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2008-08-06 18:00:33

By Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Aug. 6--Three Wisconsin utilities and two environmental groups have agreed to a $105 million settlement designed to improve water quality in Lake Michigan and move the state toward increasing its supplies of renewable energy. Under the settlement, We Energies (WEC) of Milwaukee has also agreed to shut down by 2012 two older boilers at its Presque Isle coal-fired power plant in Marquette, Mich., and committed to build a 50-megawatt...

2008-08-06 15:00:27

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Mark Redsten, Executive Director of Clean Wisconsin, +1- 608-251-7020 ext. 12, +1-608-212-7093 (Cell) Settlement will fund Lake Michigan Protection Projects for 25 Years and Address Global Warming OAK CREEK, Wis., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The three year legal battle over the water intake structure at the Elm Road Generating Station (ERGS) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, ended late last week with a settlement agreement that will provide $100 million for...

2008-08-04 21:00:14

By Anna Kurth, The Daily Telegram, Superior, Wis. Aug. 4--The St. Louis River Citizens Action Committee hosts a series of four public meetings this August to inform residents about plans to delist the river as an area of concern. The St. Louis River was identified as one of 43 areas of concern on the Great Lakes in the mid-1980s because pollution impaired the waters. The St. Louis River has nine listed impairments including degradations to fish, wildlife and lake dwelling macro...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis. _ This place should be an underwater desert. But as the trio of researchers wearing scuba tanks and lead weights drops through the water, the landscape of rounded stones 30 feet below is disturbingly full of strange, new life. In just a few years, the gravel and white boulders that for centuries covered the bottom of Lake Michigan between Chicago and the Door County peninsula have disappeared under a carpet of mussels and primitive plant life. The change is not...

2008-07-30 09:00:45

By James Janega, Chicago Tribune Jul. 30--OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis. -- OFF ATWATER BEACH, Wis. -- This place should be an underwater desert. But as the three researchers wearing scuba tanks and lead weights drop through the water, the landscape of rounded stones 30 feet below is disturbingly full of strange, new life. In just a few years, the gravel and white boulders that for centuries covered the bottom of Lake Michigan between Chicago and the Door County, Wis., peninsula have...

2008-07-24 15:00:39

By CRAIG GILBERT Washington -- The Great Lakes Compact, a politically painstaking effort to protect lake water from being diverted to distant regions, will be ratified by Congress this year or next, its supporters predicted Wednesday. The compact would provide "unprecedented protections" against water diversions, said Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, who joined federal lawmakers of both parties at a news conference Wednesday to mark the measure's introduction. The lawmakers said they knew of...

2008-07-23 18:00:30

By Sheri McWhirter, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich. Jul. 23--CHARLEVOIX -- Boats, music and community events return to downtown Charlevoix this week for the 78th annual Venetian Festival. Sandra and Darrell Ashby, of Ontario, strolled through East Park on Tuesday morning and made plans to soak up festival activities before they splash their yacht back out into Lake Michigan this weekend. "Our boys are looking forward to the midway rides," Sandra Ashby said, while her husband is...

2008-07-16 15:00:00

By SHARIF DURHAMS Trash from Wisconsin started piling on Michigan beaches Monday. Officials in Manistee, Mich., had to close public beaches that were strewn with plastic wristbands used to sell beer at outdoor festivals, pill bottles and plastic needle covers. The trash is scattered across 10 miles of the lakeshore, Coast Guard officials said. Some of it included labels with names of Wisconsin companies and addresses of Wisconsin residents. On Tuesday, the trash struck again, this...

2008-07-16 03:00:29

By Sharif Durhams, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 16--Trash from Wisconsin started piling on Michigan beaches Monday. Officials in Manistee, Mich., had to close public beaches that were strewn with plastic wristbands used to sell beer at outdoor festivals, pill bottles and plastic needle covers. The trash is scattered across 10 miles of the lakeshore, Coast Guard officials said. Some of it included labels with names of Wisconsin companies and addresses of Wisconsin residents. On...

2008-07-02 18:00:16

By Chicago Tribune Jul. 2--The Chicago Park District issued a swim ban Wednesday afternoon in response to a National Weather Service seiche warning, officials said. The warning was issued after a massive storm front currently over the lower peninsula of Michigan crossed Lake Michigan in the early afternoon Wednesday and piled the water toward the Michigan shore as it traveled east. Water flooded the harbor in St. Joseph, Mich., and crept more than 15 feet across the sand there, said...