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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 […]

Satellite image of Lake Erie in September 2011, overlaid on a map of the lake and its tributaries.
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Great Lakes scientist says, “If we lose the EPA, we lose Lake Erie”

DETROIT, MI — “At the 8th Binational Meeting of the Lake Erie Millennium Network, 125 scientists gathered at the University of Windsor in Ontario to hear experts weigh-in on the health of the southernmost, warmest and shallowest of the Great Lakes. They presented research on everything from climate change, water […]

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Forewarned: Environmental reporters are often the town criers on looming disasters

Sometimes, we listen. Often, we don’t. TOLEDO — “Lake Erie was an American environmental success story. Once on the verge of biological death from sewage, industrial pollutants and oxygen-depriving algae, the lake bounced back in the 1970s and ’80s, as tougher environmental laws took hold in the U.S. and Canada. […]

After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife
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After decades of decreases, mercury rises in Great Lakes wildlife

Scientists are seeing an uptick of the legacy toxic in Great Lakes fish and birds. Warming waters are the suspected culprit. More coal will make it worse. SAULT STE. MARIE, MI — “Toxic mercury is once again increasing in some Great Lakes fish and birds after decades of consistent, promising […]

Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes
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Banned PCBs still haunt Great Lakes

CHICAGO, IL — “PCB emissions may still threaten residents of Chicago and other Great Lakes communities, according to a recently published study that calls for legislation to control the largest sources of the longtime pollutant. Classified as a ‘persistent environmental pollutant’ by the EPA, PCBs cause cancer in people and […]

Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say
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Toxic chemicals on rise in Lake Erie fish, scientists say

BUFFALO, NY —”Flame-retardant chemicals could show up in greater concentrations in Lake Erie’s small-mouth bass, and scientists say an invasive species could be to blame. Researchers at the State University of New York-Buffalo found that concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, are likely to increase by nearly 50 percent […]

Harmful Lake Erie algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution
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Harmful Lake Erie algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution

COLUMBUS — “Aside from their link to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel plants also include nitrogen oxides, which can add to nitrogen already entering the lakes as runoff from farming and other sources. Power plants could also contribute to algal bloom problems as they use large quantities […]