Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Underwater Sanctuary Plan Aims To Preserve Lake Michigan Shipwrecks"

"SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — After a year of scouring the depths of Lake Michigan with a sonar-equipped fishing boat, Steve Radovan finally got a hit on the gray-scale monitor in the captain’s cabin in May 2016. The 71-year-old shipwreck enthusiast powered down the Discovery’s engines and dropped a waterproof camera attached to a rope into roughly 300 feet of water. The images revealed a three-masted barquentine, covered in mussels and algae but lying on the bottom still largely intact."

Source: Chicago Tribune, 09/22/2017

Study: Flint Water Killed Unborn Babies, Lowered Fertility

"The city of Flint saw fewer pregnancies, and a higher number of fetal deaths, during the period women and their fetuses were exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, according to a new research study that reviewed health records from Flint and the state."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 09/22/2017

New Enbridge Pipeline Across Northern Minnesota Not Needed, State Says

"Enbridge's proposed new crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota isn't needed, and moreover the aging line it's supposed to replace should be shut down, the Minnesota Department of Commerce said in an analysis released Monday."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 09/12/2017

"State Demands Enbridge Fix Mackinac Pipe Coating Gaps"

"Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday ordered an accelerated and “aggressive” review of Enbridge Energy operations and maintenance procedures after the company revealed that at least two areas on twin pipelines running under the Straits of Mackinac are missing enamel coating."

Source: Detroit News, 08/31/2017

"Broader Relaxation Of Environmental Rules Seen Coming From Foxconn"

"Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to exempt Foxconn from state wetland restrictions may do more to attract smaller developments in the future than it will to lure the electronics giant to Wisconsin, critics of the plan say."

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 08/21/2017

Climate Explodes Larch Beetle Numbers, Transforming Minnesota Forests

"Eastern larch beetles, tiny burrowing bugs native to Minnesota, are exploding in number across the state’s northern forest and have killed or damaged about a third of the state’s tamarack trees — one of the first clear signs of a rapidly changing climate."

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, 08/15/2017

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