What's New on GLIN EPA awards grants to target algal blooms The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the award of 14 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling over $17 million to fund projects that will improve Great Lakes water quality by preventing phosphorus runoff and soil erosion that contribute to algal blooms, and by reducing suspended sediments in Great Lakes tributaries.
In the News Cruise on the Great Lakes, not the high seas Mother Nature Network (3/31) With major lines dominating traditional cruise destinations, smaller players are left to find and exploit the industry's underserved niches. The Great Lakes region is arguably the most promising of these little-sailed places.
USS to idle Minntac plant in June Minneapolis Star Tribune (3/31) An estimated 700 hourly and salaried workers probably will be affected and the plant idling could last four months.
The shutdown is in response to a global pricing slump and a surge in illegally priced imports
Meet one of Canada’s last Great Lakes fishermen Munchies (3/30) As a fisherman, there’s no such thing as a salary. We can bring in as little as 100 pounds or 10,000 pounds of fish or more on any given day since we’re very much controlled by mother nature and the quotas set by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Lake Superior, harbor, southern lakes all losing ice Duluth News Tribune (3/30) On Lake Superior, satellite photos show the eastern half of the lake is still holding ice. But that ice appears to be cracking and pulling away from shore, and Great Lakes freighters haven't reported difficulty traversing the lake as they did last spring.