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August 15th 2014

Register Today for Our 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

If you haven’t already registered for the September 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference, there is still time!

Learn more about the conference and register today!

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is hosting our 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 9-11. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other Great Lakes activists, hear from leading experts on the state of the Great Lakes, and participate in breakout sessions on critical challenges facing the lakes. Register today!

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August 8th 2014

Weekly News Roundup: Harmful Algal Blooms and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lake conservation news:

Efforts to address Toledo’s drinking water situation continue. The New York Times details some of the causes and history behind the harmful algal bloom outbreak. WKSU examines some of the political fallout from the crisis, while the Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio policymakers are planning to meet August 15 to address the issue. Meanwhile, the Detroit News reports on efforts within the agricultural community to reduce the nutrient runoffs that can lead to these large-scale blooms.

MLive reviews the impact and threat from aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes.

This winter’s cold temperatures may have caused a larger than usual die-off in commercial honeybee colonies, reports Great Lakes Echo. This comes after several years of sharp declines in bee populations.

The Associated Press reports on federal environmental funding received by 2 Indiana cities, Gary and Hammond. The grants will go towards reducing contaminated storm runoff that can degrade Lake Michigan’s water quality.

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July 30th 2014

Restoration Successes on Detroit’s Belle Isle Park

Restoration projects underway and completed on Belle Isle—a Detroit-owned public park, now cared for by the state of Michigan—have focused on fish and wildlife habitat restoration. Two success stories detail the work being done at the island’s South Fishing Pier, to improve fishing and fish habitat, and the work to restore Blue Heron Lagoon as a way to further support fish and wildlife on the island. Both projects are already helping restore the health of the Detroit River by providing needed wetland and shore habitat.

Read more about the South Fishing Pier.

Read more about the Blue Heron Lagoon.

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July 29th 2014

Coalition Submits Comments on Revised Great Lakes Action Plan

‘With some simple improvements, a strong program can be even better.’

Federal Great Lakes restoration efforts over the next five years need to be better aligned with goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, take into account climate change impacts, improve how progress is monitored, and not be undermined by bad federal policies, according to comments submitted today to the U.S. EPA by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

“Federal Great Lakes restoration investments have produced tremendous results in communities across the region,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “With some simple improvements, a strong program can be even better.” More >

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July 25th 2014

Weekly News Roundup: Lake Pollution, Oil Pipelines, and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news…

The Associated Press reports that two Enbridge oil pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac will receive additional support structures. This comes after the oil company acknowledged that the decades-old pipelines were partially out of compliance.

Great Lakes Echo reports that Michigan’s Deer Lake may soon be taken off the polluted hot spot list. The lake was initially listed as an Area of Concern by the International Joint Commission in 1987 for high levels of mercury and nutrient loading. The recent improvement comes after decades of cleanup efforts.

Mercury levels in hundreds of northern Wisconsin lakes have not improved over the past several years, reports the Associated Press. The high levels of mercury make it dangerous to eat fish caught from those lakes.

Ohio environmental regulators are encouraging state lawmakers to end the practice of dumping silt dredged up from Toledo’s and Cleveland’s harbors into Lake Erie, reports the Associated Press. State officials are researching other potential uses of the dredged silt, such as fertilizer for crops.

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  • 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    Registration for the 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference is now available! To register, view the agenda, see what field trips are being offered, and to find out more about becoming a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please visit the main conference page.

  • Check out the Latest Update from the Field

    Read our latest field update from Ohio. The Western Reserve Land Conservancy and the Ohio Environmental Council share the results of their restoration tour with Representative David Joyce. Learn more.