Federal budget proposal dredges up fight for Sea Grant

A coastal protection program that generated an estimated $86.9 million in economic impact across six Great Lakes offices in 2016 has again been zeroed out in the federal budget proposal after strong lawmaker support successfully restored funding to the program for 2018.

Piping plovers return to Lake Erie

A single pair of the shorebirds nested along the lake last summer for the first time in 60 years. They’re an encouragement to the wildlife managers who are reclaiming the plover’s old habitat.