Asian carp has gained some notoriety in the United States as an invasive species and general pest. It’s proven difficult to eradicate and it’s poised to enter the Great Lakes. It seems it’s here to stay, so what to do with it? Feed China.
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Water levels in the Great Lakes are lower than their long-term averages. Despite a wet season, experts believe the gains could evaporate.
The Great Lakes isn’t the only area in the U.S. facing water shortages. In fact, lately it seems like there are more areas dealing with shortage or drought than not. We all need to change our habits to conserve water now, before the situation becomes even more critical. Here are some ideas to get you started!
The ecology of the Great Lakes has been struggling for many years. Parts of them are dead and others are dying. “Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes” examines the reasons why.
So it happened. The first Asian carp was found past the electric barrier designed specifically to keep them out of Lake Michigan. And the thing weighed 20 pounds. After several suits against Illinois to close the shipping waterways that separate the Mississippi River and Great Lakes water basins and losing every time, including in the […]
Last year President Obama, who knows the Great Lakes well having started his political career in Chicago, proposed a clean-up plan for the Great Lakes. This week the EPA met with governors of Great Lakes border-states to outline an “action plan” for 2010 through 2014 that focuses on eliminating invasive species, cleaning up pollution and […]
The fight to control the invasion of Asian carp in the Great Lakes is spurring legal battles between Midwestern states. Michigan, with the backing of Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota, is suing Illinois to prevent the Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan. Not only invasive species but toxic chemicals, urbanization, and climate change threaten […]
This past June Obama created the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force- their job is to develop “a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes.” The task force visited the Great Lakes area this week, looking at what needs to be done in the […]
Name this place: It has the third largest industrial economy in the world. It contains 22% of the world’s fresh surface water. It has 35,000 islands, and is sometimes referred to as the “Third Coast” of the U.S.. 35 million people depend on it for their survival. And it’s nearing “irreversible collapse”. The place I’m […]
The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was enacted in 1972 between the United States and Canada “to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem.”Â Over the years, the pact has undergone several revisions when the Great Lakes faced differing threats, such as phosphorus or toxic substances.Â Recently, […]
A recent study, released by The International Upper Great Lakes Study Board (IUGLSB), has confirmed alarming news about the declining levels of water in the upper Great Lakes. According to the study, 6 billion more gallons of water are flowing out of out of Lakes Michigan and Huron each day as compared to 1971.Â What […]