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Great Lakes: Cleanup Efforts
« on: August 25, 2005, 08:50:54 PM »
Might as well start a thread on this.  The meeting mentioned in the article already happened, obviously.  From the 8/23/05 PD:


Comment sought on lakes cleanup
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
John C. Kuehner
Plain Dealer Reporter


A task force wants to hear your comments about a proposed $20.5 billion cleanup and restoration plan for Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.

The group will hold a public meeting from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at the Cleveland Public Library Auditorium, lower level, Louis Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Ave., Cleveland.

This is the fifth of six meetings held in the Midwest by the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, a partnership of federal, state and local governments, tribes and other parties.

The task force, created by an executive order signed by President Bush in May 2004, has put together 37 recommendations for protecting, restoring and cleaning up the Great Lakes.

Actions include controlling invasive species, restoring wetlands and stopping sewage from overflowing into the lakes...

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1124789661156911.xml&coll=2
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2005, 06:56:55 PM »
And from the 8/24/05 Toledo Blade:


Great Lakes plan draws praise
Environmentalists predict $20 billion for restoration

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


A broad spectrum of sportsmen, environmentalists, and politicians are lining up in support of President Bush's master plan for restoring the Great Lakes.

There may be more than 20 billion reasons why.

Called Great Lakes Regional Collaboration, the plan is the latest of several attempts to get local, state, and federal officials to agree on a common strategy for the lakes.

It's resulted in unusual harmony between the White House and some major environmental groups - in large part because environmentalists see it as a way of getting at least $20 billion of improvements funded, mostly through additional sewage upgrades. Federal officials won't confirm the figure, but won't deny it, either...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050824/NEWS06/508240404/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2005, 12:55:16 AM »
we have a saying about polluted waterways in detroit, "let toledo handle it"

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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005, 06:52:10 PM »
From the 10/29/05 Toledo Blade:


Bush still committed to Great Lakes
Feds never intended to be sole source of funds for $20B-plus plan, aide says

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


A Bush Administration spokesman said yesterday the White House has not backed off its commitment to help fund one of the most ambitious Great Lakes restoration plans drafted.

And she claimed it might not have been clear to everyone that the President never intended to have the federal government be the sole source of funding that could exceed $20 billion.

"It's important to know what this report is," Eryn Witcher, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spokesman, said in reference to a Cabinet-level task force report sent to the White House yesterday. "It's a progress report."...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051029/NEWS06/510290371/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2005, 06:21:07 PM »
From the 11/5/05 Toledo Blade:


Regional officials rip Bush task force for opposing Great Lakes renewal aid
By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Several Great Lakes leaders fired back this week at senior White House officials who have advised President Bush not to follow through with $20 billion for projects aimed at restoring the world's largest source of fresh surface water.

A joint letter sent to the White House yesterday by 41 members of Congress expressed "disappointment by the limitations" that several Cabinet-level members of a presidential task force have attempted to place on the Great Lakes restoration.

The letter, obtained by The Blade and signed by 11 U.S. senators and 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, said the Great Lakes region was "led to believe that the administration would consider some new budget initiatives."...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051105/NEWS17/511050399/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2005, 11:43:27 AM »
From the 11/18/05 Detroit Free Press:


Plan to restore Great Lakes appears sunk
EPA recommends against funding

November 18, 2005
BY HUGH McDIARMID JR.
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Federal officials say they won't pay for the $20-billion plan President George W. Bush sought last year to improve the health of the Great Lakes by restoring coastal wetlands and keeping out sewage and invaders like zebra mussels.

A bipartisan coalition of elected leaders says it was stunned when an Environmental Protection Agency report recommended that Bush focus on "improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing programs" instead of launching expensive new efforts.

Grosse Ile resident Bob Burns, who lives along the Detroit River and has fished and boated his entire life, said the news was discouraging...

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051118/NEWS06/511180443/1008
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2005, 07:24:14 PM »
From the 11/30/05 PD:


Great Lakes plan hits fiscal snag
White House rejects $20 billion tab for cleanup effort

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Stephen Koff
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Washington -An ambitious plan to restore the Great Lakes, embraced in concept last year by President Bush, risks unraveling before work even starts because of federal money problems.

In less than two weeks, governors, mayors, Indian tribes and others along the lakes are to lay out a 15-year plan to clean up pollution, restore oxygen-depleted dead zones and reduce the risk of Asian carp devouring other aquatic life, among other things. It's the result of a yearlong public collaboration with environmentalists, maritime interests and others, and the White House had cheered the effort.

But with a final plan scheduled for release Dec. 12 in Chicago, the Bush administration is rejecting a request for up to $20 billion for the cleanup effort. Congress members, governors and others who dreamed of revitalizing the lakes say federal spending on Hurricane Katrina and other budget matters have made it difficult to convince the White House to find extra money...

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1133343158258910.xml&coll=2
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2005, 07:51:36 PM »
From the 12/9/05 PD:


Can the Great Lakes be saved?
Scientists warn waters near ecological collapse

Friday, December 09, 2005
John C. Kuehner and Stephen Koff
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Scientists anticipating a massive Great Lakes restoration effort warned Thursday that if drastic measures don't start soon, the lakes could suffer irreversible damage affecting human health, fishing and beaches.

Alfred Beeton, former director of the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and a researcher of the lakes for 50 years, said the Great Lakes "are near the tipping point."

Beeton and researchers from the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and institutions across the Great Lakes region issued their warning in advance of next week's historic announcements on efforts to overcome the lakes' long-term problems...

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/1134121431194270.xml&coll=2
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2005, 07:53:20 PM »
From the 12/11/05 Toledo Blade:


PHOTO: Environmentalists and some government officials are concerned that the Bush Administration will not deliver on promises to help clean up the Great Lakes.  ( U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY )

Questions continue over who's to pay
Meeting to discuss restoration of Great Lakes

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


Temperatures are plunging. Snow is falling.

And so are hopes among environmentalists and many federal and state officials that President Bush will live up to his proposal to spend millions cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes.

With winter setting in, Lake Erie is weeks away from once again being covered by several feet of frozen ice. Those passionate about the Great Lakes believe the cold and gray weather these days is commensurate with the view that exists in Washington these days of the nation's largest collective source of fresh water...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051211/NEWS06/512110322/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2005, 06:57:20 PM »
From the 12/13/05 Toledo Blade:


LAKES RESTORATION PLAN
Great Lakes group wants $300M soon
Cleanup money to start proposed $20B project

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


CHICAGO — A partnership of government agencies and private groups yesterday announced a request for $300 million next fiscal year from Washington to start cleaning up the Great Lakes, the source of drinking water for 30 million people.

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft found himself in the awkward position of staying loyal to an ambitious lakes restoration plan without soft-pedaling the disappointment he and others share over the likelihood that President Bush’s funding will fall short of the $20 billion the cleanup is expected to cost.

Mr. Taft, co-chairman of the Council of Great Lakes Governors, noted a report issued last week that said the lakes may be on the verge of irreversible damage if a strong, unified plan to restore them is not implemented soon...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051213/NEWS06/51213002/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2005, 07:37:08 PM »
From the 12/16/05 Toledo Blade:


Voinovich vows to push for Great Lakes funds
Senator wants hearing on raising $20B for upgrades

BLADE STAFF

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R., Ohio) yesterday vowed to follow up on this week's release of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy report with a committee hearing in which senators can discuss funding for the plan.

The report - the most comprehensive of its kind - outlines a need for an estimated $20 billion of work, including better sewage treatment, more harbor cleanups, expanded wetlands, more environmental buffers, and more barriers to stop exotic species.

The projects are intended to protect human health and enhance wildlife diversity...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051216/NEWS24/512160341/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2006, 01:09:02 PM »
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060208/NEWS06/602080363/-1/NEWS
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Article published February 8, 2006

Bush budget may sink Great Lakes plan

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


President Bush's proposed budget cuts have some people wondering if his administration's master plan for restoring the Great Lakes is sunk less than two months after it was adopted.

The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy, a $20 billion set of priorities with no new sources of federal funding to do the work, was once called little more than a public relations stunt by U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D., Dearborn) before it was finalized in Chicago on Dec. 12.

Yesterday, attention turned to Mr. Bush's proposal to cut nearly $200 million more from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water State Revolving Fund during the 2007 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1...
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2006, 01:11:38 PM »
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2006, 03:35:34 PM »
Did anyone really think Bush would carry through on his big idea?    For a "straight-shooter" it seems he has quite a capacity to say one thing and then do the exact opposite.

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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2006, 03:58:38 PM »
right after he produces a balanced budget

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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2006, 04:02:42 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2006, 04:08:53 PM »
its just a proposed budget.  nothings finalized.

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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2006, 04:09:01 PM »
Don't you know?  The reason we are going to Mars is to colonize it, dig some wells, and build oil refineries! LOL

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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2006, 09:52:16 AM »
Taft asks Congress for Great Lakes aid
Friday, March 17, 2006
Jonathan Riskind
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

WASHINGTON — Great Lakes cleanup efforts need a multimillion-dollar congressional funding boost and billions of dollars more in the future, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft said yesterday.

Taft was on Capitol Hill to testify before a Senate committee about the need for more federal dollars and as part of a Great Lakes lobby day held by a coalition of states, cities, conservationists and other advocates.

In the long run, advocates for the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition are seeking $20 billion from a variety of sources, not all of them federal, for initiatives such as halting sewage contamination, restoring wetlands and preventing invasive species from entering the lakes.

But this year Great Lakes advocates are looking for about $134 million from congressional spending bills. President Bush proposed spending $49.6 million on cleanup efforts in his 2007 budget, but that falls far short of what Taft and others are seeking, which includes $50 million to clean up abandoned industrial waterfront properties, $6 million to build a carp barrier and $28.5 million for wetlands restoration.

At a Capitol Hill news conference, Taft said protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is a "moral obligation" and an "economic imperative."

Sen. Mike DeWine, an author of a Great Lakes restoration bill, told the Senate environment and public works committee — in a hearing chaired by fellow Ohio Republican Sen. George V. Voinovich — that he is pushing for more money as well.

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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2006, 06:09:33 PM »
Senate panel hears plea for Great Lakes cleanup
Environmentalists say delay will prove even more costly to nation


By Matthew Chayes
Washington Bureau
Published March 17, 2006


WASHINGTON -- The Great Lakes are ecologically ill, environmentalists told a Senate committee Thursday, pleading with lawmakers to help fund a $20 billion, long-term effort to restore and protect the nation's five Great Lakes.

But the advocates won no support from Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee. He called the proposal too ambitious in the current debt-ridden fiscal climate.

While conceding that the federal budget is stretched, the environmentalists said the requested money was a necessary investment in an ecosystem that constitutes 20 percent of the globe's fresh water...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0603170288mar17,1,6391422.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2006, 10:03:12 PM »
From the 4/6/06 Toledo Blade:


$20B Great Lakes restoration plan given to Congress
By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


A $20 billion restoration plan for the Great Lakes - the nation's largest for a single ecosystem - was introduced in Congress yesterday.

To nobody's surprise, the two bills containing the plan were wholeheartedly endorsed by the region's congressional delegation, its mayors, and countless environmentalists. The question for opponents and supporters of the plan is whether there are enough votes in Congress to get it enacted as legislation.

The bills are an offshoot of a master plan called Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy that President Bush initiated with an executive order in May, 2004...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060406/NEWS06/604060364/-1/NEWS
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 http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS06/605080310/-1/NEWS
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Article published May 8, 2006

Landmark lakes treaty may be reworked
The water quality of the Great Lakes faces new challenges


By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


The landmark U.S.-Canada treaty that kept Lake Erie from dying is expected to be renegotiated once an extraordinary review of the document is completed some 18 months from now.

Many people believe the 1972 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement needs updating so that it can be more effective in protecting the world's largest collection of fresh surface water from modern issues ranging from urban sprawl to global warming.

"The environment is not static. There are new challenges to the water quality of the Great Lakes," said Dennis Schornack, U.S. section chairman of the International Joint Commission...

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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2006, 03:00:38 PM »
From the 9/8/06 PD:


Ohio EPA unveils plans for Lake Erie cleanup
Friday, September 08, 2006
John C. Kuehner
Plain Dealer Reporter


Elyria - Ohio will push ahead with the cleanup of Lake Erie, with or without federal help.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Joe Koncelik announced Thursday a list of projects that the state will pursue over the next two to three years to continue restoring the lake.

"The great thing about it is these are not hypothetical projects," Koncelik said after releasing the plan at the quarterly meeting of the Lake Erie Commission in Elyria. "It's real action and activities on the ground."
 
The Ohio Lake Erie Action List ranges from completing a plan to deal with invasive species to mapping all the wetlands in Ohio. Other projects include designing and installing new fish-friendly bulkheads on the Cuyahoga River and adopting legislation that would ban items containing mercury...


http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/lorain/1157704231124680.xml&coll=2
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #23 on: September 20, 2006, 08:50:28 PM »
From the 9/20/06 Toledo Blade:


Advocates 'cautiously optimistic' $20M Great Lakes bill will pass House
By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


WASHINGTON - Great Lakes advocates are closely monitoring developments on Capitol Hill today, hoping the U.S. House gets behind a 16-year-old law to restore the region's fish and wildlife habitat with $20 million a year in potential funding.

The Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 2006, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) and U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R., Ohio), received the Senate's nod for reauthorization earlier this year with a potential increase of $12 million a year.

The previous limit was $8 million a year, although the full amount was never allocated...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060920/NEWS06/609200390/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2006, 06:18:30 PM »
From the 9/23/06 Toledo Blade:


GREAT LAKES
2 cleanup bills could play role in '08 elections
Taft: Congress can't ignore need

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


CLEVELAND - Gov. Bob Taft said yesterday that a pair of congressional bills calling for an unprecedented $20 billion in Great Lakes cleanup funds could become a key election issue this fall and in the 2008 presidential election.

Though the federal budget has been spread thin by the response to Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq, Mr. Taft said Congress cannot bypass the needs of 40 million Great Lakes residents in the United States and Canada by letting the Bush Administration back off its once-assumed commitment to fund the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act.

"No new money is not an acceptable answer, especially when state and local governments have been investing more heavily in the Great Lakes than the federal government," the outgoing Republican governor told a packed ballroom in downtown Cleveland's Crowne Plaza, where 250 scientists, activists, and government officials are attending a three-day Great Lakes conference...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060923/NEWS06/609230412/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2006, 07:38:05 PM »
From the 10/2/06 Port Clinton News Herald:


Coalition pushes for Great Lakes restoration

CLEVELAND -- Citing scientific evidence that the Great Lakes are collapsing due to threats from sewage contamination and aquatic invasive species, a major coalition recently urged Congress to ramp-up its efforts to restore the lakes.

"Unless we invest in a solution to restore the Great Lakes today, the price we pay tomorrow will be much higher and future generations may never experience the lakes as we know them," said Tom Kiernan, president of the National Parks Conservation Association and co-chairman of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. "Congress has a solution to protect our drinking water, economic future and way of life. It's time our elected officials pass the Great Lakes Collaboration Implementation Act."
   
The intensified effort to restore the Great Lakes comes as Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown, and Ohio Senators Mike DeWine and George Voinovich visit Cleveland, Ohio, for the second annual Great Lakes restoration conference, sponsored by Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition...
 
http://www.portclintonnewsherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061002/NEWS01/610020331/1002/rss01
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2006, 07:38:47 PM »
From the 10/3/06 Toledo Blade:


Congress OKs $16M for Great Lakes wildlife act
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WASHINGTON - Congress reauthorized the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act at $16 million a year Saturday, twice the original $8 million annual spending cap. The bill has gone to President Bush to be signed into law.

The Senate had authorized up to $20 million a year in July. The House recently waived spending rules that limited increases to 10 percent, agreeing to a $16 million cap. The Senate concurred with the House figure just before the electoral recess.

The act, good for five years, first was authorized in 1990. It provides money for habitat projects that support the region's fish and wildlife. It was co-sponsored in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R., Ohio) and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.), and by Michigan and Illinois congressmen in the House.

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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2006, 08:44:22 AM »
Outlook murky as U.S., Canada work out pact on Great Lakes
Environmental, industry groups are lobbying to strike balance
BY JOHN FLESHER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 28, 2006



CLEVELAND - When Canada and the United States approved the first version of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972, the running joke in Cleveland was that anyone unlucky enough to fall into the Cuyahoga River would decay rather than drown.

The Cuyahoga, which meanders through the city before reaching Lake Erie, helped inspire the cleanup initiative by literally catching fire three years earlier. The lower end of the 112-mile-long waterway was a foul brew of oil, sludge, sewage and chemicals. It made embarrassing worldwide headlines when its surface burned for about 30 minutes.

Today the river is being nursed back to health under a plan developed through the water quality agreement. Pollution levels have fallen. Nearly 70 fish species have been detected in areas once considered virtually lifeless. Just this year, bald eagle nests were spotted in the area. But much remains to be done...

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061228/NEWS01/612280362/1056/COL02
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« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2006, 08:46:04 AM »
A related article...

New strategy for water quality
Pay some now for prevention or a whole lot more later for cleanup
BY JOHN FLESHER | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 28, 2006

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - About five years before zebra mussels launched their invasion of the Great Lakes in the mid-1980s, Canadian researchers warned that it was coming.

But neither Canada nor the United States took steps to stop the tiny mollusk from hitchhiking to the lakes from Europe inside ballast tanks of oceangoing freighters. Now, controlling the pest costs taxpayers hundreds of millions a year.

"We're paying many times the price we would have had to pay if we'd taken a preventive approach," says Cameron Davis, executive director of the Alliance for the Great Lakes...

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061228/NEWS01/612280363/1056/COL02
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #29 on: February 10, 2007, 03:38:20 PM »
From the 1/29/07 Blade:


IN THE PUBLIC EYE
Environmental group to tackle Great Lakes

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


CHICAGO - The Natural Resources Defense Council, one of the nation's largest environmental groups, set up shop in the Great Lakes region Jan. 16 from an office at 101 North Wacker Drive here.

Established in 1970, the NRDC claims a membership of 1.2 million people and online activists, including 217,526 in eight Midwestern states. Based in New York, its other offices are in Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Beijing. According to its Web site, the NRDC is a not-for-profit group that spent about $60 million in 2005.

So why has it come to the Great Lakes region?...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070129/NEWS06/701290314/-1/NEWS
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Re: Great Lakes Cleanup
« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2007, 03:39:53 PM »
From the 2/8/07 DDN:


Great Lakes protection not in budget
By Steve Bennish
Staff Writer
Thursday, February 08, 2007


A coalition of environmental groups took aim at President Bush's proposed budget Wednesday, saying it doesn't go far enough to protect the Great Lakes from outdated public sewage treatment plants and invasive species and doesn't adequately help restore aquatic wildlife.

"The short story is that the president's budget leaves Great Lakes programs treading water, when what's needed is a full-scale rescue," said Jeff Skelding, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

The coalition includes the National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association...

http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2007/02/07/ddn020807lakes.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=16
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« Reply #31 on: February 10, 2007, 03:40:57 PM »
From the 2/9/07 Blade:


Panel: Lakes need accelerated action
Group says more accountability needed

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


The stakes are high for the Toledo area and other parts of the Great Lakes basin as a 98-year-old international board pushes for greater accountability in managing the world's largest collection of fresh surface water.

The health of western Lake Erie, the basin's warmest, shallowest, and most fruitful for fish reproduction, affects the raw source of Toledo's drinking water, the tourism-based sector of its economy, and much more.

The International Joint Commission, in its 13th biennial report on Great Lakes water quality that was released in Chicago yesterday, said the United States and Canada have been "good, but not exemplary, stewards of our lakes."...

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070209/NEWS06/702090349/-1/NEWS
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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2007, 09:41:07 AM »
http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070212/NEWS06/702120331/-1/NEWS
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Article published February 12, 2007

Maumee River to get $5M in aid
Foundation will fund projects to combat polluted sediment

By TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


A Chicago-based foundation is expected to announce today that it will fund $5 million worth of environmental projects along the 130-mile Maumee River and portions of three tributaries.

The Joyce Foundation funds will go toward projects that will try to keep polluted sediment out of the Maumee along its length from Fort Wayne, Ind., to Toledo, as well as three tributary rivers: the St. Joseph, Tiffin, and Blanchard rivers.

The 8,316-square-mile Maumee watershed is the largest river system in the Great Lakes region and is Lake Erie's largest source of water other than what flows down from other Great Lakes via the Detroit River...
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« Reply #33 on: April 23, 2007, 08:35:23 PM »
Ban ocean vessels in lakes? Some are floating the idea
As invasive species multiply, plan no longer looks radical
By DAN EGAN
degan@journalsentinel.com
Posted: April 21, 2007

The idea of banning oceangoing vessels from the Great Lakes to halt the onslaught of invasive species would have been universally dismissed as nonsense just a few years ago.

Not anymore.

Frustrated with ocean freighters dumping invasive species that are ravaging native fisheries, despoiling prized beaches and costing water-dependent industries billions of dollars, the conservation group Great Lakes United proposed an overseas-freighter ban in late March, the day before the St. Lawrence Seaway was rousted from its winter slumber for its 49th season...

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=594384&format=print
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« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2007, 09:50:41 AM »
In a possibly related story, my friend recently found a dead octopus wash up on the beach in Lakewood.

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