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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, will be hosting a local “Erie Hack” contest from 5 to 8 pm on February 23. The Erie Hack competition aims to bring together...
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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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Great Lakes Cleanup

Great Lakes Cleanup

06-Feb-2017

Former President Obama passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act on December 16, which will fund cleanup efforts in the Great Lakes for five more years and help Flint, Michigan pay for an upgraded water system. Photo by George Thomas ...
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Study Finds Grass Carp Spreading in Great Lakes

Study Finds Grass Carp Spreading in Great Lakes

01-Feb-2017

Despite local efforts to curb a carp invasion in the Great Lakes, a study has found that grass carp have reached three of the five lakes: Erie, Michigan and Ontario. Grass carp is one of four Asian carp species currently threatening to overtake the Great Lakes and disrupt the freshwater ecosyste...
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Coast Guard OpSums

Coast Guard OpSums

12-Jan-2017

Do you miss Lakeland Boating’s Operation Summaries page? Follow the U.S. Coast Guard Newsroom here: uscgnews.com. (http://www.uscgnews.com) Photo Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard...
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Coalition Threatens to Sue EPA for Lake Erie

Coalition Threatens to Sue EPA for Lake Erie

09-Jan-2017

In an effort to protect Lake Erie from the toxic algal blooms taking over its shores, a coalition of fishing boat captains, sportsmen groups, and Lake Erie business, environmental and conservation advocates is threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The coalition has f...
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Study: Ohioans Willing to Pitch-In for Lake Erie Clean-Up

Study: Ohioans Willing to Pitch-In for Lake Erie Clean-Up

04-Jan-2017

A study led by Ohio State University on the physical causes of toxic algae and the social environment around them has some charitable findings: Ohio residents say they would be willing to pay to reduce toxic algae in Lake Erie. As noted by the study, published last December, Lake Erie contains ...
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Industry Mourns Loss of Smoker Craft’s Peter Spiegel

Industry Mourns Loss of Smoker Craft’s Peter Spiegel

04-Jan-2017

The recreational boating industry mourned the passing of Peter Spiegel, who passed away suddenly on October 23, 2016 at the age of 53. Spiegel was the Smoker Craft regional sales director and a 21-year Smoker Craft employee. In addition to his sizable contributions at Smoker Craft, Spiegel often...
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