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2009-06-09 06:10:00

CHICAGO, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Friends of the Parks: WHAT: One hundred years after Daniel Burnham first envisioned it, Chicago's entire lakefront would be an unbroken string of public parks, under the Last Four Miles Plan being unveiled at Calumet Park on Tuesday, June 9th. Almost 400 acres of green parkland would be created on former industrial sites on the south side. On the north lakefront nearly 100 acres of new parks and beaches would be...

2009-04-27 12:19:52

Lake Michigan water levels, which dropped to near-record lows in 2008, are up this year because of wetter weather, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The corps said that compared with April 2008 numbers, Lake Michigan water levels have increased by nearly 9 inches, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday. Figures indicate that compared with January 2008, when the lake was at a near-record low, levels have increased by more than 2 feet. Corps meteorologist Keith Kompoltowicz, who is...

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2008-10-19 11:05:00

For a newly hatched striped bass in the Hudson River, a clutch of trout eggs in Lake Michigan or a baby salmon in San Francisco Bay, drifting a little too close to a power plant can mean a quick and turbulent death. Sucked in with enormous volumes of water, battered against the sides of pipes and heated by steam, the small fry of the aquatic world are being sacrificed in large numbers each year to the cooling systems of power plants around the country. Environmentalists say the nation's power...

2008-10-11 15:00:41

By THOMAS CONTENT Making electricity from wind turbines in the middle of Lake Michigan is technologically feasible but would cost up to twice as much as land-based wind farms, a state study released Friday says. The study found there are "significant technological challenges" that would have to be overcome to build wind-power projects in deeper sections of the lake, where wind speeds are greater and more power could be generated. But more research is needed, particularly to get better...

2008-09-26 15:00:24

By DARRYL ENRIQUEZ A new report says Lake Michigan water should flow to the City of Waukesha and eventually supply communities in Ozaukee and Washington counties. The preliminary report from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission bolsters Waukesha's claim that Lake Michigan water is the best and most affordable method of replacing drinking water currently drawn from radium-laced underground sources. Backed by the new report and the likely federal approval of a new...

2008-09-24 15:00:29

By DIANA MARRERO and DAN EGAN Washington -- The House gave final approval Tuesday to an interstate agreement designed to protect the water in the Great Lakes. Passed on a vote of 390-25, the Great Lakes Compact heads to President Bush for his signature -- speedy passage for a plan that seemed as though it was going nowhere just months ago. Bush has said he plans to sign it into law. All eight Wisconsin House members voted for the legislation, which seeks to prevent those outside the...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

By Sean Ryan Unless something unexpected crops up, New Berlin's application to buy Lake Michigan water should gain state approval. "I'm certainly not aware of any new problematic issues," said Todd Ambs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water Division administrator. "But we'll do what they call our due diligence." The DNR last year reviewed a preliminary application about New Berlin's plan to buy an additional 3.6 million gallons of water from Milwaukee a day and found no...

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2008-08-16 18:15:00

Lake Michigan's ecosystem is being threatened by a quick producing, tiny snail. The invasive creature has scientists worrying about the lake's balance. The New Zealand mud snail joins a rapidly growing list of nonnative species moving into the Great Lakes, threatening to disrupt the food chain and change the local environment. The snails reproduce asexually and in large numbers, and have no natural predators in North America, said Kevin Cummings, a scientist who works for the Natural History...

2008-08-09 15:00:23

By ANNYSA JOHNSON Shorewood -- There was a time when Atwater Beach was the center of summer life in this North Shore community. An expansive stretch of sand under a 100-foot bluff, it offered an idyllic spot along Lake Michigan that drew beachgoers from around the Milwaukee area. Declining water quality, an accumulation of stinky algae and the disappearance of lifeguards have diminished Atwater's allure in recent years. But a group of residents -- many of whom moved to Shorewood for its...

2008-08-07 15:00:49

By THOMAS CONTENT After eight years of squabbling and legal battles with utilities, opponents of an Oak Creek power plant reached agreement on a $105 million deal that will provide money to deal with invasive species and other problems in Lake Michigan and expand renewable energy in Wisconsin. The deal also means We Energies won't have to build cooling towers -- which could have cost ratepayers an estimated $300 million to $400 million -- for the coal-fired power plant under construction...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.