Great Lakes

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…

Propellers and bubbles to keep the carp out?

Carp Tank winner’s “Cavitation Barrier to Deter Asian Carp” would utilize a row of specially designed propellers to generate a wall of cavitation bubbles that implode and emit high-speed jets of water. The painful sensation of the bubbles along with the noise of the propellers would repel fish and prevent their passage beyond the bubble barrier.

Algae leads to ‘impaired’ designation for western Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio, for the first time, is designating the entire western end of Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the toxic algae that has fouled drinking water and closed beaches in recent years, officials said recently. The shallowest of the Great Lakes has seen its largest algae blooms on record over the past decade, fueled mainly…

In Michigan’s bid to find best idea for stopping Asian carp, livestream showdown looms in Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge

The Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge’s four finalists will compete for $500,000 in cash on Tuesday, live-streamed at www.michigan.gov/snyderlive.Four Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge finalists – a software consultant, a robotics professor, a civil engineer and a hydraulic engineer – will compete for $500,000 in cash prizes during the “Carp Tank” livestream event Tuesday, March 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m….

Members of Congress want 1-year deadline for Asian carp plan

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Some members of Congress want a one-year deadline for completing a federal study on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a crucial Illinois waterway. In a letter to heads of House spending committees, 26 lawmakers from Great Lakes states said the next federal budget should order the U.S. Army Corps…

In Minnesota, unusually high number of injured snowy owls being treated

(Photo by Bill Diers)ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wildlife experts say they are treating more injured snowy owls than usual this year in Minnesota. The owls have flown thousands of miles from the Arctic and are being spotted in higher numbers in parts of the northern U.S., including around the Great Lakes, to the delight of local bird watchers. But that…

State attorneys: Wall off Great Lakes to stop carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois,…

Lawmakers, groups urge fast deployment of Asian carp defense

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Members of Congress and Great Lakes advocacy groups are pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen defenses against Asian carp at a crucial choke point. The Corps is considering a $275 million plan to bolster the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, with devices such as water jets and noisemakers to prevent…

Plan to block Asian carp from Great Lakes worries Louisiana business group

This silver carp was caught in a gill net by commercial fishermen on June 22, 2017, a mere nine miles from Lake Michigan. (Photo courtesy of USFWS)NEW ORLEANS — A business lobbying organization in Louisiana is expressing concerns about proposals to block an invasive species of fish from the Great Lakes. The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry has released a letter…

$300 million for Great Lakes cleanup moves forward in Congress

DETROIT — A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program would receive $300 million next year under a spending bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The measure cleared the committee last week and now goes to the full Senate. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative focuses on the region’s most longstanding environmental problems, such as toxic pollution, farm and urban runoff, invasive species and…

Fishermen cast their nets for Asian carp on Illinois River

PEORIA, Ill. — Fishermen in Peoria are sending their nets out into the Illinois River with hopes of catching Asian carp. Orion Briney has spent more than 35 years as a commercial fisherman and he tells the Peoria Journal Star that fishermen have the advantage when the water is cold. He says the low temperatures slow down the carp, which are known to jump…

Lake Erie algae problem matches third-worst on record

TOLEDO, Ohio — The toxic algae that spread across Lake Erie this summer roughly matched its third-most severe bloom in 15 years, government researchers said earlier this week. The algae outbreak on the shallowest of the Great Lakes had two peaks this year in August and again in mid-September, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It left behind…