Weekly News Roundup: Dredging, Pollution Control, and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:


Ohio has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, reports the Columbus Dispatch, claiming that the federal agency should be cover the cost of storing dredged sediment from the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor in containment facilities. The Corps plans to charge Ohio $1.4 million after the state objected to plans to dump the sediment into Lake Erie. Meanwhile, the Plain Dealer reports on progress being made to clean Lake Erie after an unknown oily sludge drained into the lake from Cleveland last week.


Midwest Energy News reports on an agreement between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Power to cut sulfur dioxide emissions at coal-fired plant along Minnesota’s north shore. Under the agreement the utility will update its permit to comply with EPA sulfur emission regulations enacted in 2010.


A newly released report from Grand Valley State University indicates that 1 in every 5 jobs in Michigan is water related, according to WZZM-TV. The researchers believe this report demonstrates the importance of the Great Lakes to Michigan’s economy, and have proposed a “Blue Economy Council” that will be responsible for the continued growth of the “blue economy.”


Environmental groups in northeast Wisconsin have asked the U.S. EPA to investigate the impacts large dairy farms in the area are having on drinking water, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Environmentalists claim that the state DNR is failing to enforce safe manure spreading practices for dairy farms, although the DNR has denied these charges.


WXYZ Detroit reports that the Michigan DNR approved new fishing regulations this Thursday. The new regulations go into effect immediately.

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