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Great Lakes call for help

The Great Lakes might be the most ignored resource on the continent. Great Lakes advocates say they have not been able to get enough attention or money from Congress. Rebecca Williams reports one group is outlining what needs to be done to fix the Lakes before climate change makes things worse.  Go to full article
The <i>Federal Kivalina</i>'s crew chief tests a ballast tank for invasive species
The Federal Kivalina's crew chief tests a ballast tank for invasive species

Seaway tries to close the door on invasive species

The United States and Canada are trying to figure out how to keep new invasive species out of the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. 185 have already snuck in, costing the region billions of dollars a year. Many hitchhiked in the ballast tanks of foreign ships. Both countries want the public to know they're doing something about the problem. So they invited journalists to the port of Montreal to see how ballast tanks are tested for invasive species. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Zebra mussels 20 years later

The invasive zebra mussel has disrupted food chains and caused billions of dollars in damage across the country. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the discovery of zebra mussels. Mark Brush reports.  Go to full article

The story behind the Great Lakes compact

Even before he took the oath of office, one of David Patterson's first actions as Governor was to sign the Great Lakes Compact. The compact is a comprehensive plan to prevent water diversions out of the Great Lakes basin. All eight Great Lakes states AND Congress have to ratify the compact before it can become law. New York joins Minnesota, Indiana, and Illinois as the first states to ratify it. Peter Annin is the author of The Great Lakes Water Wars, a narrative history of water diversions in the Great Lakes and of the compact itself. He told David Sommerstein that most people think of the parched Southwest when they think of water being piped out of the region.  Go to full article

Two decades of zebra mussels, more invaders

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the arrival of the "poster child" of invasive species - the zebra mussels. Environmentalists took the occasion to call on the U.S. and Canada to do more to prevent more unwanted arrivals. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bush budget benefits Seaway, not River

President Bush's executive budget brought good news to the St. Lawrence Seaway. The plan would almost double the Seaway's budget. But shippers and environmentalists say the spending plan leaves the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River themselves on thin ice. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Satellites could help Great Lakes

Scientists say satellite images could do more to help spot major problems in the Great Lakes, if there were more federal money for those kinds of programs. Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Seaway proposes new ballast rules

The St. Lawrence Seaway has introduced a new way to keep invasive species from sneaking into the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. Under a proposed rule announced yesterday [Wednesday], oceangoing ships would have to flush their ballast tanks with salt water at least 200 miles from the North American shore. At least 185 exotic species have been found in the lakes. Many were scooped into ship ballast tanks in foreign ports, hauled across the Atlantic and dumped into the Great Lakes when the ships emptied their ballast tanks to take on cargo. St. Lawrence Seaway Administrator Terry Johnson describes the proposed rule as an interim measure while a tougher bill works its way through Congress. Johnson told David Sommerstein it was time for the Seaway to act.  Go to full article

Sport fishing drops on Great Lakes

A national survey of anglers is trying to determine why fewer people are fishing the Great Lakes. Peter Payette reports.  Go to full article

Die-off of birds on Great Lakes investigated

More than 100 dead loons and other migratory birds have washed up on the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in the past week. State officials suspect botulism. Similar die-offs have become a yearly event since 2000. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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