Tag Archives: Great Lakes

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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Harmful Algal Blooms Receive National Attention

Great Lakes water quality issues received national media attention in early August as Toledo, Ohio issued warnings to nearly half a million people not to use drinking water for cooking, bathing, or consuming due to cyanobacteria toxins known as microcystins. The toxins had reached levels of about 1.0 part per billion, the World Health Organization’s […]

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Researchers Predict Large Toxic Algae Bloom for Lake Erie

University of Michigan and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers have forecasted a significant bloom of toxic blue-green algae in Lake Erie late this summer. Expected to be larger than average but considerably smaller than the record-setting 2011 event, the 2014 Lake Erie harmful algae bloom could weigh in at about 22,000 metric tons […]

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NRDC Release Beach Water Quality Report

On June 25, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released its 24th annual beach report, finding 35 “superstar” beaches and 17 “repeat offenders.” According to the report, 10% of water quality samples collected last year from nearly 3500 coastal and Great Lakes beaches in the U.S. contained bacteria levels that failed to meet the U.S. […]

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USDA to Provide Assistance to Improve Water Quality

On May 21, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide $33 million in assistance to farmers and ranchers. The money will be used on conservation improvements that will enhance water quality in 174 watersheds. The funding is being provided through the National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI), administered by […]

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Illinois First State To Ban Microbeads

On June 8, Illinois became the first state to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads. Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 2727, which was sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Representative Jaime Andrade Jr. (D-Chicago). The bill will require synthetic microbeads to be removed from manufacturing by […]

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EPA Awards 16 Cities with Grants for Green Infrastructure on the Great Lakes

In late February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began announcing the 16 recipients of the Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grant. Cities in Minnesota, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio received grants throughout March. The grants will result in cleaner water and a more resilient shoreline by helping to prevent flooding. Extreme precipitation […]

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Researchers Study Lake Erie Algal Blooms

The dead zone in Lake Erie was shrinking until the trend reversed in the mid-1990s, along with a resurgence of harmful algal blooms in 2011 that could be seen from space. In 2012, numbers of algae began to decrease as phosphorus levels also decreased. One of the greatest sources of algal blooms seems to be […]

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International Research Consortium Maps Great Lakes Stressors

The Great Lakes area is home to more than 30 million people in the United States and Canada, and the lakes contain 20% of the world’s fresh surface water. However, the lakes experience significant water quality threats, including urban, industrial, and agricultural runoff, and restoration of the lakes is the basis for the Great Lakes […]

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U.S. Forest Service Awards $3 Million in Grants To Protect Great Lakes

Last month, The Stormwater Report covered new efforts to protect Great Lakes water quality. On Oct. 11, the U.S. Forest Service awarded $3 million in grants to Great Lakes states, including Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, Illinois, and Indiana. The money, given as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, was awarded to projects that […]

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