Monday, July 21, 2014

Senator Gillibrand: List microbeads as Great Lakes threat

Senator Gillibrand: List microbeads as Great Lakes threat - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) wants the Environmental Protection Agency to list microbeads as Great Lakes contaminants.
 
 
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump

COMMENTARY: Lake Huron is no place for a nuclear waste dump – [David Suzuki]Is dilution really the solution to pollution -- especially when it's nuclear waste that can stay radioactive for 100,000 years? A four-member expert group told a federal joint review panel it is.
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Researchers predict smaller algae problem in Lake Erie this year

Researchers predict smaller algae problem in Lake Erie this year - Rick Stumpf, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says they're predicting this year's bloom in Lake Erie will be significant, but not as bad as it has been in recent years. 
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

U.S. Appeals Court Denies States' Asian Carp Legal Challenge

State of Michigan v. United States Army Corps of Engineers - 7/14/14. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Case No. 12-3800. Plaintiffs, five Great Lakes states, ask the Appeals Court to step in and impose measures to ensure that the Asian Carp are forever blocked from the Lakes. In an informative, 30-page opinion, the Panel concludes, ". . .we hold that the States have failed to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, either under a public nuisance theory or under the APA. We therefore affirm the judgment of the district court."

  • WI AG Comment on 7th Circuit Asian Carp Decision - "Of course, we are disappointed the court dismissed our case on the grounds that Asian carp on the doorstep of Lake Michigan does not pose an adequate imminent threat to Lake Michigan," WI Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.  "We believed when we filed this action, and continue to believe, the current threat this invasive species poses to Lake Michigan is sufficient to warrant legal action. . . I am pleased the court went on to invite our filing of a subsequent public nuisance action in the event the Army Corps fails to take adequate measures to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Great Lakes Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook

Great Lakes Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook - Following an unusually cold winter in the Great Lakes region, Spring 2014 was also cooler than normal, with this spring coming in as the 5th coldest on record since 1948 over the Great Lakes; and the ice cover reached its maximum extent of 92.5% on March 4, making it the second greatest amount of ice cover since record keeping began in 1973.
 

Friday, July 11, 2014

DGR not a 'good idea' near Lake Huron: Anderson

DGR not a 'good idea' near Lake Huron: Anderson - Blue Mountains Mayor Ellen Anderson told an Ontario Power Generation official that she can never be convinced that creating a deep geological repository for low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste near the Great Lakes