Great Lakes

Satellite image of the Great Lakes
USGS

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to improve the quality of the nation’s water supply. The Water Resource Development Act includes funding and technical support help to rebuild the nation’s water infrastructure and protect rivers and the Great Lakes.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says the nation has let all of its infrastructure crumble, including the water systems. He believes the Water Restoration Development Act is an important step in turning that around.

How Great Lakes Farmers are Fighting Algae Blooms with New Techniques

Jul 4, 2016
land erosion
VERONICA VOLK / WSKG

Summers along the Great Lakes include fishing, boating and dangerous algae blooms that can shut down beaches. They're are caused by excess phosphorous, a lot of which comes from farms. Now some of the region's farmers are testing agricultural practices that could reduce harmful runoff.  

Duane Stateler and his son, Anthony, run Stateler Family Farms, one of a handful of demonstrations farms across the country. Over the next five years, three farms in Northwest Ohio will test different practices to find out what reduces phosphorus runoff.

RNC Security Plans for the Great Lakes May Affect Boaters

Jul 1, 2016
RNC security zone
USCG DISTRICT 9

When the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland in two weeks, security measures may cause problems for boaters on Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.  

The Coast Guard is setting up special restrictions on some waters – and a spot for protesters.

ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

Security and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing.  The U.S. Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shutdown eight Coast Guard stations around the Great Lake.

It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation.  But Elizabeth Miller of Great Lakes Today  in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go. 

satellite of algae bloom
NOAA

  The U.S. House has passed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, authorizing $300 million a year over the next five years to try to improve the lakes. It focuses on wildlife habitat, toxic cleanup, farm and city runoff and invasive species. The bill also requires the EPA to appoint a coordinator to address harmful algae blooms in the lakes. The bill was sponsored by Ohio Republican David Joyce and had the support of most of Ohio’s congressional delegation, including Reps. Marcy Kaptur, Marcia Fudge, Jim Renacci and Tim Ryan. Over the last seven years, the U.S. Congress has OK’d more than $2.2 billion through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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