Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Great Lakes: Army Corps 'Gauntlet' Aims To Halt Spread Of Asian Carp"

"The best way to keep invasive Asian carp from entering and wreaking havoc on the Great Lakes would involve a series of water jets, flushing locks and electrical barriers on the Illinois River, according to a long-delayed Army Corps of Engineers report out today."

Source: Greenwire, 08/08/2017

"Speedy Detroit Blight Removal Could Be Endangering Residents"

"Contractors in Detroit were under so much pressure to knock down thousands of abandoned properties that they cut corners, mishandled deadly asbestos at dozens of sites, and, in two cases, appeared to falsify inspection reports, according to documents the Free Press obtained under the state Freedom of Information Act."

Source: Detroit Free Press, 08/07/2017

Forecasters: Lake Erie Algae Bloom Shaping Up As Big, Possibly Harmful

"This year's bloom is predicted by NOAA to be much larger than average - just under the size of the 2014 bloom that left 500,000 without drinking water".

"The forecast for western Lake Erie for later this summer into fall?: Green and mucky.

The algae blooms that have plagued the lake in recent years are expected to be worse than normal this year, well above the size at which they can potentially become harmful to aquatic life and even humans, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters announced Thursday.

Source: Detroit Free Press, 07/14/2017
August 6, 2017 to August 7, 2017

IJNR Workshop: The Great Lakes and the Federal Budget

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists to Milwaukee, Aug 6-7, 2017, for a workshop exploring the federal budget proposal and its potential impact in the Great Lakes. Lodging and meals included for $25. Lodging deadline is Jul 17. Journalists that don't require lodging can register until the 20-person cap is reached.

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CDC: 2600% Increase in Tick-Borne Babesiosis Infections in Wisconsin

"It is not just a bad summer for ticks — it has been a bad decade for the spread of tick-borne infections. New surveillance from the CDC reports rapid expansion and increase in cases of babesiosis, a sometimes life-threatening disease, in Wisconsin."

Source: Invisiverse, 07/07/2017

"45,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Leak After Train Derails In Illinois"

"PLAINFIELD, Ill. -- Most roads have reopened in Plainfield after a train carrying crude oil derailed nearly 40 miles southwest of Chicago. Plainfield police said it will take several days to clean up an estimated 45,000 gallons of oil near Route 59 and Riverwalk Court, near the village's downtown business district."

Source: CBS News, 07/03/2017

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