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June 9th 2015

U.S. EPA Announces Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than $1.8 million in Shoreline Cities grant awards for cities around the Great Lakes basin. The Shoreline Cities grant program is funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and provides funding for green infrastructure projects like rain gardens, permeable pavement, and rooftop gardens.

Read the press release put out by the EPA for Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan here, for Wisconsin here, and for Ohio here.

Summaries of the projects awarded grants are below, provided by the EPA:

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June 5th 2015

Weekly News Roundup: Algal Blooms, Climate Change, and More

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

 

Four Lake Erie beaches in Michigan’s Monroe County were issued public health advisories this week, according to MLive. Testing at these four beaches indicated unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. The beaches will be tested again, with results expected by June 10.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a reduction in Lake Erie algal blooms this summer compared to the past several years, reports the Plain Dealer. The expected reduction is being credited to a relatively dry spring in addition to improved agricultural practices in the wake of last summer’s toxic algal bloom that contaminated Toledo’s drinking water.

 

onEarth has a story this week on the devastating impact of invasive mussel species in the Great Lakes, including zebra mussels and quagga mussels. The invasive bivalves can significantly alter the food chain and promote the growth of harmful algal blooms by selectively consuming harmless algal competitors. The story examines some of the challenges and proposed solutions for controlling these invasive populations.

 

Five Asian carp were caught in the St. Croix River near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in the last week, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The fish were caught seven miles further upstream than they’d previously been detected, indicating the growing threat of these destructive invasives reaching the Great Lakes watershed.

 

The Detroit Free Press reports on a $3.65 million federal grant awarded to the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments program. The grant will support efforts over the next five years to study how the Great Lakes will be impacted by climate change, and how local communities can respond to these changes.

 

A European wind energy company is currently developing technology that could significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind turbines, according to the Plain Dealer. This has attracted the attention of LEEDCo, a U.S. company investigating the potential for offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes.

 

Great Lakes Echo reports that the International Joint Commission is requesting public comments on its most recent progress report for the Air Quality Agreement, which sets reduced emission targets for the two nations. Comments are due by July 31.

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May 27th 2015

Clean Water Rule ‘A Major Victory for People, Great Lakes, Economy’

Clean drinking water benefits all of us. The EPA and Army Corps' new rule will restore clean drinking water protections across the United States. Photo from iStock Photo.

Clean drinking water benefits all of us. The EPA and Army Corps’ new rule will restore clean drinking water protections across the United States. Photo from iStock Photo.

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (May 27, 2015) – The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is heralding a new clean water rule as a major step forward in protecting drinking water and restoring the health of the Great Lakes. The clean water rule, released today, restores Clean Water Act protections to streams and wetlands that supply drinking water to 1-in-3 Americans—117 million people, 30 million of whom live in the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

 

“The clean water protection rule is a major victory for people, the Great Lakes, and our economy,” said Todd Ambs, campaign director for the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “We thank President Obama, the U.S. EPA, and the Army Corps of Engineers for standing up for our drinking water, Great Lakes, jobs, and way of life. At a time when federal Great Lakes restoration investments are delivering results for our environment and economy across the region, the clean water protection rule will help ensure that those gains are protected and not undermined.”

 

Prior to the clean water protection rule, streams and wetlands across the nation were at risk for pollution and destruction—threatening public drinking water and a $28.3 billion regional fishing, hunting and wildlife-viewing economy. Federal Great Lakes restoration efforts were at risk as well, particularly the effort to protect and restore 1 million acres of wetlands—a restoration goal that would be all but impossible to reach without the new rule. More >

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May 27th 2015

EPA and Army Corps to Announce Final Clean Water Rule Today

Kayaking in Belle Isle Lagoon, heading into the Detroit River. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Detroit River.

Kayaking in Belle Isle Lagoon, heading into the Detroit River. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Detroit River.

In an historic step for the protection of clean water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army are finalizing the Clean Water Rule today to clearly protect from pollution and degradation the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. This afternoon at 12:45 pm ET, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy will deliver remarks on the Clean Water Rule at an event at an Earth Conservation Corps facility on the Anacostia River. They will be joined by Obama Administration Officials and stakeholders to discuss the importance of clean water to our health, our communities and our economy. Following the event, Administrator McCarthy and Assistant Secretary Darcy will hold a press call to answer questions about the Agencies’ final rule. Read the EPA’s press release here. Read a statement from President Obama here. Read a statement from Administrator McCarthy here.

Science shows us the most important waters to protect. In developing the Clean Water Rule, the Agencies used the latest science, including a report summarizing more than 1,200 peer-reviewed, published scientific studies—which showed small streams and wetlands play an important role in the health of larger downstream waterways like rivers and lakes.

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May 26th 2015

New Poll: Ohioans Support Clean Water Protections, Investment in Great Lakes

ANN ARBOR, MICH. (May 26, 2015)—A new statewide Ohio survey reports that most voters in Ohio favor stronger state and federal regulations to protect the state’s rivers, streams and lakes, which are sources of drinking water and recreational activities. The survey reveals a broad desire for the state government to take immediate action to stop polluted farm run-off from getting into Lake Erie and other waterways. Majorities also support restoring coverage of the federal Clean Water Act to streams and wetlands and continuing the federal government’s multi-million-dollar investment effort to restore the health of the Great Lakes.

Read the results at: http://healthylakes.org/ohio-poll-may-2015/

“The people of Ohio care deeply about clean water,” said Paul Fallon, president of Columbus-based Fallon Research & Communications, Inc., which conducted the survey. “Ohioans are even willing to back stronger regulation to protect Ohio waters and Lakes Erie from pollution and farm field run-off.”

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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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