White House promotes plans to help Great Lakes deal with climate change and restore wetlands

by Stephen Koff, Northeast Ohio Media Group Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The White House today named the Great Lakes as one of four regions in the country to get special attention from environmental scientists and conservationists hoping to restore coastal wetlands.

New group focuses on Milwaukee harbor redevelopment

by Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An effort to redevelop the area near Milwaukee’s harbor, a project that could potentially be as large as the Menomonee Valley redevelopment, is proceeding with a newly formed public-private group.

The city Redevelopment Authority board on Thursday voted to approve a cooperation agreement among the authority, the city and the new group, Harbor District Inc.

Ohio wants to bring two fish species back to Lake Erie



by Kristina Smith, News Herald

Ohio wants to reintroduce two fish to Lake Erie whose native populations have been gone for decades.

First, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources needs to figure out whether bringing sturgeon, a species endangered in Ohio, and sauger, a popular game fish, back to Lake Erie is feasible.

County will show off Island Loop National Water Trail

by Bob Gross, The Times Herald

Lori Eschenburg is proud of the Island Loop National Water Trail.

On June 25, she gets to show it off.

“I’ll be bringing 110 people from all over the nation who manage water trails to see the Island Loop,” said Eschenburg, who is a planner with the St. Clair County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

Kaptur seeks to curtail Lake Erie open lake dumping

kaptur_3by Tom Jackson, Sandusky Register

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, is stepping up the pressure on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over open lake dumping.

Kaptur, a member of the  House Appropriations Committee, has put language in a new appropriations bill that essentially bans the corps from dumping dredged materials into Lake Erie unless state officials approve the dumping.

Stabenow, Peters oppose Canadian nuke waste disposal plan

Associated Press

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan have introduced a resolution urging the Obama administration to fight a Canadian plan to bury nuclear waste underground less than a mile from Lake Huron.

International algae conference opens at BGSU

by Tom Henry, The Blade

BOWLING GREEN — Meet Rick Stumpf.

He’s a mild-mannered East Coast scientist who a few weeks from now will give the federal government’s 2015 western Lake Erie algae forecast, based on the best available science developed to make such predictions.

Petition aims to rename Lake Michigan ‘Lake Wisconsin’

by Christopher Zoladz, WZZM

An online petition hoping to rename Lake Michigan “Lake Wisconsin” has amassed more than 400 signatures since it launched April 1.

The tongue-and-cheek petition and website, claims The Badger State has been overshadowed by its neighbors to the east and west.