Muskegon and White lakes reach cleanup milestones

Cleanup efforts at two Michigan Areas of Concern, Muskegon Lake and White Lake, have reached important milestones, according to the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency on Feb. 26 lifted Beneficial Use Impairments on both lakes pertaining to fish consumption, allowing local residents and anglers to fish these lakes with fewer restrictions. Recent studies by Grand Valley State University on the lakes revealed that fish there did not possess higher concentrations of PCBs or mercury than fish in lakes that were not listed as Areas of Concern. Both lakes remain subject to the same fish consumption advisories as the other lakes in the area.

The Grand Calumet’s road to recovery

Great Lakes Echo looked at the toxic brew that Indiana’s Grand Calumet River carries to Lake Michigan yesterday.

Today: A look at the multi-million dollar investment in its recovery.

It’s an investment not only in the river but in the near shore ecosystem of Lake Michigan.

Grand Calumet River delivers toxic load to Lake Michigan

Here’s a look at the toxic brew Indiana’s Grand Calumet River carries to Lake Michigan. Municipal and industrial effluent make up 90 percent of the river’s flow. But there’s hope for what is one of the nation’s most polluted rivers.

Canada leads U.S., 3-1, on Great Lakes pollution hot spot cleanups

The rise of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in the U.S. has begged the question: what is Canada doing to restore its 2,904 miles (4,797 counting islands) of Great Lakes shoreline? The Toronto Star, Canada’s biggest newspaper, asked that of its own government in a February editorial responding to the states’ $2.2 billion Great Lakes plan:

“So, where is Canada’s plan?” they ask. “Troublingly, it seems our federal government is not nearly as concerned about the health of the lakes.” But, sweeping strategic plans aside, Canada actually leads the U.S. on Great Lakes restoration in at least one measure.

Great Lakes toxic hot spots could get restoration boost from GLRI

Editors note: Congress is considering a $475 million appropriation for Great Lakes cleanup. This story is part of an occasional look at proposals for spending it. Weigh in on this and other ideas on Echo’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative forum. Other stories. By Andrew McGlashen
Great Lakes Echo
July 31, 2009
A plan to spend $147 million to restore Great Lakes toxic hotspots is inspiring cautious optimism among those involved in a long and often frustrating cleanup process.