Great Lakes Restoration Initiative EPA Advisory Board

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CHICAGO (May 31, 2012) –  In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an advisory board’s creation. This was to support federal agencies by implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the updated Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The new board, the federal government’s first advisory committee on Great Lakes issues, will provide advice and … Read more

Low Great Lakes Water Levels in 2012

Great Lakes Freighter at St St. Marie

In 2011, the US Army Corps of Engineers were forecasted lower Great Lakes Water Level in 2012 for Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron.

Given the number of raw materials and agriculture affected, the reduced number of shipping days and access to key ports typically cost jobs and impact the United States economy. Each year, the amount of iron ore alone shipped through the Soo Locks is $500.4 billion.

2012 Lake Huron Water Levels Approached Notable Historic Lows

Lake Huron Water Level Graph

The 2012 Lake Huron water levels approached measurements not seen in over 50 years. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reporting water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron are 11 inches below its level of a year ago. Lakes St. Clair, Erie, and Ontario are 11, 13, and 12 inches, respectively, lower than their … Read more

Michigan Hydraulic Fracturing – Deep Impact To Water Source

Oil Well

The local impact on areas with Michigan hydraulic fracturing has been largely stifled across the U.S. mainly because of mineral rights of the land and corporate law over people. Impact of Fracturing on the Great Lakes What happens in Michigan is people own the land but not the rights to the oil & mineral content … Read more