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Proposed Federal Budget Eliminates Great Lakes Funding

Proposed Federal Budget Eliminates Great Lakes Funding

20-Mar-2017

The Trump administration has released its official budget proposal for 2018, and it includes drastic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The administration’s proposed budget would eliminate 50 programs and shrink funding to the E...
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Second Shipwreck Sanctuary One Step Closer to Reality

Second Shipwreck Sanctuary One Step Closer to Reality

17-Mar-2017

The Great Lakes region is only a few steps away from obtaining a second federally protected marine sanctuary for shipwrecks. On January 6, 2017, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that plans to designate up to 1,260 square miles of Lake Michigan along Wisconsi...
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Line 5 Coating Has Failed in Spots

Line 5 Coating Has Failed in Spots

16-Mar-2017

At a March Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meeting, Enbridge officials admitted that the outer coating layer on Line 5 has failed in places — a repair the company usually doesn’t take care of. The Line 5 is a controversial pipeline running under the Straits of Mackinac. E...
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Michigan Businesses Create Network to Protect the Great Lakes

Michigan Businesses Create Network to Protect the Great Lakes

16-Mar-2017

In the face of a potential oil pipeline leak under the Straits of Mackinac, a group of businesses — including Patagonia and several Michigan breweries — has formed the Great Lakes Business Network to help protect the Great Lakes and the communities that rely on its water. The twin 6...
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Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Great Lakes

Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Great Lakes

07-Mar-2017

Proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump Administration has many Great Lakes environmentalists and legislators concerned. Details leaked and obtained by the National Association for Clean Air Agencies show that the Trump Administration’s initial 2018 budge...
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Michigan DNR Launches Invasive Carp Challenge

Michigan DNR Launches Invasive Carp Challenge

03-Mar-2017

Listen up, innovators; the State of Michigan is seeking ideas on how to keep invasive bighead, silver, and black carp out of the Great Lakes, through the DNR’s Invasive Carp Challenge. Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have authorized $1 million to launch a global search ...
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Competition Invites Public to 'Hack Water'

Competition Invites Public to 'Hack Water'

21-Feb-2017

Electronics and water don’t usually mix, but at the Erie Hack Water Data and Engineering Hackathon they do! TechTown Detroit, a business incubator, hosted a local “Erie Hack” contest on February 23. The Erie Hack competition aims to bring together developers, coders, engine...
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Microbead Regulations

Microbead Regulations

13-Feb-2017

Waterways in the United States and Canada are one step closer to becoming microbead-free, thanks to recent regulations passed in Canada. On November 4, 2016, the Canadian government ruled a ban on the sale of microbeads in toiletries starting July 1, 2018. The Canadian government said that microbead...
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EPA Raises 2017 Ethanol Levels

EPA Raises 2017 Ethanol Levels

09-Feb-2017

At the end of November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reversed its previous course and announced it had raised mandated ethanol volumes for 2017. The final ruling will require 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel be mixed into the nation’s fuel supply — which is an incr...
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Starry Stonewort Takes Over Great Lakes

Starry Stonewort Takes Over Great Lakes

06-Feb-2017

There might be another invasive species joining algae and Asian carp, and threatening the Great Lakes’ freshwater ecosystem. Starry stonewort is a fast-growing, hard-to-kill aquatic weed that has become widespread on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and in parts of western New York. The we...
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