Great Lakes

Balloons – yes, balloons – wreak havoc with Great Lakes wildlife

A recent study found that balloons are the highest-risk plastic debris for seabirds. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)DETROIT — Environmental advocates are raising awareness about the dangers of balloons for wildlife in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. Volunteers for the Alliance for the Great Lakes picked up more than 18,000 balloons, balloon pieces or balloon strings along Great Lakes shorelines…

What’s sinister about baby’s breath?

Volunteers at Elberta Beach work to eradicate baby’s breath. (Grand Traverse Conservancy District photo)Invasive species often have ugly, dangerous, often xenophobic-sounding names. Even if a person had never heard of a sea lamprey, its name sounds like a customer you wouldn’t want to meet. The red swamp crayfish could be an escapee from a Hollywood movie set, and Asian carp…

Great Lakes see ‘Superior’ ice coverage

Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes had more than 90 percent coverage in four years. But warmer temperatures in the coming days will start to bring on a great melt.

Two new exotic species identified in Lake Erie

Experts say the discovery in the planet’s largest freshwater system is alarming. Researchers are uncertain what risks the tiny creatures may pose. The university plans to monitor the situation but says both species haven’t been deemed invasive because of their low abundance.

Study: Ships move non-native species in Great Lakes

MADISON, Wis. — A new study on ballast water discharge has found Great Lakes ships are moving non-native species from the lower lakes to western Lake Superior. The study was conducted by the Great Waters Research Collaborative, which is a project of University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Lake Superior Research Institute, Wisconsin Public Radio reported. Researchers sampled 15 ballast water discharges from…

DNR approves pulling Lake Michigan water for Foxconn plant

The Wisconsin DNR approved a request this week to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle.MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin DNR approved a request this week to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to…