John Flesher, Associated Press Updated 5:10 pm PDT, Thursday, March 28, 2019 FILE - In this July 19, 2002 file photo, the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac is shown from Mackinaw City, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered state departments and agencies to take no further action on legislation enacted in late 2018 authorizing construction of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath lakes Huron and Michigan. On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, deemed unconstitutional a 2018 law that established a panel to oversee construction and operation of an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. less FILE - In this July 19, 2002 file photo, the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac is shown from Mackinaw City, Mich. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered state departments and agencies to ... more Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP … [Read more...] about Michigan governor halts Great Lakes pipeline tunnel project
Leonard N. Fleming The Detroit News Published 6:02 PM EDT Mar 21, 2019 The Great Lakes region is getting warmer faster than the rest of America, resulting in extreme weather patterns, rising lake levels, flooding and the influx of invasive species, according to a study released Thursday. The annual mean air temperature in the region, which includes portions of the U.S. Midwest, Northeast and southern Canada, rose 1.6 degrees from 1901-60 and 1985-2016, according to the report commissioned by the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center. The mean temperature for the remainder of the United States increased 1.2 degrees during the same period, according to "An Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes." The study, produced by 18 scientists mostly from Midwestern universities and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was discussed in an hour-long morning conference call. The region is expected to … [Read more...] about Report: Great Lakes warming faster than rest of U.S.
Associated Press Published 11:58 AM EDT Mar 13, 2019 Lansing – Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump’s call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program. The president’s 2020 budget offers $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which gets $300 million most years. It removes toxic pollution, prevents algae blooms and species invasions, and restores wildlife habitat. The governors said Wednesday the cut would cost jobs, hurt tourism and jeopardize public health. They urged Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, a former Indiana governor, to fully fund the program. Issuing the statement were Democratic Govs. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, along with Republican Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio. The Trump administration has said state and local governments should fund the program. … [Read more...] about 5 governors oppose Trump plan to cut Great Lakes spending
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 1:03 PM EDT Mar 11, 2019 Washington — President Donald Trump's latest budget proposes a 5-percent reduction in non-defense spending, including slashing major domestic programs including a 90-percent cut for a popular Great Lakes cleanup program. Funding for the $300 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative would be cut by $270 million to $30 million under the budget released Monday — identical to Trump's proposal last year. A senior administration official told reporters Monday that regional economic programs "are primarily state and local activities and should be funded as such." In previous years, Congress, which controls spending levels, has restored full funding for the Great Lakes program. The White House budget merely reflects the priorities of the Trump administration. The reduction is part of a 31 percent or $2.8 billion decrease in proposed funding for the U.S. … [Read more...] about Trump budget again slashes aid to Great Lakes cleanup program
The Detroit News Published 6:52 PM EST Dec 31, 2018 Detroit — Lake Superior State now has two things to celebrate while spending its New Year’s Eve in the Motor City. The Lakers will, of course, be enjoying the countdown to midnight, but they’ll also be hitting the town with a shiny piece of hardware after defeating Michigan Tech, 6-3, to earn their first Great Lakes Invitational championship at Little Caesars Arena on Monday. Head coach Damon Whitten, who won four straight GLI championships as a player at Michigan State from 1997-2001, said that the difficulty of doing “something for the first time at Lake State” makes the win a bit more special. “We’ve got five national championships, we’ve got Hobey Baker Award winners, tremendous alumni, history tradition, but this is our first Great Lakes Invitational championship,” he said. Lakers captain Diego Cuglietta, who sent Lake State (11-6-1) to the championship game … [Read more...] about Lake Superior State Lakers beat Michigan Tech Huskies for first Great Lakes Invitational hockey title