsiders from draining the world's largest freshwater resource.

The politicians who clustered near the edge of the falls had arrived from all points of the political spectrum, pushed by a public outraged over a Canadian firm's scheme to ship about 156 million gallons of Great Lakes water annually to Asia.  more...

 



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Storms raise the lakes, hopes of boaters

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Months of snow and rain have delighted boaters by pushing lake levels up by 18 inches, but the unusually wet weather also has caused flooding and disrupted lives.   more...

 



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E. coli warnings at Indiana beach reviewed

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People who go to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore beaches this summer may get warnings about bacteria when sewage plants have sent untreated sewage into Lake Michigan tributaries after heavy rains.   more...


 



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EDITORIAL: Make St. Clair Shores' PCB plight a priority

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The EPA needs to get a grip on the the whole problem of ongoing PCB contamination that has depressed property values in a densely populated community on Lake St. Clair.   more...

 



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Canal in danger of more contamination

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A fracturing sea wall along the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal is threatening to make a bad problem worse by leaking more contaminated sediment into a harbor and canal already considered the most polluted in the Great Lakes.   more...

 



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Keep a close watch on those fish

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A new booklet from Illinois Sea Grant asserts that, while fish caught from area lakes and rivers are chock full of nutrients, they are often contaminated with pollutants that can have serious health effects, particularly on growing babies and children.   more...



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Deal reached for pollution cleanup at Bay Harbor

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A deal has reportedly been reached to clean up pollution oozing into Lake Michigan from cement kiln dust piles on the grounds of the Bay Harbor luxury resort.   more...



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