Lake Erie

A photo of the Senate chamber on the first day of session, January 2017.

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, May 17:

photo of Lake Erie

Gov. John Kasich found himself in some hot water after saying in a recent speech that he doesn’t believe Lake Erie is impaired, contradicting a declaration from his own Environmental Protection Agency in March. Now Kasich is clarifying those comments. 

Kasich told the Michigan Press Association convention last weekend that the open waters of Lake Erie aren’t impaired and shouldn’t have that designation. He now says he fears environmentalists may have taken his comments out of context.

screenshot of Discovery Tours website

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, May 8:

New shipwreck discovery might be Lake Erie’s oldest

Apr 28, 2018
An image of Side Scan Sonar Image of Excavation Areas Outlined in Red of the target believed to the Lake Serpent.

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent.

The group first discovered the wreck back in 2015.  Over the years, they have narrowed hundreds of possible shipwrecks down to three based on size and possible location. The group says the wreck is most likely the 47-foot, two-masted Lake Serpent.

Carrying stone from the Lake Erie islands and bound for Cleveland, the ship sank in 1829.  There were six people on board, according to news reports from the time.

Photo of dangerous algae bloom in Lake Erie

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is asking for broad public input on its plan to have the open waters of western Lake Erie declared impaired under the federal Clean Water Act.  And a leading group opposed to the state agency’s decision is encouraging its supporters to offer feedback, too.