Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Massive green algae outbreak a threat on Lake Erie as waters warm

Massive green algae outbreak a threat on Lake Erie as waters warm - Ohio state officials released the first beach advisory on July 23 after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a June 2014 report predicting a significant threat to Lake Erie due to harmful algal blooms (HAB).

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Experts Wanted for Review of Lake Erie Phosphorous Objectives

Experts Wanted for Review of Lake Erie Phosphorous Objectives - The SAB Ecological Process and Effects Committee (EPEC); Nominations should be submitted by August 8, 2014
 

Monday, July 28, 2014

EPA Solicits Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grant Proposals

EPA Solicits Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grant Proposals - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a solicitation for a second round of Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Grants. EPA will award grants totaling up to $4.5 million to eligible shoreline cities to fund. . .
 

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.
 
 
Readers Note: Upcoming Vacation Days: We will not be publishing the remainder of this week (Tuesday, the 22nd through Friday, the 25th). Next week we will be back on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday; and off again on Thursday and Friday July 31 & August 1).

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."