Great Lakes


The International Joint Commission is calling on the U.S. and Canada to take action against micro-plastics in the Great Lakes.


Plastics account for approximately 80 percent of the litter on the shorelines of the Great Lakes, according to a new study by the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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For the third consecutive year, President Obama's federal budget proposal cuts funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 


The U.S. EPA says nearly 80 billion dollars in infrastructure improvements are needed over the next 20 years to reduce sewage overflows and protect drinking water in the Great Lakes region.

A new Illinois State University report says temperatures in the world's lakes are rising more than in the oceans or the atmosphere - which could worsen problems such as algae blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects Great Lakes water levels will rise by more than eight inches this summer for the first time in more than a decade.


The Great Lakes are now ice free.

A group of U.S. senators is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to pump more money into maintaining harbors in the Great Lakes region, which has a backlog of projects. 

New Ballast Water Requirements

Mar 29, 2013

The U.S. EPA has issued new requirements for cleansing ballast water dumped from ships, which scientists believe has brought invasive species that damage ecosystems and cost the economy billions of dollars.

Feds Release Report On Asian Carp DNA

Feb 21, 2013

A report by three federal agencies shows live Asian carp do not have to be present for their DNA to turn up in the environment.

Rail Loop May Help Great Lakes Shipping

Jan 4, 2013

A new, 4.5 million dollar rail loop linking the Port of Cleveland with main lines nearby is expected to enable faster, more efficient movement of cargo from the site.

Water Levels Drop In Two Great Lakes

Jan 3, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says preliminary figures show Lakes Michigan and Huron reached record low water levels in December.

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign did not send a representative to a forum on Great Lakes issues today.

A new water quality report shows Ohio's beaches are among the most polluted in the Great Lakes Region -- which is one of the worst in the nation.  Alison Holm has more