Great Lakes

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades mage captured by the Landsat-5 satellite. Data provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Nutrient pollution: Voluntary steps are failing to shrink algae blooms and dead zones

CAMBRIDGE, MA — “Summer is the season for harmful algae blooms in many U.S. lakes and bays. They occur when water bodies become overloaded with nitrogen and phosphorus from farms, water treatment plants and other sources. Warm water and lots of nutrients promote rapid growth of algae that can be […]

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio (Associated Press file photo).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Environmentalists sue EPA to designate Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie ‘impaired’

CLEVELAND — “Advocacy groups are challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to accept Ohio’s assertion that its portion of Lake Erie does not meet the definition of impaired waters. The Ohio EPA did not include the state’s open waters on a list of impaired waterways when it submitted the […]

Harmful algae bloom photographed in the summer of 2011 (credit: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

US won’t force Ohio to label Lake Erie ‘impaired’

TOLEDO — “Documents released late Monday show the federal government won’t compel the state to declare Ohio’s portion of western Lake Erie as impaired, a move that environmentalists and Lucas County commissioners believe will hurt the lake’s future water quality. And, in a separate-but-related matter, the Trump Administration released its […]

Leaders cheer Great Lakes funding survival
Great Lakes / Lake Erie

Leaders cheer Great Lakes funding survival

Restoration initiative to remain at same level in newest federal budget OAK HARBOR — “Area activists, water-quality experts, and public officials were thrilled to learn the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative not only remained intact, but will continue to be funded at its current level of $300 million under the new […]

An staff member with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division nets musky on Lake St. Clair in a 2009 photo. As the DNR conducts fish surveys, some of the catch are shared with the Department of Environmental Quality for analysis of the levels of mercury and other toxins in the fish's tissues.(Credit: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Scientists puzzled by mercury’s jump in Great Lakes fish

DETROIT, MI — “It’s not supposed to be like this. Though advisories about toxic mercury in fish have continued in Michigan and the surrounding Great Lakes, with recommendations to limit consumption of certain species to a few times per month, the amount of mercury found in fish tissues has dropped […]

Great Lakes watershed (Public Domain)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

How eliminating two EPA programs could affect large parts of America

WASHINGTON, DC — “Although the requested cuts are not likely to pass, the proposal would return the responsibility of both these efforts back to state-level and local entities. However, without a federal agency tasked with holding states accountable, many goals may not be met. In the Chesapeake Bay, states have proved […]

The green scum shown in this 2011 image was the worst algae bloom Lake Erie had experienced in decades mage captured by the Landsat-5 satellite. Data provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey.
Environmental Justice / Lake Erie

Local officials, urban and environmental groups pledge united effort against algae

TOLEDO — “Representatives from several groups announced today they are united in efforts to combat another season of toxic western Lake Erie algae. Standing along the river banks on the south end of Sidecut Metropark, leaders with Toledo City Council, the Lucas County Board of Commissioners, the Ohio Environmental Council, and […]

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, the water intake crib for the city of Toledo, Ohio, is surrounded by an algae bloom on Lake Erie, about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program that may be on the Trump administration’s chopping block has funded work in Ohio to slow down Lake Erie’s toxic algae. A draft of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press shows the Great Lakes fund is one of several programs targeted for big cuts. (Haraz N. Ghanbari, File/Associated Press)
Energy / Great Lakes

Great Lakes fund has aided Ohio’s algae fight, river cleanup

TOLEDO — “A Great Lakes cleanup program that may be on the Trump administration’s chopping block has plunked money into fighting Lake Erie’s toxic algae and putting new life into Ohio’s polluted rivers. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative also has spent millions on cleaning up beaches and restoring wetlands that […]

Phragmites are being replaced gradually by native plants at the 691-acre Mentor Marsh on Thursday, June 29, 2016. Federal dollars made available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Sustain Our Great Lakes Initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are helping restore the marsh to its natural state. (Credit: Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Great Lakes Restoration slated to drop from $300 million to $10 million: Cleveland Congress members promise to fight cuts

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress members from the Cleveland area pledged Friday to fight any effort by President Donald Trump to gut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget for Great Lakes cleanup. A leaked draft of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget proposal indicates the Trump administration intends to suggest cutting […]

Lake Erie (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Great Lakes / Water Quality

Trump budget virtually kills Great Lakes initiative

TOLEDO — “To the dismay of many Toledo-area officials and environmental groups, the Trump Administration is trying to kill all but 3 percent of funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program has been used for everything from helping Toledo avoid another algae-induced water crisis […]