Water Ecology

Lake Michigan in August

by mo on August 15, 2011

Surf’s up, so no long swims for Gypsy on Sunday. Being on the shore was a bit of therapy after reading Dan Egan’s story in the Milwaukee Journal about the demise of commercial fishing on Lake Michigan as the the quagga mussel has destroyed the fish population. It just underscores how important it is for […]

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I have been in my home for over six years and recently motivated myself to get rid of well over a dozen paint cans left by the former owner. Figuring out how to rid myself of both latex and oil paint, I understand why they slipped out of town and left it all to us. […]

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World Water Day – take action

by mo on March 22, 2010

In honor of World Water Day,  I offer a few ideas of what I am doing. Nothing earth shattering, but I feel I am trying to do my part. Avoid plastic. Beyond using reusable shopping bags at the grocery, stop and consider how much pre-packaged food comes in plastic. This is difficult to cut down […]

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A study released by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox disputes Illinois claims. The study authors are John Taylor, a Wayne State University professor, and John Roach, a transportation consultant and former manager of the Intermodal Section for the Michigan Department of Transportation. The authors claim just two trains a day could handle the amount of […]

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Urban aquaculture takes off in Milwaukee

by mo on February 5, 2010

With all the bad new of late about the potential fate of the Great Lakes, it is heartening to know that Sweet Water Organics is about to get their much awaited fish to market this weekend. One year into operation, this urban fish and vegetable farm has produced 3,000 perch (three fish to a pound) […]

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Biztimes. com reports that WI Gov. Doyle and Michigan Gov. Granholm have called for an immediate summit between Great Lakes governors and the White House. Reported Jan 20. Doyle and Van Hollen say Asian carp fight isn’t over yet Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a request to close off two navigational locks […]

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Many Americans living in the Great Lakes area and those not could easily be unaware of the fight going on between a coalition of Great Lakes states and the city of Chicago. With the involvement of the U.S. Supreme Court, more might become aware of the issue to some extent, but missing from much coverage […]

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The EPA has released the slides from the presentations that are schedule over the next few weeks. (Milwaukee’s was July 21st). The presentation includes statements of the problem, interim objectives and long- term goals for the proposed Great Lakes Multi-Year Action Plan (FY 210-2014) The Initiative plans to fund in the following areas:

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The Great lakes Restoration Initiative begins in 2010 by identifying $475 million for programs and projects strategically chosen to target the most significant environmental problems in the Great Lakes ecosystem. Find out more about public meetings, the full report and how to submit comments. More>

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Estabrook dam dilemma continues

by mo on July 15, 2009

At a meeting of the parks, Energy and Environment Committee this week, supervisors voted to commit $15,000 to explore the feasibility of a hydroelectric dam to replace the aging Estabrook dam. The decision to remove or repair the dam has been fraught with controversy as a host of issues that are a part of either […]

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