Tuesday, November 30, 2004

A note seeking some assistance:

Hello:
I am trying to find some used (but in great shape!)
wind measuring equipment for my son for Christmas.
He is a brilliant child (inspite of his autism) and
absolutely raves about wind energy. He has a
few devices already, but I would love to get him
a roof-mounted anemometer with the electronic
reader (forgive me for MY lack of knowledge!)
I have seen them go for about $125 brand new, but
would like to purchase one a little cheaper (around
$40 or $50.) Maybe an older, out-of-stock item.
I would appreciate any help you could provide!
- J.D. :)

Please contact at
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Friday, November 19, 2004

::: ENN Daily Newsletter - Monday, November 1, 2004 :::


High Tech Buildings Use Sunlight, Sea Water to Save Energy

At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the lights are controlled by sensors that measure sunlight. They dim immediately when it's sunny and brighten when a passing cloud blocks the Sun.

Southern California Dam Outlives Its Usefulness, But Removing It Presents a Costly Challenge

OJAI, California — The Matilija Dam isn't much of a dam anymore; on rainy days, it looks more like a waterfall. A pile of sediment has built up so high behind the dam that when just an inch of rain falls, water spills over in glistening cascades.

Kyoto Is Too Little to Fix Warming, Says U.N. Climate Chief

OSLO, Norway — Although saved recently with Russian help, the Kyoto pact on global warming offers too little to arrest climate change and governments should adopt more radical solutions, the top U.N. climate expert said.

Outrage at Seal Hunt Tourism Is Nonsense, Says Norway

OSLO, Norway — Foreign outrage at a Norwegian plan to let tourists go on seal-shooting trips is mostly "emotional nonsense," a senior official said recently.

EarthTalk: What Is the Roadless Rule?

The U.S. Forest Service manages America's national forests for “multiple uses,” not just recreation and preservation. And over the past 50 years, one of those primary “uses” has been resource extraction, whereby taxpayer-subsidized leases have been granted to logging, mining, and energy companies so they can remove and sell timber, ore, oil, and gas.

Canada and European Union Consider Global Conference on Overfishing

OTTAWA — Canada and the European Union agreed recently to move beyond their long-running argument about fishing off the Atlantic Ocean Grand Banks to attack overfishing on a global basis.

Uphill Battle to Improve China's Death-Trap Mines

BEIJING — More than 200 Chinese coal miners lost their lives recently in at least five separate accidents, prompting President Hu Jintao to call for answers and the government to demand stronger enforcement of safety rules.

Day from Hell May Have Killed Off Dinosaurs

YAXCOPOIL, Mexico —One minute you're a big T-rex, the next you're toast. Challenging conventional theory, new scientific research suggests the dinosaurs may have been scorched into extinction by an asteroid collision 65 million years ago that unleashed 10 billion times more power than the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.

He's Not Voting For Big Oil

Mangrove Action Project MAP's Children's Mangrove Art Calendars for 2005 Now Available!!!

Eco-tour to the Yucatan Peninsula

Wildlife Expo Draws Leading Wildlife Conservationists Together to Speak Out For Community-Based Programs To Save Endangered Species

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China Bans Imports of Scrap Electronics in Bid to Clean Up Environment

BEIJING — China is banning imports of used television sets and other electronic scrap in a bid to clean up its environment, complaining that the United States, Japan, and others are using it as a dumping ground, a government newspaper said recently.

World Unprepared for Avian Flu, Experts Warn

WASHINGTON — The current U.S. flu vaccine shortage shows perfectly how poorly the world is prepared to handle the next global epidemic of influenza, health experts said Sunday.

Mexico Dreams of Challenging China in Bamboo Market

HUATUSCO, Mexico — It can be used to build homes and make deodorant, clothes, and paper. Some industries fuel ovens with it. The Aztecs made flutes out of it.

California Town Known for Roses Fears Scent of Another Kind

WASCO, California — The pride of this farming town tucked into the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley is a crop not usually linked to one of the nation's most fertile agricultural regions.

EarthTalk: What Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? And Should It Be Avoided?

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a synthetic detergent known for its ability to generate a sudsy lather. As a result, the beauty and cosmetics products industry has long used it as a key component in shampoos and other personal care products, citing consumer desire for a foamy bath and shower experience.

About 65 Families Are Still Evacuated Because of Last Week's Chemical Spill in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — About 65 families remained out of their homes Monday as crews worked to clean up the remnants of 22,000 gallons of hazardous chemicals that spilled last week from a railroad tanker.

Greenpeace Accuses Hong Kong of Downplaying Air Pollution

HONG KONG — Greenpeace on Monday accused the Hong Kong government of downplaying air pollution in the territory by setting the acceptable level of certain pollutants too high.

Nigerian Unions Vote for General Strike on Nov. 16

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian unions decided on recently to hold an indefinite general strike on Nov. 16 to protest against rising fuel prices in the world's eighth largest oil exporter.

He's Not Voting For Big Oil

GM Lays Off 9,000 Truck Workers; Gas- Guzzler Business Plan is Crumbling, Says NRDC

Sardines May Prevent Toxic Gas Eruptions off the California and African Coasts

Improved Wildlife Management Plan Brings Hope to Mozambique

Migratory Bird Flyway Protection Campaign

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Arctic Melt Accelerates, Governments Split

OSLO, Norway — A thaw of the Arctic icecap is accelerating because of global warming, but nations in the region including the United States are deadlocked about how to stop it.

Endangered Species Is List Growing, Says Green Group

BANGKOK, Thailand — The world's list of endangered species is growing at an alarming and unprecedented rate, as governments pay less and less attention to green issues, a major global environmental body said on Tuesday.

Pipeline in Northern Iraq Is Attacked

KIRKUK, Iraq — Saboteurs blew up an oil pipeline and attacked an oil well in northern Iraq Tuesday, which are expected to stop oil exports for the next 10 days, Iraqi oil officials said.

Russian Scientist Surrenders Arms-Grade Plutonium

MOSCOW — A Russian atomic scientist surrendered to police on Tuesday eight containers filled with arms-grade nuclear material he had kept in his garage for eight years, Russian media reported.

Russia and Iran Are to Sign Nuclear Deal in December, Says Tass

MOSCOW — Iran will sign an agreement in December to return spent nuclear fuel to Russia for disposal, Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reported on Tuesday, heading off U.S. fears that the material could be used to make bombs.

Louisiana Asks Federal Government to Help Build a Better Bridge to Threatened Oil Port

PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana — If you think oil is expensive now, just imagine if Hurricane Ivan had swung west and come ashore at this bustling oil and gas port at the southernmost point of Louisiana.

China Bans Cooking of Civet Cat to Prevent SARS

BEIJING — China has banned the cooking and selling of civet cat to prevent a return of SARS, state media said on Tuesday, quoting the health ministry.

Nigerian Court Throws Out Case Challenging Troop Withdrawal from Disputed Peninsula

ABUJA, Nigeria — A court in Nigeria's capital on Tuesday threw out a bid by political and ethnic leaders to prevent a disputed territory in oil-rich waters from being handed over to Cameroon.

Senegal's Cholera Epidemic Spreads with 400 Cases, Two Fatal

DAKAR, Senegal — A cholera epidemic in the capital of this West African nation was spreading Tuesday, with 400 cases reported and two deaths so far, health officials said.


12 Days, 12 Ways To Go Affordably Green

New World Resources Institute Report Documents Profitable Corporate Actions to Slow Global Warming

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Bush Is Likely to Renew Push for Alaska Oil Drilling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In his second term, U.S. President George W. Bush is likely to stick to his plan to fill the nation's emergency crude oil stockpile and may find more Congressional allies to open an Alaskan wildlife refuge to oil drilling, energy experts said.

France Suspends Hunting to Save Orphaned Bear Cub

BORDEAUX, France — France suspended hunting in the western Pyrenees on Wednesday to save a bear cub orphaned when his mother, the last female bear native to the region, was killed by hunters earlier this week.

California Group Sues Wind Companies Over Bird Deaths

SAN FRANCISCO — A California environmental group has sued to force the operators of one of North America's largest windmill farms to take steps to reduce the number of birds killed in the turbines' propellers, court papers showed this week.

Iraq Tops Bush's Agenda, but Economy Also Will Need His Focus

President Bush heads into his second term with the stabilization of Iraq under a democratic government as his top policy goal. But he also has unfinished domestic business, including making his sweeping tax cuts permanent, reforming Social Security, and promoting energy production.

Scientists Intrigued by Dead Whale Washed Up on Beach in Eastern Australia

BRISBANE, Australia — The body of a whale resembling a giant dolphin that washed up on an eastern Australian beach has intrigued local scientists, who agreed Wednesday that it is rare but are not sure just how rare.

E.U. to Send Euro6.2 Million (US$7.9 Million) in Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

BRUSSELS, Belgium — The European Union's head office said Wednesday it would send a euro6.2 million (US$7.9 million) humanitarian aid package to North Korea.

U.N. Nuke Report on Iran May Weaken U.S. Case, Say Diplomats

VIENNA, Austria — A new report on U.N. nuclear inspections in Iran may be worded in a way that undermines the U.S. case for reporting Tehran to the Security Council this month, diplomats said on Wednesday.

E.U. Extends Euro200 Million Loan to Fund Syrian Natural Gas Power Plant

LUXEMBOURG — The European Union on Wednesday granted a loan of euro200 million (US$255 million) for a natural gas-fired power plant in Syria, the largest E.U. financing ever extended to the Mideast nation.


New Opening With MAP: Development Coordinator

School IPM & Recycling Policies at 2nd Largest School District In USA Receive National Honor!

“Conservation Progress Is Possible" If President Bush Delivers on Commitmentsible”

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Beijing Is Facing "State of Emergency" from Filthy Air

BEIJING — China's capital is in "a state of emergency" because of air pollution, and one of the biggest polluters in the city, host of the 2008 Olympics, will slash production till the end of the year, state media said on Thursday.

Experts Call for Cleaning Up of Bhopal Plant Where Gas Leak Killed Thousands of People in 1984

BHOPAL, India — Experts on Thursday urged the removal of thousands of tons of toxic waste from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in central India, where a devastating gas leak killed 15,000 people 20 years ago.

Africa Must Boost Use of Water Resources to Combat Food Shortages and Poverty, Says U.N.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Africa needs to step up the use of its abundant water resources to boost farm productivity and combat persistent poverty and food shortages, a United Nations official said Thursday.

Britain Hopes to Push U.S. on Climate Change, Says Adviser

BERLIN — Britain hopes it can exert influence on reelected President George W. Bush and push the United States to do more to combat climate change, the British government's chief scientist said on Thursday.

Britons Make Seal Pup Rescue a Part-time Passion

GWEEK, England — A stocky British construction surveyor appears an unlikely savior for three plump bundles of white fur named Rush, Nettle, and Sweetpea.

Amphibians Are Threatened Worldwide and Other Stories

Frogs and their relatives are in deep trouble. According to a new study published in the journal Science, one-third of the world's amphibians are declining due to disease, climate change, and habitat loss. Of the 5,743 known species, 1,856 are considered globally threatened in the wild. Up to 168 may be extinct.

U.K. Queen's Green Credentials Win Eco- plaudits

LONDON — When Queen Elizabeth opened a conference on global warming in Berlin this week, it shone a spotlight on her own efforts to keep Britain green.

China's FM to Visit Iran and Discuss Nuclear Issue

BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, deeply involved in efforts to end the North Korean nuclear standoff, will visit Iran later this week and discuss the Islamic republic's own nuclear crisis.

Strong Aftershock Rattles Quake-Devastated Region in Northern Japan

TOKYO — A strong earthquake Thursday shook an area in northern Japan still recovering from last month's magnitude-6.8 quake, the Meteorological Agency said. The latest tremor sent residents dashing under tables and led to at least one injury.


MAP Co-Founder, Pisit Charnsnoh Wins The Rolex Award!

Federal Judge Again Halts Dredging in the Snake River

New Opening With MAP: Development Coordinator

School IPM & Recycling Policies at 2nd Largest School District In USA Receive National Honor!

“Conservation Progress Is Possible" If President Bush Delivers on Commitmentsible”

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Sleeping Bear lakeshore expands
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More than 100 acres of sensitive land near the Crystal River in Leelanau County is being purchased for addition to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Source: The Detroit News (11/19)


Organizers pitch lakefront museum in Indiana
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Organizers of an ambitious $25 million Lake Michigan waterfront museum project in Gary have a goal to break ground on it by 2006. Source: Merrillville Post-Tribune (11/19)


Natives win land-use ruling in Canada
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Federal and provincial governments must consult First Nations about use of disputed land even before aboriginal claims are proven, says Canada's top court. Source: The London Free Press (11/19)


Minnesota's wolf numbers stable
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Minnesota's population of wolves is steady or slightly growing, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources survey released Thursday. Source: Duluth News Tribune (11/19)


Rochester's mayor calls saving ferry urgent
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The city must save Rochester's high-speed ferry service before the ship is sold elsewhere and sails away for good, taking a boatload of taxpayer money with it, according to Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/19)


EDITORIAL: Healthy return, but it's too soon to cut wolf protections
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The Upper Peninsula now hosts at least 77 wolf packs and there's the possibility that they also are crossing the Mackinac Straits, but the bigger issue is how much protection to keep giving the gray wolf. Source: Detroit Free Press (11/19)


Wisconsin water pollution enforcement faltering
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In a new report, an environmental watchdog group found lax enforcement of Wisconsin water permits that in some cases has allowed polluters to run up hundreds of violations without paying penalties. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/18)


Incinerator ban bill advances in Illinois
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Illinois could become the first state nationwide to ban medical waste incinerators, thanks to citizen efforts launched here raising concerns about the health impacts of the process. Source: Evanston Review (11/18)


Garbage pellets may fuel factories
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York Region's great hope to stop sending household trash to Michigan in the next few years depends on the approval of a plan to use garbage pellets as a new "alternative fuel". Source: YorkRegion.com (11/18)


Health Canada reviewing fish guidelines
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Mounting evidence that mercury contamination can damage fetal brain development has pushed Health Canada to review its guidelines on fish consumption by women of childbearing age. Source: Canadian Press (11/17)


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High-speed Lake Michigan ferry's first season deemed success
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After an early end to its inaugural season, the Lake Express high-speed ferry that crossed Lake Michigan in 2 1/2 hours is getting a rave review from Michigan tourism officials. Source: Detroit Free Press (11/4)


Residents still waiting for County JAWA decision
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About 500 families, currently on the Countryside Manor system, sought to get Lake Michigan water after learning their well system contained levels of radium and contaminants that exceed water quality standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency. Source: Libertyville Review (11/4)


New director named at Dunes State Park
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Todd Webb, a 7-year veteran of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which runs the state parks, will take over the post of Indiana Dunes State Park property manager for Ted Bohman later this month. Source: The Northwest Indiana Times (11/4)


Milwaukee port sees scads of steel shipments
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Imports of steel products at the Port of Milwaukee are up more than 200% from last year as European steel pours into the Midwest for factories making everything from appliances to automobiles. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/3)


DEQ, Dow promise to go public over dioxin this week
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The outcome of closed-door negotiations between the state Department of Environmental Quality and Dow Chemical Co. over dioxin cleanup will become public this week. Source: The Saginaw News (11/2)


Snakehead scare over for now
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After a northern snakehead was caught in Chicago's Burnham Harbor, Michigan officials began planning to counter a potential invasion of the voracious fish. Source: South Bend Tribune (11/2)


Groups sue Bush administration over wildlife rule
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Environmentalists are suing the Bush administration for repealing rules that protect wildlife in national forests. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/1)


Ash tree pests are getting closer
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More than 21,000 trees were destroyed in St. Joseph and St. Joseph Township in Berrien County this spring, and the state of Indiana will destroy nearly 24,000 ash trees in LaGrange and Steuben counties in Indiana early next year. Source: South Bend Tribune (11/1)


Waterfront agency wants powers to act on borrowing, land deals, reinvestment
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The agency that oversees Toronto's waterfront redevelopment, kept on a short leash by its political masters, is asking to be set free to get the job done. Source: The Globe and Mail (10/29)


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Lakefront in Illinois gets federal money after 32 years
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After decades of turning down millions in federal money, Illinois will become the last eligible state to join a program that funds improved coastlines -- in this case, Lake Michigan's shoreline. Source: Chicago Sun-Times (11/5)


The legend lives on
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Cleveland's Mather Museum has closed for the season, but it opens Saturday for "Remembering the Fitz," a day of free tours commemorating the anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald's loss. Source: The Plain Dealer (11/5)


Freighter makes Great Lakes debut
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One of a new breed of compact ocean freighters designed specifically for easy handling in the Great Lakes arrived in the Twin Ports this week to take on a load of grain. Source: Duluth News Tribune (11/5)


County offered hold on lawsuits by paper mills
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Paper companies are offering Brown County and other governmental and tribal bodies a deal that would keep either side from suing the other while talks on Fox River cleanup continue. Source: The Green Bay News-Chronicle (11/5)


Project to reintroduce wild rice faces challenged by mute swans
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Reestablishing stands of wild rice in shallow areas of Muskegon Lake has met a formidable foe in the appetites of mute swans. Source: Muskegon Chronicle (11/4)


COMMENTARY: Rebranding Environment Canada
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St├ęphane Dion, the federal environment minister has mused publicly about changing the name of Environment Canada to the Department of Sustainable Economy. Source: The Toronto Star (11/4)


Ontario interested in slightly enriched uranium blending proposal
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From the standpoint of emergency preparedness, Ontario is interested in
Cameco's bid to produce slightly enriched uranium at its Port Hope facility. Source: Northumberland News (11/4)


Canada's environment ministers commit to cutting mercury emissions from power plants
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Canada's environment ministers are pressing ahead with plans for major cuts in power-plant emissions of mercury - a toxin that is building up in fish and wildlife and endangering the health of some aboriginal populations. Source: Canadian Press (11/2)


Lake commission awards project grants
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The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has awarded more than $249,000 to five organizations conducting long-term research projects on the lake, and nearly $27,000 more went to three other organizations for short-term research projects. Source: Port Clinton News Herald (11/1)


Center will preserve Great Lakes' treasures
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Ground has been broken for a visitors center at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve that will preserve and highlight the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Source: The Detroit News (10/31)


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Invader takes root in Michigan
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Phragmites, a tall, invasive grass from Europe, is overtaking the native reeds of St. Clair Flats and threatening to drive out the wide variety of flora and fauna located there. Source: The Detroit News (11/8)


EDITORIAL: Greenbelt key planning tool
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Ontario's proposed 720,000-hectare greenbelt around the west end of Lake Ontario is a laudable attempt to curb urban sprawl, but by starting late in the game, it's playing catch-up. Source: The London Free Press (11/8)


Invasive fish rears ugly head in Great Lakes
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The northern snakehead caught by a Chicago fisherman in Lake Michigan a few weeks ago may have been a released pet, pointing to what is often an overlooked source of potential invasive species. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/8)


Mapping a lakefront makeover
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It's one of Cleveland's big bets - a master plan to transform eight miles of unfriendly lakefront into a vibrant coast of recreation, housing and commerce. Source: The Plain Dealer (11/7)


Restored Lake Huron light to open for tours
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A mile offshore in northern Lake Huron, the newly restored DeTour Reef Light - fresh from a two-year, $1 million restoration project - will be open for tours in 2005. Source: The Marquette Mining Journal (11/7)


NFTA harbors hopes for Buffalo waterfront
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From a new urbanist model to a traditional mixed-use development, officials
are considering a smorgasbord of options from groups competing for development rights to 120 acres of prime Lake Erie waterfront. Source: Buffalo Business First (11/7)


New electric 'wall' to keep giant fish out of Lake Michigan
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Construction of a permanent electric barrier to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes began last week on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. Source: The Grand Rapids Press (11/6)


Spirit of Ontario to hibernate all winter
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Don't expect the Spirit of Ontario to resume sailing this fall or winter--the ferry sits idle in the Genesee River at the Port of Rochester. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/6)


Three Door County islands envisioned as tourist, wildlife havens
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Plans are moving ahead to convert three Door County lighthouse properties into permanent tourist attractions and wildlife refuges. Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette (11/6)


Ohio businesses may not need air permits
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Thousands of environmentally regulated businesses in Ohio could soon be allowed to operate without state permits to discharge air pollution. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/6)


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Radium filtering doesn't get rid of it
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Dozens of northeastern Illinois communities are stripping their drinking water of cancer-causing radium, only to dump the radioactive element back into the environment in sludge spread on farm fields and wastewater pumped into rivers and streams. Source: Chicago Tribune (11/9)


Cleveland to launch final lakefront plan
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Planners say Cleveland's blue-collar, isolated lakefront would turn green and welcoming under a 50-year master plan that calls for new parks, new neighborhoods and an expanded Convention Center that links with a harborfront hub of activity. Source: The Plain Dealer (11/9)


Attack on bridge would ruin trade
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Canada could face a recession worse than the Great Depression if terrorists were to blow up the Ambassador Bridge -- the country's busiest border crossing -- the chairman of the Canadian Senate committee on national security and defence has warned. Source: The Windsor Star (11/9)


Wisconsin residents want better roads, fast trains
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Wisconsin residents' transportation priorities include improving roads, adding high-speed train service and building separate freeway lanes for trucks, according to a new survey by the state Department of Transportation. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/9)


Holy Grail of Great Lakes shipwrecks found?
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A shipwreck hunter believes he might have found what's been described as the Holy Grail of Great Lakes wrecks, triggering a new debate over who can lay claim to historic shipwrecks and what should happen to them. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/8)


Rare whooping crane shows up in southwest Michigan
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A member of a bird species that was nearly wiped out in the 1930s has been seen in Kalamazoo County for the first time in scores of years. Source: Kalamazoo Gazette (11/8)


Late season rescues, seawall crashes offer life-saving messages
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Several recent life-saving rescues around Lake Michigan revealed important safety messages for late-season boaters, including duck hunters, snowmobilers, and others who operate recreational vehicles near water. Source: The Bay City Times (11/8)


Federal tests find harmful mercury in Michigan waterways
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An environmental group's analysis of government fish sampling data ranks 170 of 218 Michigan lakes and rivers as having fish containing mercury levels high enough to raise safety concerns. Source: Muskegon Chronicle (11/8)


EDITORIAL: Job One for state legislators is Water Legacy Act
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Water rules are needed in Michigan, despite complaints from farmers who don't want their irrigation pipes regulated and business groups that claim such regulation would drive away jobs. Source: The Bay City Times (11/7)


Lake Erie resort ditches rowdy reputation
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The bikers still come to Geneva-On-The-Lake, but now they are often professional people looking for a nostalgic getaway to a quaint village that has shed its rowdy reputation. Source: The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (11/7)


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Conference considers Ohio's potential for wind power
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Ohio's only commercial wind farm is celebrating its one-year anniversary by increasing output, and a new wind resources map for the state shows potential for development. Source: The Akron Beacon Journal (11/10)


Fitzgerald sinking commemorated at lighthouse
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The 29th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald will be commemorated today with a ceremonial beacon lighting at Split Rock Lighthouse. Source: Duluth News Tribune (11/10)


Explosions, fire at Ontario propane company force evacuation
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Explosions at a Port Darlington propane company sent debris shooting into the sky "like rockets," including pieces of propane tanks that landed near Lake Ontario. Source: National Post (11/10)


Pest expanding its reach in Ohio
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The voracious green beetle burrowing through ash trees in northwest Ohio has struck the Toledo area again. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/10)


Proposed Ontario greenbelt takes some knocks
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Land developers and farmers led opposition to the province's proposed greenbelt at a public meeting this week. Source: The Toronto Star (11/9)


Public hearings on Gentilly nuclear plant open
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The fate of Quebec's only nuclear power plant now rests in the hands of the people, who will decide whether to expand the facilities at the Gentilly-2 plant near the St. Lawrence River, and extend the life of the aging reactor. Source: The Montreal Gazette (11/9)


Michigan accuses tribal fishermen of illegal catch
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Michigan's authority to regulate tribal commercial fishing operations in the Great Lakes will be tested by the seizure of nearly two tons of fish caught in Lake Michigan. Source: Booth Newspapers (11/9)


EPA acts to make beaches cleaner and safer
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To further protect beach goers at their favorite recreational spots, EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt signed a final regulation that helps improve the health of the nation's beaches on coastal and Great Lakes waters. Source: Kansas City InfoZine (11/9)


Cleveland lakefront plan will come with huge price tag
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The price tag for Cleveland's proposal to revamp its lakeshore could be as monumental as the vision -- hundreds of millions of dollars over 50 years. Source: WEWS-TV Cleveland (11/9)


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Michigan deer herd makes big moves
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Michigan has seen its deer population shift from north to south, partly because of changing logging and farming practices, partly due to efforts by the DNR to expand the herd in some areas and shrink it in others. Source: Detroit Free Press (11/11)


New funds could stem beach closings
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Last week Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich put in motion what local politicians and grass roots movements have been pushing for years, a request for federal funds to repair, protect and provide greater public access to 63 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Source: Northbrook Star (11/11)


Founder discusses ferry's future
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For the first time since the Spirit of Ontario abruptly stopped running in early September, the founder and co-owner of the high-speed ferry business met Tuesday with the Democrat and Chronicle to discuss what happened. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/10)


EDITORIAL: Protect our Great Lakes from misuse
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Several candidates for political office, during interviews with the News-Review editorial board, pointed to trouble brewing for the Great Lakes under a revised agreement between lake basin states and Canadian provinces. Source: Petoskey News-Review (11/10)


Forest service fights ash borer
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To prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer, the U.S. Forest Service has banned ash trees and tree parts and all firewood that comes from regulated and quarantined areas in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana from being transported or used on national forests in Michigan. Source: Ironwood Daily Globe (11/9)


EPA takes heat on new chemical exposure study
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The Environmental Protection Agency is drawing fire from some environmental groups for accepting money from the chemical industry for a study on children's exposure to pesticides. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/8)


COMMENTARY: Early winter finch migration indicates seed-cone shortage
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No telling how the winter up North will go, but the summer must not have been much to talk about, at least if you are a winter finch. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/7)


Bigger signs aim for better safety
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Four larger signs will go up this spring to let swimmers know when the waters off Lake Superior are too dangerous. Source: Duluth News Tribune (11/6)


No more deadlines for dioxin talks
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A week after the agency missed its Oct. 31 deadline and five months after Dow and DEQ brass first convened talks, state officials remain mum about their discussions with Dow and now have dismissed the disclosure deadlines they consistently broke. Source: The Saginaw News (11/5)


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Screenwriter floats plans for Edmund Fitzgerald project
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Michigan native Christian Chabot is the screenwriter for "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," a project that is shopping for investors. Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press (11/12)


EDITORIAL: Indiana's power plant dilemma
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The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission needs to carefully consider the environmental and economic ramifications before approving new coal-burning power plants in Indiana. Source: The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette (11/12)


Audubon names 7 Minnesota bird sites
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The National Audubon Society has recognized seven Minnesota areas as part of an international effort to focus attention on critical places for birds, which are suffering from habitat loss and fragmentation. Source: Duluth News Tribune (11/12)


Activists struggle to protect rural land
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The rolling landscape and proximity to Lake Michigan that make northwestern Michigan ideal for growing apples, cherries, grapes and pears also attracts builders. Source: Booth Newspapers (11/12)


The delicate aroma of Toronto's composter awes Michigan recyclers
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This week's visit by 20 Michigan recycling officials to Toronto smelled a lot like trash tourism. Source: The Globe and Mail (11/12)


Cold, wind swamp duck hunters on Lake Erie
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Hunters aiming to bag a duck had their hopes and their boats swamped off yesterday by a storm-tossed Lake Erie. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/12)


Gray wolf trapped, killed in the Lower Peninsula
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Speculations about the presence of gray wolves in the northern Lower Peninsula were confirmed on Oct. 23, when a local trapper found what turned out to be a 70-pound female wolf in one of his coyote traps. Source: Michigan Outdoor News (11/12)


Can the ferry weather Rochester's winter?
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With the boat docked until spring, the Coast Guard is concerned whether the Breeze can weather the season. Source: WOKR-TV 13 (11/11)


Pennsylvania program targets mercury pollution
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Pennsylvania has launched a program to remove electronic switches from vehicles that contain mercury, the second-leading cause of mercury pollution in the state. Source: The Harrisburg Patriot-News (11/10)


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Wisconsin tests people for mercury
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One-quarter of the Wisconsin men who volunteered for an ongoing study by the state health department have been found to have high levels of mercury in their bodies. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/15)


Preservationists unlikely to get all land they want in Saugatuck
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Preservationists say they no longer expect to acquire the entire 413 acres of shoreline and dune land they had their eye on as part of an effort to curb development along the Lake Michigan banks of Saugatuck, Mich. Source: Detroit Free Press (11/15)


Chemicals linger in the environment
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A complex brew of everyday compounds -- from products as ubiquitous as shampoo, bug spray and even that morning cup of coffee -- lingers in Minnesota waters after they've gone down the drain. Source: Duluth News Tribune (11/15)


Ohio EPA plan to revise clean-air rules criticized
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Some environmentalists say Ohio is backsliding on requirements for modernizing coal-fired power plants and other major air pollution sources by following the lead of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/15)


Poor planning for Lake Ontario ferry project
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Critics point to many examples of poor planning for the Lake Ontario ferry connecting Rochester and Toronto, beginning with an unrealistic business proposal. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/14)


Regional steel mills stare down challenges
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Though the huge steel mills along Lake Michigan's shoreline may be industry fossils, their extinction seems unlikely as they bellow steel, snarl at their competition and roar their profits. Source: The Northwest Indiana Times (11/14)


Scientists eager to study area wolf population
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A confirmed sighting of a wolf in northern Michigan last month - the first such documented find in nearly a century - has biologists, researchers and environmentalists excited to learn how many of the predators roam the wooded expanses south of the Mackinac Bridge. Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle (11/14)


Port officials to discuss Lake Erie ferry idea
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Cleveland port officials have turned their attention to Canadian requirements for a proposed Lake Erie ferry service linking Cleveland and Port Stanley, Ontario. Source: The Plain Dealer (11/13)


Group wants more walleye to help control goby population in Muskegon Lake
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A west Michigan Eagles Club wants to help control an exploding goby population by stocking Muskegon Lake with more walleye, which eat the invasive exotic fish. Source: Detroit Free Press (11/13)


Plan to limit water exports from Great Lakes debated
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The only consensus that seems to have emerged about a proposed set of agreements written to keep Great Lakes water from leaving the region is that the status quo is unacceptable. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/13)


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Won't sign Great Lakes water deal, Ontario says
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The Ontario government has refused to sign draft agreements that seek to limit diversions of Great Lakes water, insisting the proposed deals are not strong enough to prevent water from being siphoned out. Source: The Globe and Mail (11/16)


Enwave puts a chill on towering costs
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The company that is using Lake Ontario water to cool downtown Toronto now hopes to use the steam it generates for heating to create electricity as well. Source: The Globe and Mail (11/16)


Frank Lloyd Wright home demolished
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Fallingwater it was not. But preservationists are decrying the destruction last week of a deteriorating Frank Lloyd Wright beach house south of New Buffalo, Mich. Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press (11/16)


Michigan gets terror fight technology
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Port Huron is one of three U.S. border crossings that are testing a new high-tech system designed to make the border more secure, though critics say the $700 million program is too expensive and will only create long lines. Source: The Detroit News (11/16)


Mining vs. old-growth forests
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Environmentalists say an old-growth forest in Ohio is threatened by a proposed coal mine that would cause the land to sink above it. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/15)


Landscaped roofs have Chicago mayor seeing green
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Europe's green roofs have long provided environmental, aesthetic, and economic benefits. Now Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has begun a green roof initiative here. Source: National Geographic (11/15)


Ferry's triumphs lighten up the gloom
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Supporters of the Lake Ontario high-speed ferry are focusing on the venture's successful aspects that they say prove a Rochester-to-Toronto ferry is a viable business that will prosper one day. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/14)


Tugboat auction draws no bidders
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Officials are pondering their options after no bidders emerged for the tugboat Lake Superior, a floating tourist attraction in Duluth since 1996, which went on the auction block last week. Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press (11/14)


COMMENTARY: Power plant's a win for economy, ecology
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Score a double win for the Wisconsin economy and environment in the groundbreaking for a new high-efficiency coal-fired power plant in Weston. Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (11/14)


Lakefront proposal gets mixed reaction
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Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell's lakefront plan, while drawing praise, has also sparked small fires of contention regarding the overlay of development that might alter the shore and inland neighborhoods over the next 50 years. Source: The Plain Dealer (11/13)


EDITORIAL: Wind power could help to energize Ohio's economy
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Anyone who has ever walked across campus at Bowling Green State University, stood on a Lake Erie beach on a windy day in Ottawa County, or watched farm equipment create clouds of dust knows the power of wind in northwest Ohio. Source: Port Clinton News Herald (11/12)


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Waukegan Harbor cleanup to clear way for renewal
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A $27 million cleanup is scheduled to start this week near Waukegan Harbor,
where 36 acres are contaminated with dangerous chemical waste. Source:
Chicago Tribune (11/17)


Settlement salvages taxes for Iron Range
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Minnesota and the creditors of bankrupt National Steel Corp. reached a
settlement that salvages about $10 million in past-due taxes for economic
development and property-tax relief on the Iron Range. Source: St. Paul
Pioneer Press (11/17)


Expansion of bird sanctuary draws opposition
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Some environmentalists and bird-watchers are worried that plans to expand
trails at the Hammond Bird Sanctuary on Lake Michigan's shoreline will
disturb resident and migratory birds. Source: Merrillville Post-Tribune
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EDITORIAL: Public should attend meeting on St. Clair's River spills
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Source: The Port Huron Times-Herald (11/17)


2 more turbines sprout at Ohio wind farm
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Two of the four new wind turbines near Bowling Green, expected to generate
7.2 megawatts of electricity when all are online, will be dedicated at 10
a.m. Friday at the Ohio wind farm. Source: The Toledo Blade (11/17)


EDITORIAL: Great Lakes are facing gravest challenges ever
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A strong case can now be made for increased efforts to rescue the Great
Lakes -- perhaps the nation's greatest natural resource as well as a source
of clean water for tens of millions -- which is literally under assault by a
host of foreign invaders. Source: Muskegon Chronicle (11/16)


EPA to take lead roll in Bay Harbor cleanup
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Believing that seepage of caustic waste along the Little Traverse Bay
shoreline at Bay Harbor poses threats to human health and aquatic life, the
U.S. EPA plans to lead the response to the situation. Source: Petoskey
News-Review (11/16)


Coast Guard moorings overhaul set for Cheboygan River
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A major overhaul of the Coast Guard moorings on the Cheboygan River will
begin this spring in preparation for the arrival of the new U.S. Coast Guard
cutter Mackinaw, due to homeport in Cheboygan in October. Source: Cheboygan
Daily Tribune (11/16)


EDITORIAL: A practical pollution solution
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The new St. Catharines Hydro Generation facility in Port Weller uses
methane, a byproduct of water treatment, to heat water for electricity
generation. Source: The St. Catharines Standard (11/16)


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Major dock corrosion stumps officials
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After noting that corrosion is eating away at the steel walls holding
Duluth's port together, other port officials are being encouraged to examine
their own underwater steel. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium (11/1)


Outdoor lab forecasts global warming effects
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Scientists from around the world are studying how higher levels of carbon
dioxide will affect forests by pumping higher levels of CO2 and ozone into
stands of trees in the Wisconsin northwoods. Source: Great Lakes Radio
Consortium (11/1)


U.S.-Canada trade tiff not making the news
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The dispute between Canada and the U.S. over shipping fees on the Great
Lakes is being resolved behind closed doors. Source: National Post (11/1)


What happened to our ferry money?
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As the Spirit of Ontario sits in the cold Genesee River, hopes are rising
that the popular high-speed ferry will once again ply Lake Ontario to
Toronto. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/1)


Standoff over dioxin drags past deadline
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A Halloween deadline set by Michigan regulators to reach agreement with Dow
Chemical Co. on how to address dioxin contamination along at least 22 miles
of Tittabawassee River floodplain has passed without resolution. Source:
Detroit Free Press (11/1)


St. Clair watershed plans start taking shape
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Creeping across waterways and educating classrooms of students, St. Clair
County Health Department workers are plowing through Michigan requirements
to clean up area watersheds. Source: The Port Huron Times-Herald (11/1)


EDITORIAL: Waterway wait
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Year after year, western New York waits for the public-private initiative
that will help Erie Canal communities capitalize on the waterway's beauty,
history and recreational utility. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
(11/1)


Predator fish's origin a mystery
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A dissection of the northern snakehead scooped out Burnham Harbor this month
has failed to solve the mystery of how the dreaded predator ended up in Lake
Michigan. Source: Chicago Tribune (10/31)


Study highlights impact of steelheading
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According to a recent Pennsylvania study, the economic impact on Erie County
of fishing trips totals about $9.5 million a year, with much of the growth
attributable to the growing popularity of the area's steelheading. Source:
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (10/31)


Cleanup nears end after 2001 CSX spill
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Nearly three years after a scorching train wreck spilled thousands of
gallons of solvents into the Genessee River, the final step of the cleanup
could come as early as next week. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
(10/30)


Money's there, but seller isn't for island preservation
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A million dollars in federal money are available to help purchase and
preserve 350 acres of wetlands and uplands on Wisconsin's Clough Island,
though a willing seller has not yet been found. Source: Duluth News Tribune
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Troy plans mass ash tree removal
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The city of Troy, Michigan, will spend more than $1.5 million to chop down
more than 30,000 ash trees in an effort to stem the spread of the emerald
ash borer. Source: The Detroit News (11/2)


Startup firm has sights on lake hovercraft service
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A startup company wants to establish a hovercraft service among Canadian
cities on Lake Ontario and has an eye on Rochester if the high-speed ferry
doesn't resume operations. Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/2)


Frankenfish going on display at Field Museum
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Chicago's Field Museum will put the monster -- a northern snakehead caught
in Lake Michigan last month -- on display this weekend. Source: Chicago
Sun-Times (11/2)


UMD scientists turn farmland into wetlands
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A University of Minnesota-Duluth wetlands restoration project is the first
in the United States to provide a mix of wooded swamp and peat bog. Source:
Duluth News Tribune (11/2)


New rules start, but trash from Canada still coming
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Toronto trash is flowing unfettered into Michigan even after new laws
cracking down on imported garbage took effect Monday. Source: Detroit Free
Press (11/2)


Bird population on the decline
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A new report warns that nearly a third of North America's bird species are
in trouble, with habitat loss to blame. Source: Great Lakes Radio Consortium
(11/1)


Alternative energy may bring jobs
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One of northwest Ohio's best markets for job creation could be in
alternative energy production, according to a consensus of university and
business leaders attending a conference on the subject last week. Source:
The Toledo Blade (10/30)


Rural residents debate whether pastoral scenes worth tax increase
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During today's election, voters in five adjacent townships will decide
whether to raise property taxes to fund a program designed to stem farmland
loss near Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. Source: Detroit Free Press (10/29)


Ontario to curb urban sprawl
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Under new plans to control urban sprawl, residents of the greater Toronto
area are expected to find it increasingly difficult to obtain single-family
homes and turn instead to condominiums and townhouses. Source: The Globe and
Mail (10/29)


Annual rite of autumn makes spring boating smooth sailing
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A few walleye still are being caught along the Lake Erie shoreline and the
perch will bite for a while, but boat owners are moving to get their vessels
ready for winter. Source: The Plain Dealer (10/28)


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Gas terminal supporters want mediator
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Business leaders in Quebec City and Levis are appealing to the province to
appoint a mediator to get a stalled liquid natural gas project on the St.
Lawrence River going again. Source: CBC News (11/3)


Toledo Port levy renewed for 5 years
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Voters approved a Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority levy renewal yesterday
that will provide about $2.5 million a year for job creation programs and
for improvements at Toledo's port and other transportation hubs. Source:
The Toledo Blade (11/3)

Daniels vows changes to government, economy
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Mitch Daniels, who left the White House 17 months ago to wander Indiana with
a promise of change, toppled Gov. Joe Kernan on Tuesday, ending 16 years of
Democratic control of the state's highest office. Source: The Indianapolis
Star (11/3)

Pictured Rocks: Park boating restrictions eased
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Rangers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore have backed off some boating
restrictions initially proposed in the park's new management plan. Source:
The Mining Journal (11/2)

Proposed new water regulations in Ontario too expensive
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The provincial government's proposed drinking water regulations aren't quite
perfect, if a recent round of public consultations on the matter are any
indication. Source: The Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal (11/2)

Walleye management not just stocking
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Though many anglers take for granted the behind-the-scenes work done by
fisheries personnel, chances are when a walleye is caught its existence was
somehow influenced by resource management programs. Source: The Indiana
Gazette (11/2)

High-speed ferry going nowhere
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For almost two months, the $42 million ferry has been docked at the Port of
Rochester, and the Spirit of Ontario looks to be going nowhere fast.
Source: CNN.com (11/2)

Grants to help preserve land
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Efforts to preserve land in Wisconsin's Door County got a boost from the
federal government, including $1 million for wetlands on Clough Island in
the St. Louis River near Superior. Source: Duluth News Tribune (10/31)

River study focuses on Pine, Chippewa Rivers
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Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality is studying the Pine River
downstream from the former Velsicol Chemical Co. plant in St. Louis to
determine if enough contamination exists to warrant remediation. Source:
The Saginaw News (10/31)

Wind energy firms looking at Michigan's Thumb
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As many as six companies are interested in constructing windmills in
Michigan's Huron County, where newly developed wind maps show average winds
are strong enough to provide renewable energy to the region's power grid.
Source: The Bay City Times (10/30)


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