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What's New
Grand Calumet River sees results of cleanup
The Times (10/27)
East Chicago City Planner Richard Morrisroe's son once thought if he fell out of a canoe on the Grand Calumet River, he'd be a goner. Now, he can envision future generations canoeing on the river without fear thanks to a multi-agency remediation project decades in the making.

Sewer overflows during storm hit 10 billion gallons
Detroit Free Press (10/26)
Almost 10 billion gallons of sewer overflows poured into southeast Michigan's waters in historic August flooding.

Army Corps project will turn pond near Squaw Island, N.Y. into vibrant wetlands
The Buffalo News (10/26)
A stagnant pond near Buffalo's Squaw Island will be refurbished with dredged sediment from the Buffalo River.

New river reefs built to encourage fish spawning
Capital News Service (10/24)
Whitefish, lake sturgeon and walleye will soon have a new place to breed. A team from Michigan Sea Grant and its research and industry partners is currently laying rock for a new spawning habitat at Harts Light in the St. Clair River.

More than $500,000 in grants lined up to remove trashed rack, restore Doan Brook gorge
The Plain Dealer (10/21)
The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership of Shaker Heights, Ohio, has amassed grants totaling $540,000 to remove a failing debris rack so backed up that the stream now channels its way around it.

Newest DNR poster tells of Calumet rivers
The Northwest Indiana Times (10/20)
The latest in a series of Indiana Department of Natural Resources posters celebrates both the Grand and Little Calumet rivers.

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General Resources
Canada's Aquatic Environments: Habitats
University of Guelph
Includes more than 9,000 pages of information on aquatic animals and habitats.

Conservation 2000: Illinois Clean Lakes Program
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
This program focuses on comprehensive lake management for the state's 3,000 inland lakes and 84,000 ponds.

Green Bay Mass Balance Study
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO)
Conducted in 1989-90 to pilot the technique of mass balance analysis in understanding the sources and effects of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes' food chain.

Illinois Lakes and Reservoirs
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
The uses of Illinois lakes are varied, from water supply and recreation to flood control and cooling water, with most large reservoirs providing at least three of the four.

Illinois Streams and Rivers
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
By any measure, Illinois is a water-rich state, and most of those riches flow through its streams and rivers. Illinois' 10 river basins are drained by more than 26,000 miles of flowing waters.

Lake Superior - Duluth Streams
U.S. EPA/NOAA
This project's primary goal is to enhance public understanding of aquatic ecosystems, the influence of land uses in the watershed and these systems, and the importance of these systems to both economic and environmental sustainability.

Lake Winnebago Facts Book (Wisconsin)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District
This site provides basic information on Lake Winnebago and the Fox-Wolf River drainage basin.

LakeNet
A global network of individuals and organizations working to promote the conservation and sustainable management of lakes around the world. Includes a searchable database with information about more than 1,000 individual lakes.

Lakes in Canada
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web

Minnesota Shoreline Management Resource Guide
This guide provides easy access to information about sustainable shoreland practices to improve management of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Provides information on the state's scenic rivers, including photos and descriptions of the rivers, the birds and fish that live there, plus the Scenic River License Plate program.

Rivers in Canada
Environment Canada's Freshwater Web

St. Lawrence Centre
As the only federal research and development center devoted entirely to the river ecosystem, the St. Lawrence Centre conducts research programs aimed at studying the various ecosystems and keeping the knowledge base about the river up to date.

Visualization of Drifting Buoy Deployments on St. Clair River
USGS Surface-water quality and flow Modeling Interest Group
In October 2000, drifting buoys were deployed to help investigate flow characteristics near public water intakes in 10 reaches of the St. Clair River, a connecting channel of the Great Lakes between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.

Watersheds.TV
Pennsylvania GreenWorks

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Text version of Sec. 1271.

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Monitoring
MiCorps: Michigan Clean Water Corps
Michigan DEQ, Great Lakes Commission
The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan, which was created through an executive order by Mich. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data.

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Restoration Efforts
American Heritage Rivers
The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, established by an Executive Order in September 1997, is a program to help communities restore and revitalize waters and waterfronts. Rivers affected in the Great Lakes Region: Cuyahoga, Detroit, Hudson, Potomac, Upper Mississippi, and the Upper Susquehanna and Lackawannna rivers.

Fox River Watch
A project of the Clean Water Action Council of northeastern Wisconsin, this site contains extensive information for the public about PCB contamination of the Fox River and Green Bay, the proposed cleanup, and health effects of exposure to PCBs.

Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers
FMR's mission is to protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors and to advocate for sound land use in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.

Friends of the Chicago River
The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Chicago River for the human, plant, and animal communities within its watershed.

Friends of the Detroit River
Learn about public participation in the stewardship, restoration and preservation of the Detroit River ecosystem. Includes an aerial tour of the river and background on Belle Isle and the Humbug Marsh.

Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative
The Detroit River, part of the connecting channels linking lakes Huron and Erie, is one of 14 U.S. rivers honored with the AHR designation in 1998. The Initiative is a multi-stakeholder process that promotes environmental stewardship, encourages economic development, and celebrates history and culture.

Illinois RiverWatch Network
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
This statewide partnership of organizations and individuals monitors, restores and protects the rivers and streams of Illinois.

River Alliance of Wisconsin
A non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and restoration of the region's rivers and watersheds through selective dam removal, minimizing the impact of hydropower and strengthening grassroots organizations.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Watersheds
GLIN: Groundwater in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Land Conservancies and Stewarships in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Local Planning in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: St. Lawrence River and Seaway
GLIN: Water Quality in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Watersheds in the Great Lakes Region

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