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New Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2083?

New Invasive Species in the Great Lakes by 2083?

Is a new invasive species coming to a Great Lake near you? According to a recent study by scientists from McGill University and colleagues in Canada and the United States, the Great Lakes remain vulnerable to the threat of aquatic invasive species. If no new regulations are enforced, the study...
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President Obama to Cut $50 Million From Great Lakes Cleanup

President Obama to Cut $50 Million From Great Lakes Cleanup

President Obama unveiled his 2016 $4 trillion budget proposal last Monday, and it was missing something: $50 million from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. If Obama's proposal is approved, funding for the initiative to restore and protect the Great Lakes would drop from the current $300 ...
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Industry Mourns Loss of Four Winns Patriarch Bill Winn

Industry Mourns Loss of Four Winns Patriarch Bill Winn

William H. (Bill) Winn, patriarch of Four Winns, passed away on December 9 at the age of 92. Winn was born in Hamilton, Ohio, and enlisted in the Army to fight during World War II. Afterwards, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in business. In 1975, Winn started ...
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Great Lakes Commission Supports Asian Carp Legislation

Great Lakes Commission Supports Asian Carp Legislation

The attack against Asian carp continues. Michigan Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced new legislation in December 2014 that would reduce the risk of Asian carp entering the Great Lakes. The legislation suggests implementing control measures at the Brandon Road lock...
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New Minnesota Law Requires AIS Trailer Decals

New Minnesota Law Requires AIS Trailer Decals

Great Lake states are cracking down on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) such as Zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil that cause economic or environmental harm. Minnesota is now requiring that everyone trailering a boat, watercraft or water-related equipment within the state — like docks o...
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Stalls In Senate

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Stalls In Senate

A bill to continue a key Great Lakes environmental cleanup program for five more years has officially stalled in Congress. The House of Representatives approved the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative extension December 9, 2014, for the next five years at $300 million per year; but the Senate ad...
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Water Levels Rebound at Record Pace

Water Levels Rebound at Record Pace

Despite taking a significant nosedive within the last 24 months, Great Lakes water levels are once again on the rise. Two years ago, in January 2013, Lakes Michigan and Huron were at a record low, and have recently gone on a record-breaking rebound. Three of the five Great Lakes have recovered...
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Ohio Stays Committed to Improving Boating Access

Ohio Stays Committed to Improving Boating Access

Getting onto the clear, crisp waters in and around Ohio will be much easier in the future, thanks to the Ohio DNR. It recently awarded nearly $2.9 million in grants for boating access facility projects to improve public access to Ohio waterways. Additionally, $364,689 in grants was awarded to ...
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Chicago E15 Mandate Debate Delayed

Chicago E15 Mandate Debate Delayed

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed Alderman Ed Burke’s ethanol bill that would require city gas stations to offer E15, gasoline that contains a 15 percent ethanol blend. On December 8, 2014, the Chicago City Council postponed Chicago’s E15 Consumers Choice Ordinance 02014-5037. Ema...
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Resurrected

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Resurrected

The Great Lakes $300 million cleanup program that stalled earlier this year has been resurrected in Congress. U.S. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) introduced the bill that authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years. The initiative supports effo...
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