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Restoring the Common Tern

The Common Tern is a bird best known for its graceful flight and dramatic dives. The shoals and nooks of the eastern Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline have been some of the tern's best nesting habitat in North America. But over the past 50 years, the area's tern population has dropped dramatically, from 20,000 to only 2000. Now the tern's a threatened species in New York. David Sommerstein reports on efforts to restore the bird's numbers.  Go to full article

Oberstar on Seaway Expansion

David Sommerstein talks with Minnesota Congressman Jim Oberstar (D)about possible expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes navigational system.  Go to full article

Water Levels Cut Into Marina Business

Researchers from Cornell University are asking marina owners along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario how changes in water levels affect their businesses. The survey is part of a study to update a 45 year old plan for controlling water levels in the region. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Army Corps Seaway Study Points Toward Expansion

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is putting the finishing touches on a preliminary study of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system - what Corps officials call a "snapshot" of shipping on the waters. It recommends a more detailed, and more expensive, study that would consider building wider locks and deeper channels for bigger ships. Any possible construction would be years or even decades away. But seaway expansion critics are determined to stop the process in its tracks. David Sommerstein has this report.  Go to full article

Heat on the Corps: What Costs, Who Benefits?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed an economic analysis on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. It calls for a more detailed study to consider the costs and benefits of deepening the St. Lawrence River for larger freighters. After several reports that the Corps has been playing fast and loose with the numbers to justify big water projects, the Corps has suspended about 150 projects to conduct limited reviews. It's unclear whether this is a tactical public relations move by the Corps or a genuine attempt to better determine whether the projects are truly needed. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Army Corps To Expand Ship Channels?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering expanding canals, channels, harbors, and locks to make way for larger ocean-going ships to enter the Great Lakes. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports, not everyone thinks that's such a good idea.  Go to full article

Corps Presents Seaway Study in Ogdensburg

The Army Corps of Engineers heard an earful from St. Lawrence River residents last night in Ogdensburg. The Corps presented its draft report on navigational improvements to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens With Higher Water Levels

The Soo Locks and St. Lawrence Seaway are opening to higher lake levels and mild ice conditions, making for an easier start to the commercial shipping season. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson has more.  Go to full article

Ballast Slime Hatches Aquatic Invaders

New research shows that having ships dump their ballast water before entering the Great Lakes might not be enough to stop the growth of invasive species in the region. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Security on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

Since September 11, the US government has been closing security gaps in aviation. But maritime officials warn that security on our Great Lakes is even less certain. Recently the US Coast Guard held an international conference in Cleveland on Great Lakes security. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Schaefer reports.  Go to full article

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