Study: Climate Change Hinders Summer Fun On Lake Erie

STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Increased water quality problems tied to global climate change are affecting the way people fish, boat, and swim on Lake Erie, according to a paper published last month in the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration.

Lake Ontario Levels Above Average, But Below 2017 Record Highs

SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – A year ago, Lake Ontario began an unprecedented climb that resulted in record water levels and catastrophic flooding for those on its shoreline. The lake’s levels are currently 16 inches below where they were in May of 2017, but still eight inches above the long-term average.

Congress Continues Funding For Great Lakes

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Key federal funding for the Great Lakes has survived again thanks to Congress. This is the second time President Trump proposed a big cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. And Congress restored it full: $300 million for the 2019 budget year. Since 2009, the initiative has funded thousands of projects that help the Great Lakes by cleaning up pollution, combating invasive species, and protecting wetlands. And it has received support from Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

Residents Along Lake Ontario’s Shoreline Fear More Floods

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Water is being let out of Lake Ontario at record rates, but it’s doing little to relieve high water on the south shore, in New York. Last year, flooding caused millions of dollars in damage to residences and businesses, and in some areas drove people from their homes for months. One neighborhood in Hamlin, New York, was hit particularly hard. Now, residents there say they fear another harsh flood season. Bobby Jones stands on a sandy beach looking out over Lake Ontario.

Record Outflows From Lake Ontario Last Month, But Levels Still Above Average

Regulators are working hard to avoid a repeat of last year’s flooding on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. The International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board, which manages water levels, set a record last month for most water pushed downriver in any month since the dam was built in the 1950s.

Great Lakes Lobbying Campaign Targets Congress

Many advocates for the Great Lakes are in Washington, D.C., this week to push back against President Trump’s proposal to slash funding for the region. They want Congress to continue its bipartisan support on issues such as cleaning up pollution and protecting drinking water.

Pollution Cleanup Moves Ahead On Great Lakes

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Just off Lake Ontario in Irondequoit Bay, Dave Hulburt is doing some work at the BayCreek Paddling Center. The shop is closed in winter, but it’s unusually warm and sunny by the water. A few cars drive by, a flock of geese flies overhead, but other than that it’s quiet on the dock.

Can New York Solve Harmful Algal Blooms?

GREAT LAKES RADIO – In the Great Lakes region, toxic algae blooms are a big problem. Every summer, they leave a green sheen on parts of the Great Lakes – and on many smaller lakes. New York State has a new campaign to find solutions. But some question the approach.

Raising Fish…To Make Booze

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Out on farmland in western New York, near the shore of Lake Erie, is Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing. Here, they make more than just booze. They also raise fish.

‘Cork In A Bottle’: Jammed Ship Blocks Icy Seaway

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Prolonged arctic cold is wreaking havoc on the maritime industry across the Great Lakes. The latest problem: A commercial freighter is stuck in ice in a lock near Massena, N.Y., and it’s preventing the St. Lawrence Seaway from closing for the winter. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

What Will 2018 Bring For The Great Lakes?

GREAT LAKES TODAY – A new year brings new opportunities for recreation and commercial interests along the Great Lakes. It also means seven gubernatorial elections in states that border the lakes, and growing concern over climate change. Great Lakes Today asked environmental groups and others for their thoughts on 2017 — and what’s to come in the new year. One issue stood out: the wide gap between regional interests and the Trump administration. The administration’s threat to cut $300 million in Great Lakes funding was one of the biggest stories of 2017, according to environmental groups.

Who Uses The Great Lakes’ Water?

GREAT LAKES TODAY – The Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River make up the world’s biggest freshwater system — and an enormously valuable resource. It supplies drinking water for millions of residents and powers the region’s economy. Last year, 42 million gallons were withdrawn from the basin each day, according to a new report from the Great Lakes Commission. Here’s where it went.

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Expect Snow, Not Ice On The Great Lakes This Winter

GREAT LAKES TODAY – Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that’s expected to continue this year. One of ice climatologist Jia Wang’s biggest jobs is the annual ice cover prediction for the Great Lakes. He’s with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Michigan, which tracks ice cover throughout the winter. Video: Salt mine lies 1,800 feet below Lake Erie.

Shipwreck Discovered Off Coast Of Lake Ontario

A schooner found in Lake Ontario. photo by: Jim Kennard 

story by VERONICA VOLK
(WXXI) A schooner that sank off the shores of New York in Lake Ontario almost a century and a half ago has been discovered. Underwater explorer Jim Kennard says he and his colleagues Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens were canvassing miles of lake bottom with a remote control video camera when it happened. “All of a sudden you see something and the adrenaline kicks in.” What they found was a mid-nineteenth century Canadian schooner called the Royal Albert.