great lakes


Thu February 6, 2014

Upstate communities tackle pollution in the Genesee River

Algae on Ontario beach
Center for Environmental Initiatives

Community members from across western New York came together in Rochester Thursday to address the issue of pollution in the Genesee River, and create an action plan for the immediate future.

The summit, run by the Center for Environmental Initiatives, was spurred by a new study which suggests human activity along the Genesee River Basin is having a direct impact on the water quality in Lake Ontario.

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Mon August 12, 2013
Great Lakes

Floating USGS lab continues monitoring of Great Lakes

Sea Lamprey
Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission estimates that more than 40 million people in the US and Canada depend on the Great Lakes for food, drinking water and recreation. A state-of-the-art research vessel the “Muskie” is currently making its way through Lake Erie collecting data samples for the US Geological Survey.

The 70-foot long vessel isn’t your average boat. It’s rigged with advanced sonar and noise reduction technology and high-end microscopes for testing fish samples. Director of the USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Russell Strach, says the boat has everything you’d find in a lab and more.

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Mon August 5, 2013
Great Lakes Restoration

Great Lakes restoration funding roundabout continues

International Joint Commission

A federal program dedicated to environmental restoration and cleaning up of the Great Lakes has escaped a massive budget cut. A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives has voted to amend a bill that looked to slash the program’s funding, partially restoring it to 210-million for fiscal year 2014.

The House bill originally aimed to cut 80 percent of the program’s budget, from nearly 300-million-dollars to just 60-million in 2014.

A House committee has since revised that figure from 60 million to 210 million.

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Wed July 24, 2013
Great Lakes

Drastic budget cut proposed for Great Lakes restoration program

A federal program tasked with cleaning up and restoring the Great Lakes is facing a massive budget cut in the House of Representatives.

A House subcommittee is proposing an 80 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Funding would be slashed from $285 million in the current budget to just $60 million next year. 

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Thu July 18, 2013
Great Lakes

Thousand Islands residents support return to more natural water flows

Thousand Islands residents overwhelmingly supported a plan to return more natural water flows to the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario last night.

At a hearing before the International Joint Commission in Alexandria Bay last night, more than 150 people applauded the IJC for a new water levels plan that would restore wetlands and help fish and wildlife.

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