Latest Lakes News

Asian carp DNA found in Chicago area near Lake Michigan

May. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say genetic material from Asian carp has been detected near Lake Michigan, but a follow-up search turned up none of the invasive fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service posted results last week from sampling conducted in the Chicago Area Waterway System in early April. Most of the...

High water in Great Lakes spells trouble for endangered bird

May. 15, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — High water in the Great Lakes may spell trouble for the piping plover, an endangered bird that builds its nests on shorelines. Water levels have surged in recent years as the lakes bounced back from record-setting lows. Vincent Cavalieri of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says...

A rising Lake Erie closes streets, ferry, leaves debris

May. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Floodwaters spilling over western Lake Erie's shoreline have swamped streets, shut down ferries and left behind dangerous debris during the past month. Now residents are bracing for more problems. All the Great Lakes have been rising for several years and now are seeing an...

App will ease boater border crossing on Lake Memphremagog

May. 13, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A new app is expected to make it easier for boaters who wish to cross the U.S.-Canadian border on Lake Memphremagog in northern Vermont and southern Quebec. The Caledonian Record reports Tod Phillabaum, supervisor for the area U.S. Customs and Border Protection, unveiled the new...

Port of Cleveland plans new US Customs facility for cruises

May. 12, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Port Cleveland is planning to develop a more permanent U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility to process cruise passengers disembarking in the city on Lake Erie. The Cleveland port is planning to spend $600,000 to develop the facility for an increasing number of Great Lakes cruise...

APNewsBreak: New Mexico wants lake on Air Force base closed

May. 9, 2019 11:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top prosecutor is demanding that the U.S. Air Force close a publicly accessible lake at Holloman Air Force Base, saying Thursday the concentration of hazardous chemicals at the site poses a risk to public health and the environment. In a letter obtained by The...

The Latest: Fear of flooding grows in Houston area

May. 9, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on storms and flooding in the Midwest and Deep South (all times local): 9 p.m. Fear of flooding is increasing in the Houston area as steady downpours are overwhelming some roadside storm drains. According to the Harris County Flood Warning System website , almost 5 inches...

The Latest: New Mexico warns no swimming in Air Force lake

May. 9, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on contamination at U.S. Air Force bases in New Mexico (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The New Mexico Department of Health is warning people not to swim in or drink from Lake Holloman in southern New Mexico. State officials say recent sampling showed high levels of...

Lawmakers seek update of Great Lakes disaster maps

May. 7, 2019 7:36 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress want to modernize computer maps that assess which natural resources and infrastructure in the Great Lakes region are most vulnerable to disasters. Environmental Sensitivity Index maps are developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They...

Great Lakes water levels surge, some record highs predicted

May. 6, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer, forecasters said Monday — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that's bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners, but causing flooding and heavy erosion in some...