Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Levee Protects Des Plaines River Communities from Flooding

In September, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) announced the completion of Levee 37, which will help prevent flooding in Des Plaines River communities. The levee will protect more than 600 existing homes and dozens of businesses in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights from future flooding with an estimated annual savings of […]

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Stormwater Park Demonstrates Green Infrastructure

  . On Sept. 19, the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO; Minneapolis, Minn.) celebrated the completion of a unique stormwater park and learning center. It is a public park that showcases green infrastructure. “We have built a beautiful green space for people to enjoy, but more importantly, it’s a place where people can see what […]

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Grants Available To Continue Efforts for Great Lakes Restoration

Since 2010, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has made progress protecting and restoring the world’s largest surface freshwater system. Continuing these efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a request for applications soliciting proposals for GLRI grants to fund new projects. Applications are due Sept. 28. This year, up to $13.9 million […]

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Great Lakes Leaders Agree to Phosphorus Reductions

On June 13, the governors of Michigan and Ohio and the premier of Ontario signed an agreement to reduce phosphorus inputs to the western waters of Lake Erie by 40% over the next 10 years, with an interim goal of a 20% reduction by 2020. Phosphorus is a key nutrient that has led to algal […]

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Federal Agencies Launch Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative

On April 21,The Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recognized four collaborative landscape partnerships. Regions vulnerable to climate change and related challenges, including sites in southwest Florida, Hawaii, Washington, and the Great Lakes have been selected to showcase climate resilience approaches. Building on existing […]

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Ohio State, Farmers, and EPA Take Steps to Reduce Algal Blooms

On April 2, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law legislation aimed at reducing nutrient runoff and thereby decreasing algal and cyanobacteria blooms in Lake Erie. The new law prohibits farmers from spreading manure when fields are frozen or saturated or when forecasts call for rain. The manure-spreading ban applies to weather forecasts of at […]

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University Releases Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands Map

The Michigan Tech Research Institute has developed a comprehensive map of the Great Lakes coastal wetlands. This map is available publicly and is the first of its kind on such a broad scale. It shows more than 16,000 km of shoreline across the entire basin in both Canada and the U.S. The map can help […]

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Sea Grant Releases Great Lakes Monitoring Data Website

On Dec. 1, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) announced a new website that displays environmental data from across the Great Lakes region. The Great Lakes Monitoring application, created in conjunction with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), makes it easy to view and analyze decades of nutrient, contaminant, and water characteristic data collected by […]

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Federal Agencies Announce 5-Year Great Lakes Restoration Action Plan

On Sept. 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan outlining steps that federal agencies will take during the next five years to achieve four main goals: Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern; Preventing and controlling invasive species; Reducing nutrient runoff that contributes to harmful […]

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Agencies Provide Funds to Combat Harmful Algal Blooms

On Sept. 3, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) will provide almost $12 million to federal and state agencies to target harmful algal blooms (HABs) in western Lake Erie. The funding builds upon the GLRI’s ongoing efforts to reduce algal blooms and will be made available to Ohio, […]

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