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Lake Erie shore line in Sandusky, Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Environmental advocates are warning Ohioans that the state’s land, air and water are all at risk if the proposed cuts to the U.S. EPA are implemented.

A plan working its way through Congress could cut the U.S. EPA by 8 percent. Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Moms Clean Air Force, say this poses a threat to Ohio’s most valuable resources, such as Lake Erie.

Tim Durbavetz / ideastream

Gov. John Kasich chose a deck at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland to sign a new bill aimed at protecting Lake Erie. Senate Bill 2 will expand the power of the Ohio EPA, but it’s also aimed at helping businesses.

According to the Ohio EPA, 90% of Ohio’s historic wetlands have been destroyed.  New research from the University of Waterloo in Canada shows wetlands play a bigger role than we thought in protecting water from harmful fertilizer nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen.

Wetlands have several roles –they provide wildlife habitat, they hold water and reduce flooding, and they help filter nutrients in water running off the landscape.

There’s more than just fish and sand in the Great Lakes.   According to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Michigan, there are over 6,000 shipwrecks in the lakes – and an estimated 30,000 lives lost.


Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late Tuesday to fully fund the program through September 2018.

The vote marks an important step toward securing funding for the Great Lakes cleanup program in the federal budget for the next fiscal year.


Sam Hendren

​As scientists forecast a significant algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer, environmental groups are calling for tougher government policies to reduce pollution from farms.

Elizabeth Miller / Ideastream

Congress has taken its first step to ensure that Great Lakes restoration continues in 2018 – contrary to President Trump's budget plan.

It’s easier to get to Sheila Consaul’s summer home by boat than by foot.  It sits at the edge of an Ohio state park 30 miles east of Cleveland.

“Unless you have a boat, the only way to get here is to park in Mentor Headlands Beach parking lot, walk out through the dunes area to the beach itself, walk along the beach, and then you have to get up on the breakwall,” she says.

  

When you think of a summer home, you probably think of a big house right on the beach, overlooking the ocean. But some people dream of a less conventional place to spend the summer…like a Lake Erie lighthouse.

Here's more about our visit to Sheila Consaul's lighthouse. 

Port of Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland Partnership is urging Governor John Kasich to sign a water quality bill sent to him last week.

Historically high water levels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are presenting the shipping industry with both challenges and opportunities. 


A new report on the health of the Great Lakes is out this week, and it shows a grim outlook for Lake Erie.


Part 3 in a series about President Trump's budget 

A lot of attention has focused on President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which doles out $300 million a year for various projects. But his "skinny budget" has other cuts -- including the National Sea Grant program -- that would affect the region.


Imagine one of the Great Lakes on a sunny day – the water is clear and kids are playing in it.  But the day after a big storm, that same lake can reek of raw sewage.

It’s caused by a combined sewer overflow – a common problem in over 700 cities and towns nationwide.   Some cities are finding a solution underground.

Lake Erie shore line in Sandusky, Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sifting through President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which has gotten a lot of heat from Democrats. There’s one issue that has riled up some of Ohio’s leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Lake Erie shore line in Sandusky, Ohio.
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are sifting through President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, which has gotten a lot of heat from Democrats. There’s one issue that has riled up some of Ohio’s leaders on both sides of the aisle.

Ohio Has Impaired Waters. But Lake Erie Isn't On The List

May 23, 2017
Elizabeth Miller / Ideastream

The U.S. EPA has approved Ohio’s list of impaired waters, a disappointment to environmental groups that filed a lawsuit against the agency last month.

The 2014 cyanobacteria bloom that shut down Toledo’s water supply drew national attention. But algae blooms in Lake Erie have been a problem for years. In fact, as seen in this October 9, 2011 satellite photo, you can often see them from space.
NOAA

The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan today. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes. But that isn’t the only environmental program targeted.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory / Flickr

Several environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the agency isn't doing enough to protect Lake Erie from toxic algae.

Hackathon aims to clean up Lake Erie

Apr 10, 2017

Pollution and other problems plague areas all over the Great Lakes region. And they can make drinking or swimming dangerous.  There’s plenty of blame to go around for this – city water utilities, agriculture, and politicians to name a few.

Now an unlikely industry has joined the search for solutions -- technology is taking on Lake Erie.

“Hackathons” are widespread throughout the world -- weekend-long events aimed at solving a problem with technology and new software.  Teams form, develop an idea, and present it all in a couple of days.

The lighthouse on Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio at sunset.
Rona Proudfoot / Flickr Creative Commons

The outline of President Trump’s 2018 budget is out – and it eliminates the $300 million in annual funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which finances environmental projects all over the region.

Ohio environmental advocates say Lake Erie would be hurt by  President Donald Trump’s proposed deep budget cuts to the U.S. EPA, and that damage would hurt the state’s economy.

Lake Erie
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Ohio's government agencies will spend the next year looking closely at hotspots that are contributing to Lake Erie's algae blooms and developing a monitoring network.

The Ohio EPA has released its framework for reducing phosphorus levels in western Lake Erie under the under the state’s agreement with Michigan and Ontario, Canada.  It has been rolled out one year ahead of the deadline set by the U.S. EPA and Canada.

Sam Hendren

Ohioans on Capitol Hill in Washington are asking the incoming administration to keep up with efforts aimed at improving Lake Erie.

City of Cleveland

The search for human remains from a Columbus-bound plane that crashed into Lake Erie last month has ended, even though DNA testing has identified only three of the six people killed.

Rob Portman speaking
Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons

The Republican U.S. Senator from Ohio says he’s already talked to President Elect Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, who's controversial to some activists.

Lake Erie
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Congresswomen from Ohio and Michigan are urging federal officials to designate western Lake Erie as an impaired waterway because of the harmful algae that is hurting the lake.

NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory / Flickr

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this year’s algal bloom in western Lake Erie should be less severe than last year.

Sam Hendren / 89.7 NPR News

Warm weather means cities along Lake Erie are bracing for algae. The toxic blooms threaten drinking water supplies and have been directly linked to farm fertilizer runoff. Agricultural experts are working to limit fertilizer in the Lake Eric watershed.

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