Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance

Science 05/24/19, 15:17

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where the aggressive invaders could leave other fish with ...

Isle Royale moose population surges during wolf decline

U.S. 04/30/19, 10:00

Moose are thriving at Isle Royale National Park, but the trees on which they feast are paying a heavy price, scientists reported Tuesday.An estimated 2,060 of the lumbering beasts roam the island wilderness, according to a report by Michigan Technological University researchers who spend weeks there each winter observing the ...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

U.S. 04/29/19, 13:27

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp.Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that he had authorized the state's ...

Michigan village seeks to sell land to medical pot industry

Business 04/20/19, 09:28

A northern Michigan village whose president wants the community to be a pioneer in the medical marijuana industry is planning to sell a portion of its taxpayer-owned land, possibly for the cultivation of cannabis.Kalkaska leaders voted this month to list nearly 10 acres (4 hectares) for sale within the industrial ...

Michigan governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project

Business 03/28/19, 18:52

A law that Michigan's Republican-led Legislature hurriedly passed during a lame-duck session in December authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking lakes Huron and Michigan is unconstitutional, the state's Democratic attorney general said Thursday.Shortly after Dana Nessel issued her first legal opinion since taking office in ...

Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

U.S. 03/21/19, 18:26

A U.S.-Canadian team prepared Thursday for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd.The targeted pack is on Michipicoten Island on the eastern side of ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale last fall returns to mainland

U.S. 02/07/19, 10:13

A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles (24 kilometers) across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said Wednesday.The female was among four wolves relocated from ...

APNewsBreak: Michigan governor revamps agency after Flint

U.S. 02/04/19, 11:01

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.The Associated Press obtained details of Whitmer's plan to restructure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The plan is expected to be formally released later Monday.The ...

Michigan Legislature spares most wetlands in lame-duck bill

U.S. 12/21/18, 19:16

An effort to drastically curtail legal protection of Michigan wetlands fell short Friday as the Legislature approved a scaled-down bill that continues to require permits for degrading many bogs, marshes and similar waterways but also makes key concessions to developers.The measure enacted in the waning hours of a frantic lame-duck ...

New Michigan panel to consider Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

U.S. 12/19/18, 08:47

A recently established state panel in Michigan could give final approval to a proposed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes. The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is scheduled to meet for the first time Wednesday, Dec.19, in St. Ignace. The three-member panel is expected to consider recent agreements ...

Scientists: Michigan may need stronger standard for toxins

Enviroment 12/18/18, 17:17

Michigan's standard for protecting drinking water from certain toxic chemicals may not be strong enough to safeguard human health, a scientific panel convened by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday.The finding by the Michigan PFAS Science Advisory Committee highlighted a 99-page report to state officials grappling with the emergence of ...

Michigan governor signs bill allowing Great Lakes oil tunnel

U.S. 12/12/18, 16:43

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday establishing a panel to oversee construction of an oil pipeline tunnel in the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Michigan, while opponents insisted the battle isn't over and could widen from the state Capitol to the courts.Snyder also appointed the three members of the new ...

Cost of keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples

Enviroment 11/28/18, 17:40

Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week released a final strategy plan for upgrading the Brandon ...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Enviroment 11/14/18, 18:53

The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy.The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget authorization bill, includes provisions sought by environmentalists ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale National Park this fall dies

U.S. 11/13/18, 17:56

A gray wolf relocated this fall from mainland Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park has died of unknown causes, officials said Tuesday, a minor setback in a multiyear plan to rebuild the predator species on the Lake Superior archipelago.The 5-year-old male was among the first two wolves released at the ...

Authorities: 1 swimmer dead, 1 missing in Lake Michigan

U.S. 11/05/18, 12:58

Authorities say a 46-year-old man has died and a 52-year-old woman is missing after going swimming in hazardous waters in Lake Michigan near a Chicago suburb.The city of Highland Park says in a statement the Elgin woman and the Itasca man were part of a group of about 10 people ...

Update: Deal announced to replace Great Lakes pipelines

Business 10/03/18, 13:07

The Latest on an agreement to replace oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel (all times local):12:20 p.m.Michigan officials and Enbridge have reached a deal on replacing 65-year-old twin oil pipelines that critics describe as a serious threat to the Great Lakes.Under a plan announced Wednesday, a new pipeline ...

NewsBreak: Michigan, company reach oil pipeline deal

U.S. 10/03/18, 11:16

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge have agreed to replace twin 65-year-old crude oil pipes in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes with another that would run through a tunnel far below the lake bed, officials told The Associated Press.The plan calls for drilling ...

2 wolves moved from mainland to Isle Royale National Park

Science 09/27/18, 15:26

Officials have relocated two gray wolves from the mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain.The National Park Service says a 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were flown to the park Wednesday from the Grand ...

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