Top 10 Great Lakes Stories
- U.S. Faces Era Of Water Scarcity
- In Detroit: No Money, No Water
- Water Law: Public Trust May Be Fresh Approach to Protecting Great Lakes
- Pipeline Ties Detroit Refinery to “Dirtiest Source of Fossil Fuels”
- Coal Ash: Town’s Toxic Water Embodies National Challenge
- Q&A : U.S. Congressman Dave Camp On Asian Carp
- Supreme Court Rejects Michigan’s Asian Carp Lawsuit
- Chicago’s $7 Billion Plan to Fix Crumbling Infrastructure
- Great Lakes Algae Blooms: Lake Erie Respite, Lake Superior Rises
- EPA Gets Earful On Asian Carp Plans
Recent Great Lakes Stories
- Report: Why Asian Carp eDNA Still Matters in the Fight for the Great Lakes
- Report: Water Levels Hit Record Lows in Two Great Lakes, Wildlife Struggles to Cope with Changing Climate
- Great Lakes Map Shows Greatest Ecosystem Stress in Lakes Erie and Ontario
- After Summer of Testing, Status of Asian Carp in Lake Erie Remains Uncertain
- Infographic: Climate Change in the Great Lakes
Top 10 Waternews Stories
- In Solar Power Lies Path to Reducing Water Use For Energy
- Infographic: 10 Things You Should Know About Water
- The Price of Water: A Comparison of Water Rates, Usage in 30 U.S. Cities
- Experts Name the Top 19 Solutions to the Global Freshwater Crisis
- Choke Point: China - Confronting Water Scarcity and Energy Demand in the World’s Largest Country
- Choke Point: China
- China, Tibet, and the Strategic Power of Water
- U.S. Faces Era Of Water Scarcity
- Google Brings Water Data to Life
- Water Demand is Flash Point in Dakota Oil Boom
Report: Water Levels Hit Record Lows in Two Great Lakes, Wildlife Struggles to Cope with Changing Climate
Drought and reduced winter ice cover are contributing to declining water levels in the Great Lakes. As lakes Michigan and Huron hit record lows, a new report outlines what changes like this could mean for the region’s flora and fauna.
Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania governments struggle with climate change, budgets, and changing markets.
With freighters forced to carry lighter loads, port structures damaged by rot, ship cannels that are filling with silt, there are millions of dollars in losses, repairs, and dredging — but scientists are working on adaptation solutions and planning resilience.
With the price of natural gas falling thanks to innovating drilling solutions in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, investments in water-sipping energy models like wind and solar have dried up.
Ohio’s shale oil and gas fortunes point up. By Keith Schneider and Codi Yeager Circle of Blue Photo © Codi Yeager/Circle of Blue The site of a proposed $US 3 billion natural-gas-to-liquids plant near Wellsville, Ohio, heralds what many say is the state’s most significant investment in oil and gas development in decades. But the [...]
Transporting and processing corrosive crude raise new questions about consequences.
Canadian and American advocates join to promote big oversight idea of the "commons."
For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.
Enbridge is working overtime to clean up the spill, placate the community, and get oil flowing again.
State department says oil is needed; Congress leader joins activists in raising concerns.
Water Department cuts connections to thousands of city’s poor.
How will predicted changes to water levels and water temperatures affect the future of this region that is home to 8 million people?
The Fresh Coast Project, an ambitious 10-year, around-the-lakes journey that captures the Great Lakes on film, was created by photographer Ed Wargin to visualize the lakes and streams as one stunning, connected, living story. But Wargin captures the good with the bad, in this series of exclusive photos showing the pollution he found during his travels.
The Fresh Coast Project, an ambitious 10-year, around-the-lakes journey that captures the Great Lakes on film, was created by photographer Ed Wargin to visualize the lakes and streams as one stunning, connected, living story.
A narrated photo gallery of a day on the bay.
Wild Rice is an aquatic grass that is harvested annually for its nutritious grain. Throughout its growth cycle, wild rice encounters many external threats, both environmental and human-made, which are being compounded by the effects of climate change. Click through the interactive infographic below to learn more about the growth cycle of wild rice, as [...]
A cinematic survey of the state of the Great Lakes in Canada and the United States.
In an interview with Circle of Blue, James M. Olson discusses the Great Lakes Compact: an international agreement intended to protect the Great Lakes Basin.
Researchers see great promise in eDNA testing to detect invasive and rare species at low abundance — including invasive Asian carp — but refining the tool is a long process.
Positive test results for Asian carp eDNA from Lake Erie's Sandusky and Maumee bays are worrying, but not conclusive.
While federal efforts are largely focused on stonewalling invasive Asian carp at Chicago, the fish could be making their way into the Great Lakes through Lake Erie, where studies show they are likely to thrive.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking steps to speed up its recommendations for keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes — but will its actions be quick enough to stop Asian carp? Photo by Jason Lindsey By Codi Yeager Circle of Blue By the end of next year, the United States Army [...]
The Supreme Court denied a request by five states that were calling for immediate action to stop invasive Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. This is the third time that the court has denied an injunction for the Asian carp case.
Three proposals for separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River watershed could block the flow of aquatic invasive species while re-envisioning water management in Chicago, a new study says. Image courtesy Great Lakes Commission The three separation alternatives include a down-river single barrier, a mid-system alternative of four barriers on CAWS branches between Lockport [...]
Live carp have been found in North Dakota and past the electric barriers in Chicago. As the carp push forward, Michigan and other Great Lakes states are once again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speed up action to stop the advance of the invader.
Last week, the Obama Administration announced an updated plan, which included additional research but not closing the Chicago locks.
Federal judge rejects Asian carp injunction as Congress passes a ban on their import.
Dr. Reuben Keller calls for long-term solutions to protect the Great Lakes, and the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.
Asian carp are heading home, 40,000 pounds at a time.
Announcement comes, as Canada plans joint effort with the United States to study the threat posed to the Great Lakes
The newly appointed czar says he's undecided on separating the infested Mississippi and Illinois rivers from Lake Michigan.
Invasive Asian carp make a surprise appearance on the Missouri River.
The recent discovery of a live carp close to Lake Michigan may bolster the states’ case, legal expert says.
Researchers hope the map is used to plan restoration projects that provide the greatest human benefits. Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project This map shows the cumulative environmental stress in the Great Lakes from 34 factors, including climate change, invasive species, and coastal development.Click image to enlarge. Brett Walton Circle of Blue A first-of-its-kind [...]
In Detroit last week, three organizations involved in Great Lakes management held concurrent and joint meetings to discuss the future of one of the world’s largest sources of fresh surface water. Former Vice President Al Gore delivered the keynote address, linking climate change to water issues.
In some northern regions, lake temperatures are increasing more than air temperatures.
The EPA plan aims to clean up top pollution sites and establish a “zero tolerance policy” toward invasive species
A Michigan environmental advocacy group is collecting signatures for a ballot measure to limit mining around the Great Lakes. The group, the Michigan Save Our Water Committee, hopes to collect 400,000 signatures on a statewide petition by May so its question will make the 2010 general election ballot.
Dirty legacy contaminates groundwater of an Indiana town.
Hundreds of thousands of wind turbines could someday stretch across the vast shorelines of the Great Lakes, promising clean renewable energy for the entire upper Midwest. The ambitious plan may still be decades from fruition, but early studies show great potential. In the latest installment of an ongoing $1 million feasibility study focusing on Lake [...]
Profligate use hurts in unexpected places Quest for new supplies nationwide UPDATE: Please read our 2009 update on water problems in the US. Striking symbols of American engineering prowess, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam stand in testimony to the U.S. spirit of growth and prosperity. But the 28.5 million acre feet Lake Mead is [...]
It’s been more than a year since eight states agreed to prevent large-scale diversions from the Great Lakes, the most abundant source of clean freshwater on the planet. The passage of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact, completed after ten years of campaigning by public interest organizations, legislative leaders, and governors of both parties, was meant to permanently secure the globally significant storehouse of water contained in the Great Lakes.
The Great lakes Compact may be put to the test soon as the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin seeks permission to tap Lake Michigan's water supply.
In an interview with Circle of Blue, James M. Olson discusses the Great Lakes Compact: an international agreement intended to protect the Great Lakes Basin.
Representatives remain worried about exemptions Sarah Haughn Circle of Blue As of Tuesday, grandiose visions of Lake Michigan pipelines pumping water to parched Arizona began withering in the wake of the congressionally approved Great Lakes Compact. With the Compact ratified, the Great Lakes Basin is one executive signature away from legislation that would prohibit outside [...]
SAUGATUCK, Michigan – Michigan became the last state to approve the Great Lakes Compact on Wednesday, with Govern Granholm formally approving the compact. Before it can become official US policy however, the international treaty needs to move through the US Congress where expectations are high that it will pass, the Detroit Free Press reports. The [...]
Expert gives opinion on the international agreement intended to protect.
Climate change will have the greatest economic effect on crops in the Midwest’s Corn Belt states, where annual loses could range from US$1.1 billion to US$4.1 billion by 2030. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service used four climate projections, a crop-growth simulation, and a model for predicting how farmers would change their crop [...]
Biochemistry Scientists at Idaho State University experimenting with a species of minnow found that low levels of antidepressants altered the genes associated with autism in humans, the New Scientist reports. Next, the researchers will test the effect on mice. Estrogen in wastewater lagoons on large dairy farms was shown to persist in water supplies for [...]
United States The Great Lakes Watershed is at risk from potential oil spills due to inadequate federal regulations for pipelines, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and The University of Michigan, UPI reported. In 2010, crude tar sand oil spilled from a ruptured pipe into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Ohio faces a [...]
Rise and Fall The bilateral commission charged with coordinating U.S. and Canadian policies on the Great Lakes released a draft plan for regulating water levels in Lake Ontario. The proposal will keep the lake closer to natural flow patterns: water levels during high and average conditions will be kept higher, and kept lower under low [...]
A new report by a U.S.-Canadian advisory panel recommends against large-scale engineering projects to control the Great Lakes water levels, saying people across the region should instead adapt to nature’s swings, Detroit Free Press reported. Chicago has announced a $7 billion, three-year plan to transform the city’s infrastructure. The program, which will touch nearly every [...]
Diminishing supplies of water, metals and biomass could slow the deployment of clean energy technologies by 2035, Reuters reported, citing a new study by the Stockholm Environment Institute and by business initiative 3C. Some low-carbon technologies use more water than conventional fuels. Read the policy brief to find out why cutting carbon emissions and saving [...]
U.S. scientists are investigating whether DNA from Asian carp found in waterways near Chicago suggests that the invasive species have evaded the electronic barrier and are moving closer to the Great Lakes, Associated Press reported. China plans to produce 6.5 billion cubic meters (230 billion cubic feet) of shale gas annually by 2015 and increase [...]
Ice coverage on the Great Lakes decreased 71 percent between 1973 and 2010, EarthSky reported, citing a study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published in the Journal of Climate. The lakes currently have only a 12 percent ice cover, less than a third of the ice cover present at this time last [...]
Water Law The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by five U.S. states seeking an order requiring that additional steps be taken to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Reuters reported. Poland has not yet complied with EU legislation on water protection, including the monitoring of water quality, the European Commission [...]
Energy South Africa may invest $78 billion in new nuclear power plants, a hydropower project and a coal-fired power plant in order to keep up with energy demand, Business Week reported. A European Union expert committee failed to reach a decision on a proposal that would label fuel from tar sands as highly polluting, pushing [...]
Water Quality Environmental degradation, including waste water discharge that is harming fisheries, is the greatest threat to food security in Africa, Xinhua reported. Proposed regulations for ballast water discharge in the Great Lakes will not do enough to stop invasive species, according to environmental groups, Reuters reported. The groups want the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [...]
The United States is the world’s largest exporter, and one of the biggest importers, of virtual water, a measure of the water used to create products that are shipped abroad, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study, which outlines the flow of water around the [...]
United States Separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin in order to stop aquatic invasive species like Asian carp will require reversing the flow of the Chicago River, according to a new study sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Reuters reported. Whether or not [...]
Water levels are expected to rise on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario in the next six months, but unusually warm winter temperatures may lead to less ice cover and more evaporation, ultimately reducing Great Lakes water levels, The Detroit News reported, citing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ latest forecast. Wasting natural resources, such as [...]
Water access and use are a concern in Argentina, where 11 percent of the population does not have a piped water source and the average consumption per person is more than three times that of Brazil, the Guardian reported, citing a study by Green Cross Argentina. Shell spilled an estimated 20,000 barrels of oil off [...]
Photo courtesy of the University of Toledo. Not far from where I live in Benzie County, Michigan lies a network of shaded forest trails that end on the broad sand beaches of Lake Michigan’s Platte River Bay. In the distance, the steep flanks of the Sleeping Bear Dune dive to the Great Lake. Across the [...]
An increasing percentage of eDNA samples, taken near Lake Michigan, are turning up positive for carp.
In the battle between sacred places and commerce, the sacred rarely stands a chance.
As drought grips much of the nation, the mighty Great Lakes are shrinking, the New York Times reports today, expanding upon an AP story published August 3 that also said Lake Superior is getting warmer. By Felicity Barringer, New York Times (Aug 14, 2007) – Water levels in the three upper Great Lakes are wavering [...]
Midwest leader travels to Mideast to secure his state’s blue economy.
As the Great Lakes Compact goes into effect to protect Midwest waterways, some politicians call for unquestioning support, while others insist that its weaknesses must be addressed. Environmental attorney and activist Jim Olson continues his participation in the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, as Michigan State Senator Patty Birkholz rallies for unanimous acceptance. Source: Progress [...]
DULUTH, Minnesota — Zebra Mussels traveling into the Great Lakes region of the United States now need a passport. No longer shall they enjoy a free ride from ship to lake. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled in favor of states’ rights to regulate ballast water — water released from ships entering [...]
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — There’s a hole in our bucket, dear Congress, dear Congress. Or so concerned environmental groups in Michigan sing after the lauded passage of the Great Lakes Compact – legislation they believe needs a patch or two. The Compact, passed this October, prevents private and public interests from diverting large quantities of [...]
Advocacy groups and political analysts predict strong Great Lakes conservation and restoration policies under President-Elect Barack Obama, the Detroit Free Press reports. The appointment of Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) as Obama’s White House Chief of Staff, further bolsters these hopes. Cameron Davis, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes and an Obama campaign advisor, told [...]
President Bush added the final signatory touch to the long awaited Great Lakes Compact on Friday. Now it is up to the Great Lakes states to begin implementing the legislation. “Together, we have taken a major step to protect the Great Lakes. I am hopeful that this historic cooperation will enable us to accelerate our [...]
CHICAGO — The bottled water loophole in the Great Lakes Compact – an opening that initially worried lawyers, conservationists and concerned citizens — is inspiring corporations like Nestle to respond. “How do you define a product?” Nestle spokesperson Brian Flaherty asked the Washington Post. “Water goes into beer in Wisconsin and radiators in Detroit. Why [...]
CHICAGO – After a decade of deliberation, the bill created to protect the Great Lakes Basin from interests that would divert the resource to water-starved regions of the country, is finally finding its way through Congress. According to the Chicago Tribune, Senate endorsed the Great Lakes Compact this past Friday. Cameron Davis, president of the [...]
WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the Senate has moved to pass the Great Lakes Compact, it has stalled on legislation that would address the invasion of harmful non-indigenous species into the basin. The AP reports that Senator Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, is pushing to get clean-up standards established for the [...]
The Great Lakes Compact, a treaty that would prevent a majority of outside interests from diverting water from the Great Lakes Basin, is predicted to receive a hospitable hearing from Congress and has already been recognized with an executive head nod on Capitol Hill. According to a broadcast by Chicago Public Radio, the Compact will [...]
An appeals court in California upheld the decision to bar ships passing through the Great Lakes from discharging ballast water on their way to or from the ocean, an article in Democrat and Chronicle announces. New York Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, said the “decision is a huge win in protecting New York state’s Great Lakes [...]
TOLEDO, Ohio — What seems like a near-perfect deal to protect the Great Lakes watershed deserves further thought, suggests Dave Dempsey in and editorial published in the Toledo Blade: The Great Lakes Compact took 10 years to write and pass, generated a thousand adoring news releases, and now goes off to Washington for what the [...]
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — “How do you ‘brand’ water? If anyone has an answer to that question, its journalist and Traverse City native, J. Carl Ganter. Ganter is the executive director of an ambitious international non-profit, Circle of Blue, addressing the dangers – and opportunities – lapping at the issue of fresh water conservation. As [...]
MADISON, Wisconsin — Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature overwhelmingly approved the Great Lakes Compact on May 15th, sending it to Governor Jim Doyle and putting pressure on the states that have not yet ratified it. Source :The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal
LANSING, Michigan — Michigan’s House and Senate each passed bills Wednesday to protect Great Lakes water from diversion to thirsty outsiders in the future but stopped short of approving legislation required to implement the eight-state Great Lakes Regional Compact. Environmental groups said the move was a step forward, but without teeth. Source : The Detroit [...]