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Michigan legislators intensify fight against proposed nuclear-waste disposal site near Lake Huron

by Tim Anderson ~ June 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
A proposal to store nuclear waste less than a mile from Lake Huron is drawing increased scrutiny and opposition, with Michigan lawmakers again weighing in with a new round of legislation and resolutions.
If its project is approved by Canadian regulators, Ontario Power Generation would build a 2,230-foot-deep geologic repository that would hold low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. More »


Dust pollution from open petcoke piles sparks push in Illinois, Michigan for enclosed storage

by Ilene Grossman ~ May 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
During the last year, residents of neighborhoods in Chicago and Detroit have had to deal with growing piles
of petroleum coke, or petcoke. These piles were often left uncovered, allowing winds to disperse black dust
into surrounding communities and nearby waterways. How can and should this residue be safely stored
and transported? Proposed legislation in Illinois and Michigan would provide greater oversight and require
more of the facilities storing the petcoke (storage is usually not done by the refinery, but instead by an
outside company). More »


State legislation in Great Lakes calls for ban on products found to be regionwide source
of plastic pollution

by Tim Anderson ~ May 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
When they embarked on a two-year survey of the Great Lakes’ open waters, researchers expected to find a fair amount of plastics. But the sheer amount of the pollution, and the size of the plastic particles that were found, is what caught the attention of State University of New York Professor Sherri Mason and her research group. Their findings have, in turn, piqued the interest of state legislators. More »


President Obama proposes funding cut for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

by Tim Anderson ~ April 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 cuts the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by $25 million, down from $300 million to $275 million. Much more dramatic cuts to the historic program were proposed in the U.S. House last year, and since it began in FY 2010, funding levels have been reduced by 36.8 percent. More »


Michigan bills look to block path for invasive species by deterring their transport through state

by Tim Anderson ~ March 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Under a package of bills introduced in February, Michigan lawmakers are seeking to better close a sometimes-overlooked pathway for invasive species to enter the region’s waterways — the transport and trade of live organisms. More »


Six Midwest states join effort to halt EPA runoff-control plan, saying it limits state autonomy

by Carolyn Orr ~ March 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
In a case involving management of a watershed hundreds of miles east of his state’s border, and that will be decided by a U.S. appeals court in Philadelphia, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has taken much more than a passing interest. He is leading a coalition of states that have filed an amicus brief asking the federal court to reject the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to require states in the Chesapeake Bay region to develop processes to reduce nutrient runoff (nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment). More »


Plenty of options, but no clear answers on next steps to prevent Asian carp invasion

by Tim Anderson ~ February 2014 ~ Stateline Midwest »
In a January study exploring ways to prevent the movement of invasive species such as Asian carp between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River systems, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers plenty of options, but no definitive answers on what to do next. Reaction to the much-anticipated report, too, has highlighted continuing divisions in the region over how to attack the Asian carp problem. More »


Wisconsin town's request for Lake Michigan water seen as big test of how 5-year-old Great Lakes compact will work

by Tim Anderson ~ December 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
For years, the Wisconsin city of Waukesha has had a water problem: High levels of radium in the town’s supply of drinking water, and a federal requirement that it find a new water source by 2018. Its proposed solution to this local problem will require support from the entire Great Lakes region. In an application formally submitted this fall to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Waukesha proposes withdrawing an average of 10.1 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan. The town, a western suburb of Milwaukee, lies entirely outside the Great Lakes basin. More »


Minnesota partners with farmers, and feds, on new certification program to protect water quality

by Carolyn Orr ~ November 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
With the goals of protecting water quality and providing regulatory certainty to farmers, voluntary state programs that certify land-management practices at agricultural operations are cropping up across the country. Minnesota is one of the latest states to adopt such a program, and is backing it up with state dollars to help farmers adopt new conservation practices. More »


In Midwest, states mixed on need for new water quality standards

by Tim Anderson ~ November 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
A push in Iowa by environmental groups to establish new state water quality standards ended in defeat this fall. In a unanimous vote, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission rejected a proposal to create numeric standards for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. The Sioux City Journal reports that state officials want more time to study the efficacy of current nutrient-reduction strategies before implementing any new rules.
Across the Midwest, concerns about nutrient pollution have increased due to a rise in harmful algal blooms, which can create “dead zones” in water bodies and force the closure of beaches due to health concerns. For more than a decade, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has encouraged states to set science-based numeric standards to control how much nitrogen and phosphorus is discharged into the nation’s water bodies.
Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin already have numeric standards in place. Wisconsin has the region’s most comprehensive standards; they apply to discharges of phosphorus into lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams. According to the EPA, Indiana and Ohio are scheduled to have numeric standards by 2016. Ohio’s standards will be among the most comprehensive in the nation.


Legislators voice concerns about Ontario proposal to store nuclear waste near Lake Huron

by Lisa Janairo ~ November 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Ontario Power Generation is planning to build a deep geologic repository less than a mile from Lake Huron in order to store its nuclear waste. The repository, if licensed, could open by 2018. It would be the first permanent disposal facility for radioactive waste to operate in the Great Lakes basin. More »



Sea lamprey resurfaces as invasive threat, spurring Wisconsin to consider new control programs

by Tim Anderson ~ September 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
On a recent fishing trip off Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin Sen. Robert Cowles made a surprising — and unwelcome — catch. It was a sea lamprey, one of the most destructive invasive species ever to enter the Great Lakes. That discovery has since led Wisconsin lawmakers down an unfamiliar path — considering the use of state dollars for sea lamprey control, which has long been left to the federal governments in Canada and the United States. More »


New policy priorities emerging in fight to protect Great Lakes

by Tim Anderson ~ July/August 2013 ~ PDF of Stateline Midwest article»

After a decade of major policy accomplishments in Great Lakes protection and management, new concerns and legislative priorities are emerging, including efforts to stem the rise in algae growth and address the impact of low water levels and climate change. More »


Lawmakers pledge greater regional cooperation in battle against aquatic invasive species

by Carolyn Orr ~ 2013 MLC Annual Meeting Edition ~ Stateline Midwest »
Aquatic invasive species have long been recognized as a serious threat, and one way that could better address it is a harmonization of state laws and regulations along with improved cooperation among jurisdictions. More »


Midwest's carbon footprint declined over past decade; state-level data also highlight shift from coal to natural gas and renewables

by Tim Anderson ~ June 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
The Midwest’s carbon footprint got smaller over the past decade, a period of time in which the region’s mix of sources for electric power also changed significantly. According to federal data released in May, total energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide declined in all but four Midwestern states between 2000 and 2010: Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. On a per-capita basis, South Dakota’s carbon footprint was smaller as well. More »


Legislative update: Measures on ballast water, invasive species and offshore wind energy introduced or passed in state legislatures

by Tim Anderson ~ June 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Numerous Great Lakes-related measures have been introduced, advanced or signed into law in the region’s state capitols over the past few months. Here are a few of the bills and resolutions being followed through the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus' state legislative tracker. More »


Low water levels result in new funding for dredging in Michigan, stronger push for new
federal legislation

by Tim Anderson ~ June 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
As the year began in Michigan, a new legislative caucus was emerging inside the Capitol with at least one clear priority for 2013 — improve the condition of the state’s recreational and commercial harbors. Michigan Sen. Goeff Hansen, co-chair of the recently formed Legislative Waterways Caucus, describes the current situation at some of his state’s public harbors and recreational marinas as an “emergency." More »


Controversial changes to Wisconsin mining law approved; groundbreaking bill on fracking introduced in Illinois

by Tim Anderson ~ April 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
The potential of a new "underground economy" in the Midwest is leading to various new proposals that pose important economic and environmental questions. Recent examples include contentious iron ore mining legislation in Wisconsin and a new fracking bill in Illinois. More »


Advocates cite successes of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative as historic program faces uncertain funding future

by Tim Anderson ~ March 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Since 2009, an unprecedented amount of federal money has been flowing into this region to protect and restore the Great Lakes. On top of other existing programs in place, more than $1 billion has been allocated through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — viewed at the time and now as a historic commitment by the federal government to clean up the lakes and protect them from ongoing threats such as invasive species. But it is unclear whether similar levels of help can be expected on Great Lakes projects in the future, due to budget concerns and policy gridlock in the nation’s capital. More »



Record-low water levels, rise in algal blooms among concerns linked to changing
Great Lakes climate

by Tim Anderson ~ February 2013 ~ Stateline Midwest »
In December, water levels on lakes Michigan and Huron reached an all-time recorded low. And concerns about this trend have never been higher — as reflected in much of the discussion at a January meeting in Chicago that explored the new Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. More »



Illinois, Michigan look to improve water infrastructure, stop sewage from reaching waterways

by Tim Anderson ~ December 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Every year, billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash and personal hygiene products flow into the Great Lakes. And as a 2012 report by the Alliance for the Great Lakes notes, this problem poses not only environmental and health risks (due to the bacteria, viruses and pathogens in untreated sewage), but has economic costs as well (the forced closure of beaches, for example). More »



Legal attempts to force Asian carp action hit another barrier

by Tim Anderson ~ December 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
A group of states wanting to wall off Asian carp entry into the Great Lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System have run into another legal stumbling block. In December, The Washington Post reports, a federal judge threw out a lawsuit brought by Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Those states want to force the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to physically separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River system, where Asian carp have spread and already wreaked ecological havoc. The two water systems are currently connected via a network of rivers and man-made canals in the Chicago area.
The decision is the latest in a string of legal defeats for states seeking a way to require immediate action by the Army Corps. The Corps is conducting a study on how to prevent the spread of Asian carp and other invasive species between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River.
Earlier this year, too, the U.S. Congress passed legislation requiring the Corps to release a study on Asian carp prevention by 2013. That study will include options for preventing carp from entering the Great Lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System as well as other possible points of entry in the region.


Illinois OKs hike in license fee to bolster state parks funding

by Tim Anderson ~ December 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Concerned about the condition of the state’s parks, Illinois lawmakers voted in November to boost funding for the system through a $2 increase in license-plate fees. Over the past 10 years, the Chicago Tribune reports, staffing and budget levels for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources have been cut by more than half.
Along with the additional dollars that will come from the higher license-plate fee, the DNR is exploring other revenue options as well, including charging out-of-state visitors to the parks. Illinois is one of three Midwestern states (along with Iowa and Ohio) that don’t charge park entrance fees, according to a 2012 National Association of State Park Directors survey.
The same survey found that every state uses a unique mix of revenue sources to fund its parks. Michigan, for example, is the only state in this region where general fund dollars are not used. It instead relies largely on park-based revenue, including a $10 “recreation passport” that motorists can purchase when renewing their vehicle licenses. The passport allows entry into all Michigan state parks. In Minnesota, a significant portion of the state parks budget comes from lottery sales. In addition, some proceeds from a sales tax hike approved by Minnesotans in 2008 go to state parks.


Some Michigan lawmakers say time has come to revisit, relax state's standard for vessels discharging ballast water

by Tim Anderson ~ November 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Five years ago, Michigan issued its first ballast water permit — the result of legislation passed in 2005 and of decades-long concerns about the ecological and economic impact of aquatic invasive species. The move was widely regarded as a historic moment in Great Lakes protection. But some Michigan legislators say the time has now come for their state to revisit its unique permitting standards. More »


Awarding innovation: CSG honors two programs that aim to protect Great Lakes, Black Hills

by Mary Branham and Jennifer Ginn ~ October 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Two innovative state programs are being honored by The Council of State Governments for helping protect two critical and beloved natural resources in this region: the Great Lakes and the forests of the Black Hills.The programs were winners of CSG’s 2012 Innovations Awards and will be recognized at a ceremony this fall at the CSG National Conference in Austin, Texas. More »


New binational agreement adds climate change, invasive species and phosphorus reduction to list of Great Lakes threats in need of attention

by Tim Anderson ~ October 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
When the history is written about Great Lakes policymaking in the early 21st century, at least two groundbreaking initiatives will stand out. More »


Focus of fight against Asian carp turns to Lake Erie after eDNA found in Michigan, Ohio waters

by Tim Anderson ~ September 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
First came the report from a binational group of Great Lakes scientists exploring the risk of Asian carp entering the freshwater system. Yes, the study concluded, the invasive species would likely survive and, within a decade, spread to all five Great Lakes. And yes, the Asian carp’s ecological impact would likely be severe. More »


What are Midwestern states’ policies on public notification of lawn pesticide application?

by Kate Tormey ~ September 2012 ~ Question of the Month »
American citizens and businesses spent almost $62 billion on landscaping services in 2007, according to U.S. Census data. And to help keep those lawns and gardens pest-free, more than 102 million pounds of pesticides are applied yearly in the United States, according to Beyond Pesticides, a nonprofit group advocating for limited use of pesticides. More »


Indiana, Ohio part of world’s largest cap-and-trade water program

by Jennifer Ginn ~ September 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
A signing ceremony this summer set up the world’s largest water quality cap-and-trade program. It’s not centered in Europe or on the East or West coasts, but in the Midwest. Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio became the first states to adopt the same set of trading policies and procedures to limit the amount of nitrogen and phosphorus running off into the Ohio River. Under the Ohio River Basin Water Quality Trading Project, farmers will adopt best practices that limit nutrient runoff; power and wastewater treatment plants will then be able to buy credits, even across state lines, from the farmers. More »


Asian carp update: New federal law, new study on carp's ability to survive in Great Lakes and discovery of eDNA in Lake Erie

by Tim Anderson ~ July 2012
Concerns about the potential Great Lakes invasion of Asian carp continue to command much attention from state and federal policymakers. More »


Update on Great Lakes state and federal legislation

by Tim Anderson ~ July 2012
The Great Lakes Legislative Caucus continues to track state and federal legislation of interest to Great Lakes lawmakers. More »



Ohio launches initiative to better protect Lake Erie from ongoing threat: algal blooms

by Lisa Janairo ~ July 2012
Since 1969, when one of Lake Erie’s tributaries — the Cuyahoga River — caught fire, the lake has stood as a symbol of the need for environmental protection and also the tangible results that can come from pollution reduction efforts. More »




Ohio launches initiative to better protect Lake Erie from ongoing threat: algal blooms

by Lisa Janairo ~ July 2012
Since 1969, when one of Lake Erie’s tributaries — the Cuyahoga River — caught fire, the lake has stood as a symbol of the need for environmental protection and also the tangible results that can come from pollution reduction efforts. More »



All Great Lakes states now set to implement, comply with compact

by Tim Anderson ~ July/August 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
With Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich’s signing of HB 473 into law in June, each of the eight Great Lakes states now has water-management plans in place to comply with a historic agreement designed to protect the world’s largest system of fresh surface water. More »


Army Corps expedites Asian carp study; report now expected in 2013

by Tim Anderson ~ June 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Under an expedited timeline that had been sought by state and federal lawmakers alike, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to release in 2013 a set of options for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. More »



5 Great Lakes states join forces to work on offshore wind energy policies


by Tim Anderson ~ April 2012
Five Great Lakes states have signed a memorandum of understanding with one another and the federal government to work more closely on offshore wind energy projects. More »



Priorities for federal action on Great Lakes: Expedite Asian carp study, preserve Restoration Initiative funding

by Tim Anderson ~ April 2012
Leading Great Lakes advocacy groups and members of Congress have released their federal legislative priorities for 2012. More »



Revised Great Lakes legislation in Ohio strengthens permitting standards, but some say additional protections needed

by Tim Anderson ~ April 2012
A year after legislation was vetoed by Republican Gov. John Kasich, Ohio lawmakers are taking another crack at passing a bill to establish state-level requirements under the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. More »




New York delays start of ballast water discharge standard that would have been toughest in region


by Tim Anderson ~ April 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest » 
The state of New York has halted plans to implement a ballast water discharge standard next year that would have been the toughest in the Great Lakes region and more stringent than any existing or proposed U.S. or Canadian rules. More »



Authorities report five cases of individuals caught trying to bring live Asian carp across U.S.-Canada border


by Tim Anderson ~ April 2012
For the fifth time in a year, live Asian carp has been confiscated by Canadian border control agents who stopped the fish from being transported from the U.S. to Canada. According to this March 27 UPI article, Asian carp is being illegally moved by truck from fish farms in the  southern U.S. en route to Toronto, where it is a delicacy among the city’s large Asian population. More »




Price tag to stop Asian carp with ecological barrier estimated in billions of dollars


by Tim Anderson ~ March 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest » 
With concerns high about the potential impact that an Asian carp invasion could have on the $7 billion Great Lakes fishing industry, policymakers have another dollar figure to consider — $4.3 billion, the estimated price tag of the lowest-cost alternative to physically separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. More »




As new binational agreement on Great Lakes nears completion, concerns raised about lack of progress on cleanup efforts

by Lisa Janairo ~ February 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest » 
As the United States and Canada finalize the terms of an amended Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA), the changes being contemplated remain of high interest to Great Lakes stakeholders. More »


Michigan forms council to lead battle against invasive species

by Tim Anderson ~ January 2012 ~ Stateline Midwest » 
In the last decade, the eight states and two provinces of the Great Lakes basin came together to protect water quantity — through work on a compact and companion agreement designed to halt diversions and better manage the region’s water resources. More »



U.S. House passes bill stripping states of authority to regulate ballast water discharges


by Tim Anderson ~ November 2011 ~ PDF of Stateline Midwest article »  
The political, environmental and economic battle over the future of laws and regulations governing ballast water discharges has taken some new turns during the latter half of 2011. In this region, a dispute has surfaced among some governors over how stringent state-level permitting programs can and should be. Meanwhile, in the nation’s capital, moves are being made to take such decisions out of the hands of governors and legislatures. More »


Fight against aquatic invader continues: Eating Asian carp in Illinois, stopping advances in Minnesota

by Tim Anderson ~ October 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Ever since they escaped fish farms in the southern United States, Asian carp have been eating their way up the Mississippi River. Now Illinois is trying to turn the table — by increasing the use of the invasive species caught by fishermen as food for an anti-hunger campaign in the state and as a delicacy for overseas customers. More »



Amid glut of new environmental regulations, EPA praises Kansas’ watershed-restoration program

by Carolyn Orr ~ October 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Increased environmental regulation of agriculture by the federal government is not just a perception by farmers, it is a reality. Water, dust, animal facilities, fuel tanks and pesticide spraying are the subjects of just some of the new rules set in recent years. More »


Interstate dispute surfaces over future of ballast water rules

by Tim Anderson ~ October 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Some Great Lakes governors are at odds with one another over a fight against a common enemy — aquatic invasive species. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, New York has been asked to ease its ballast water regulations (set to take effect in August 2013) for ships on the Great Lakes. The governors of Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin, along with the Canadian government, made the request.

Wisconsin is one of three Great Lakes states (along with Michigan and Minnesota) with a ballast water permitting program up and running. But New York’s rules would be the region’s most stringent, with discharge standards exceeding those of the International Maritime Organization. At issue is the technological feasibility of implementing standards tougher than the IMO’s and the impact that New York’s rules could have on the shipping industry.
For years, Great Lakes states have been calling for a stronger federal response. Later this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose a new Vessel General Permit; also pending is the U.S. Coast Guard’s final rule for a ballast water discharge standard. Under the first phase of this proposed rule, the IMO standard would be used. Tougher federal rules would follow as ballast water treatment technologies, and the ability to test them, advance.


Study sees some good, some bad in implementation of Great Lakes compact

by Tim Anderson ~ September 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
As the historic Great Lakes compact made its way through state legislatures, much of the media coverage on the agreement focused on its ban of out-of-basin diversions. But the compact did much more. More »



Future of offshore wind energy, water withdrawals from Great Lakes among issues being tackled in state capitols

by Tim Anderson ~ June 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »

Several Great Lakes-related measures have been introduced in state capitols across the region during the first half of 2011, from bills on how to handle future offshore wind energy projects to new legislative proposals on how states should manage their water resources. More »


What do states in the Midwest charge for hunting and fishing licenses, and what kind of discounts do they offer?

by Kate Tormey ~ April 2011 ~ Question of the Month »
Midwestern states vary a great deal regarding the types of hunting and fishing licenses they offer, as well as how much they charge for each permit. More »


Bills seek to reduce red tape for businesses needing state permits

April 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
Lawmakers in Minnesota and Ohio have passed bills aimed at making it easier and faster for new businesses to obtain state permits.

Minnesota’s legislative auditor issued a report earlier this year that found inconsistencies in response times on permit applications, citing waits of up to a year.

HF 1/SF 42, signed by Gov. Mark Dayton last month, seeks to address that issue by directing the state Department of Natural Resources and the Pollution Control Agency to streamline and simplify application processes. The law sets a goal of 150 days for permit decisions, reports the Brainerd Dispatch. Appeals of permit decisions will now go directly to the State Court of Appeals instead of district courts.

The bill is being lauded as a way to reduce red tape and spur job growth. Critics have raised concerns that environmental protection will be weakened as review processes are sped up.

Legislation approved in Ohio, SB 2, requires state agencies to analyze each proposed rule or regulation and its impact on businesses. A legislative review committee can deny a proposal if it finds that a regulation is not justified. State agencies must also develop customer-service standards and integrate them into the job descriptions and performance evaluations of employees.


Michigan codifies program to help farmers meet environmental rules, adopt conservation practices

by Carolyn Orr ~ April 2011~ Stateline Midwest »
A voluntary program that helps Michigan farmers ensure that they are complying with environmental regulations and implementing soil- and water-conservation measures has become one of the state’s newest laws. More »


New state, federal bills introduced to protect Great Lakes

by Tim Anderson ~ March 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
New bills to prevent Asian carp and municipal sewage from entering the Great Lakes have been introduced this year in the U.S. Congress, while at the state level, measures related to offshore wind energy, better controlling invasive species and strengthening wetlands protection are all being considered. More »



Future of funding levels for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative unclear

by Tim Anderson ~ March 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
One of the many budget battles being waged in Washington, D.C., right now involves future funding levels for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. More »


Canadian agency OKs plan to ship radioactive materials on Great Lakes

by Tim Anderson ~ March 2011 ~ Stateline Midwest »
A plan to ship radioactive waste through the Great Lakes has received a flurry of criticism over the past year, but in February, it secured the approval of a key federal regulatory commission in Canada. More »



States secure Restoration Initiative grants to clean up, protect Great Lakes

by Tim Anderson ~ November 2010 ~ Stateline Midwest »

The first round of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants has been awarded by the U.S. Environmental Projection Agency for projects that address ecological threats such as invasive species, non-point source pollution and contaminated sediment.

The initiative marks an unprecedented federal commitment to Great Lakes protection. It will result in an additional $475 million being spent on Great Lakes-related projects in fiscal year 2010. (A total of $500 million was spent in FY 2009 on the Great Lakes via various programs and agencies.)  More »