Canada’s Enbridge Inc will continue to operate its Line 5 despite an order from the U.S. state of Michigan to shut down the crude oil pipeline next week, Chief Executive Al Monaco said on Friday. Read the full story by Reuters.
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Construction began this week for two of the 11 projects awarded to the Town of Greece, New York, through the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The projects will improve stormwater management. Read the full story by WROC-TV – Rochester, NY.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill Thursday allowing for nearly $38 million in spending on park expansion and improvement projects around Michigan. Read the full story by WJRT-TV – Flint, MI.
A lighthouse restoration project kicked off on Plum Island in northern Door County, Wisconsin. The front range light will receive new paint and foundation repairs, and the watch and lantern rooms of the 65-foot-tall rear range light will get a makeover. Read the full story by the Door County Pulse.
A 7-mile peninsula juts out into Lake Erie from the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, forming a magnificent natural harbor called Presque Isle Bay. Today, two active lighthouses protect the ships plying Lake Erie. The North Pierhead Lighthouse is one of them. Read the full story by the Erie Times-News.
This year’s Peninsula State Park visitors can experience the park’s face lift with new and upgraded amenities, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. Read the full story by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
The U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System received the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2020 navigation season. Read the full story by the Watertown Daily Times.
The National Park Service is inviting public input on a study to determine the feasibility of designating the Finger Lakes region of New York as a national heritage area. Read the full story by The Daily News.
Every year, 22 million pounds of plastic end up in the Great Lakes. This plastic breaks down and slips through water treatment systems, entering our drinking water and the food we eat. Read and listen to the full story by Michigan Radio.
Native American tribes say the risk of an oil spill from the Line 5 oil pipeline poses a “grave threat” to their right to hunt, fish and gather in northern Michigan and the Great Lakes. Tribal nations in Michigan assert that the Straits of Mackinac remain critically important for tribal fishers in the region, connected with cultural and spiritual practices and as a way to pass down teachings through generations.
A bipartisan bill to enhance wildlife protection was introduced in Congress this week. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would provide states, territories and tribes with $1.4 billion annually to protect important species and their associated habitats, and directs the money towards Wildlife Action Plans used by conservation agencies. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.
Local elected officials and a Lake Erie environmental group raised the alarm Wednesday about a burst in new applications to expand or establish new intensive livestock operations on farms in the western Lake Erie watershed. Manure from these operations flows into tributaries and feed harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie. Read the full story by Toledo Blade.