GVSU researchers find more of invasive snail species in Lake Michigan

Minnesota Sea Grant

Minnesota Sea Grant

Fox 17, West Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The faucet snail is spreading in Lake Michigan, and that bodes ill for water birds native to Michigan, says Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute.

The snail, originally from Europe, carries parasites that kill ducks and coots. When the birds eat the snails, the parasites in the snails can kill the birds. But the snails are small and difficult to kill, said an institute release Tuesday.


Safety chief: No reason to fear nuke dump by Lake Huron

D. Gordon E. Robertsonby Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

The rising concerns and complaints expressed on both sides of the Detroit River about a proposed underground nuclear waste repository in Ontario — less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron — appear to be falling on deaf ears.

The public’s perceptions of risk from nuclear facilities can be discounted because they are “not in line with facts” and are fueled by “pop culture and myths,” according to the head of Canada’s nuclear safety regulatory agency.


State OKs funds to monitor toxic algae, Asian carp

by Marc Koac, Review Capital Bureau

COLUMBUS — The state Controlling Board OK’d funding Monday for separate efforts to monitor streams for toxic algae and invasive Asian carp.

The lawmaker panel signed off on $548,900 requested by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to install 14 stream gauges in Lucas, Seneca, Henry, Hancock and Paulding counties.

According to documents, “long-term data on nutrient and sediment loads and stream flow are needed to assess whether (farm conservation practices and state policy changes) will result in reductions in total phosphorus and … improvements in water quality.”


Toxic Love Canal waste no longer to be disposed of in Ontario

CBC News, Windsor, Ontario

Days after it began arriving, toxic waste will no longer be shipped from the infamous New York state Love Canal to a waste processing plant in Ontario.

Clean Harbors, based in Massachusetts, said it has reversed its decision to burn and bury up to 100 truckloads of waste that was to be shipped to Corunna, Ont., southeast of Sarnia.



Boaters frustrated with price hikes at local marina

by Brittni Smallwood, News 4 reporter

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A battle has been brewing at the Erie Basin Marina. Boaters say they’re paying too much money to use the marina.

“It’s not the Buffalo Yacht Club. It’s not the Buffalo Launch Club. It’s not the Buffalo Canoe Club. It’s a public marina,” John Cornell, president of the Erie Basin Marina Slip Renters Association, said.

The Erie Basin Marina slip holders have been fighting for months for their rates to go down.

The City of Buffalo owns the marina and Smith Boys is the new operator.


Natural Resources Board approves emergency rule to protect Lake Superior lake trout

by Josh Lee, nncnow.com

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) — The declining lake trout population in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior has prompted the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to adopt an emergency rule reducing the 2014-15 harvests at its December meeting.



Detroit River comeback benefits Lake Erie



by Kristina Smith, News Herald

In 1969, the Cuyahoga River caught fire, bringing national attention to the pollution destroying some of America’s waterways and becoming a catalyst for the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and water quality standards.

But it wasn’t the only river that was so polluted it caught fire that year.

The Rouge River in Detroit, a tributary of the Detroit River that has been lined with heavy industry for decades, also burst into flames.



South Lakefront property opens to improve access to Lake Michigan

by Joyce Russell, NWITimes.com

PORTAGE | U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky recalled a meeting he had with former Portage Mayor Doug Olson nearly 15 years ago.

“He said, ‘Pete, I need a park,’” Visclosky told a small group gathered under a tent Monday morning for the opening of the next phase of development to make Lake Michigan more accessible to residents and visitors.


Decision on Canadian nuclear dump site expected in mid-2015

by Qing Zhang, Great Lakes Echo

After public hearings on a proposed underground nuclear waste dump along Lake  Huron, a review panel will recommend if the Canadian federal government should approve the project.

A decision to issue the construction license to Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is expected by mid-2015.