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November 23rd 2015

Habitat Restoration Complete in Chambers Grove Park in Duluth, Minn

On Friday, Susan Hedman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Administrator, gathered with Representative Rick Nolan (D-Minn) and Duluth Mayor Don Ness to announce the completion of the Chambers Grove Park habitat restoration project. The area is part of the St. Louis River Area of Concern and its restoration was partially funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. In 1987, there were 43 Areas of Concern (AOC) identified around the Great Lakes–primarily rivers and harbors with contaminated sediment and other severe habitat degradation. Since they were first designated in 1987, four United States AOCs and three Canadian AOCs have been delisted. The Chambers Grove Park celebration in Duluth puts the St. Louis River AOC one step closer to being delisted.


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November 10th 2015

Action Alert: Organizing the Response to Great Lakes Algal Blooms

This satellite image shows the 2011 toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie. At its peak, the bloom cover 990 miles of the lake's surface area. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This satellite image shows the 2011 toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie. At its peak, the bloom cover 990 miles of the lake’s surface area. Photo credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Algal blooms have plagued the Great Lakes over the last several years, with funding to fight the problem coming from multiple agencies at both the state and national level. Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has introduced legislation to create a Great Lakes Algal Bloom Coordinator, a position that we have called for that would help organize the response to the threat of algal blooms to the lakes. Rep. Tim Ryan recently sent out a Dear Colleague letter in support of the Great Lakes Algal Bloom Coordinator, and we’d like your help in urging your Representatives to co-sponsor Rep. Ryan’s bill (the Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator Act, H.R. 1923). The text of the letter is at the bottom of this email – the current cosponsors include Reps. Tim Ryan, David Joyce (R-Ohio), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), and Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio).

You may contact your Representative via twitter, or through the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121

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November 6th 2015

Senate Attacks on Clean Water Rule Successfully Rebuffed

Earlier this week, the Clean Water Rule, which we’ve been advocating for throughout the year, was under attack in the U.S. Senate. The Clean Water Rule was finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May of this year, providing needed clarity on the extent of the Clean Water Act around the nation. The two threats in the Senate to this rule were defeated this week, thanks to the hard work of coalition members and others around the region. Read the letter we sent to Senators here.

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October 29th 2015

Action Alert: Protect Clean Water Rule Under Attack in U.S. Senate

We have an URGENT action alert and sign on letter this morning to protect the near-final Clean Water Rule in the Senate. The rule is critical to restoring protections against pollution and destruction for lakes, streams, wetlands, and other water bodies, and is important in keeping the Great Lakes safe.

There are two separate attacks happening that we’d like your help on:

  • The Barrasso Bill (S. 1140) could be out today – this bill would halt the rulemaking and force agencies to start the process over again
  • Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has introduced a “Resolution of Disapproval” under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). This would also halt the new rule and prevent anything similar from taking its place.


Please contact your Senators and remind them why they should vote NO on both the Barrasso Bill and the Resolution of Disapproval. You may contact your Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or find your Senator on twitter.

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October 1st 2015

Great Lakes Restoration Success Needs to Continue

By Todd Ambs

The city of Chicago overlooks these Northerly Island wildflowers. The plants provide habitat for native wildlife. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Northerly Island. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Chicago residents recently celebrated the opening of a 40-acre nature preserve on Northerly Island. The former airfield now offers people opportunities to hike, bike, and even camp downtown, on the shores of Lake Michigan. The park, which provides important habitat for fish, wildlife, and migratory birds, is one local example of one of the most successful conservation efforts in America right now: The restoration and protection of the Great Lakes. More >

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  • 2015 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    Looking for information about the Great Lakes Restoration Conference? You can find our most recent conference updates on our conference website. This year the conference will be in Chicago, Ill. on September 29, 30, and October 1. We hope to see you there!  

  • Check out the Latest Update from the Field

    Read our latest field update from Michigan. Ducks Unlimited shares the results of their restoration tour with Congressman Dan Benishek. Learn more.


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