Latest Lake Erie News

Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

Mar. 21, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported Thursday. The annual mean air temperature in the...

Fish in river that famously caught fire now OK'd for dinner

Mar. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators say. The easing of fish consumption restrictions on the Cuyahoga was lauded Monday by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine as an...

Ohio governor wants nearly $1B for Lake Erie, waterways

Mar. 14, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine wants to spend nearly $1 billion on water quality projects to clean up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protect other lakes and rivers throughout the state. The money would come out of this year's new state budget, which DeWine will reveal Friday, and all of it would be set...

Dozens rescued after being trapped on Lake Erie ice floe

Mar. 9, 2019 6:45 PM EST

MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen stranded on the floe for three hours more than a mile offshore until emergency crews could rescue them. About 100 of...

Great Lakes see 'superior' ice coverage, but it won't last

Mar. 9, 2019 4:35 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — As ice coverage goes, it's Superior. The Detroit Free Press reports Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes had more than 90 percent coverage in four years. At this time last year, Superior was about half covered, and only 7...

Farmers sue to stop measure giving Lake Erie legal rights

Mar. 2, 2019 4:38 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An unusual ballot measure approved by voters in Ohio's fourth-largest city to give legal rights to Lake Erie is being challenged by farmers in a federal lawsuit that was filed Wednesday. The lawsuit names the city of Toledo, where voters overwhelming approved the Lake Erie Bill of...

High winds cut power, inundate Lake Erie shoreline with ice

Feb. 25, 2019 7:27 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High winds howled through much of the eastern U.S. for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing dramatic mounds of ice onto the shores of Lake Erie. Wind gusts of hurricane force — 74 mph (119 kph) —...

The Latest: Northeast's highest peak records 144 mph gust

Feb. 25, 2019 12:49 PM EST

The Latest on a windstorm affecting the Northeast (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A wind gust of 144 mph (231 kph) has been recorded on the highest peak in the Northeast. The gust at New Hampshire's Mount Washington was clocked during a windstorm that is raking the country from Michigan to New England down to...

High water levels expected in Great Lakes this summer

Feb. 11, 2019 10:59 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes. The Detroit News reports that Lake Superior is unusually high...

Lawsuit seeks action on Lake Erie algae cleanup

Feb. 9, 2019 9:33 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit pushing for more action to prevent the toxic algae blooms that plague Lake Erie's western basin each summer. The lawsuit says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't moving fast enough and must hold Ohio accountable for reducing...