Latest Lakes News

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...

Tens of thousands converge on California 'poppy apocalypse'

Mar. 18, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Like Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz," the Southern California city of Lake Elsinore is being overwhelmed by the power of the poppies. About 150,000 people over the weekend flocked to see this year's rain-fed flaming orange patches of poppies lighting up the hillsides near the...

Wolves prove resilient, but proposal could curtail expansion

Mar. 14, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to strip gray wolves of their remaining federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S. West and Great Lakes, yet the predators already are proving to be resilient in states where hunting and trapping occur. Thursday's Interior...

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...

5 governors oppose Trump plan to cut Great Lakes spending

Mar. 13, 2019 3:02 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump's call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program. The president's 2020 budget offers $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which gets $300 million most years. It removes toxic pollution,...

California agencies at odds over Colorado River drought plan

Mar. 12, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans to keep the...

Russia faces protests over factory on shores of lake Baikal

Mar. 12, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister vowed Tuesday to audit a prospective water bottling plant on the shores of the world's deepest freshwater lake, a listed world heritage site. Asked by a member of a sports team in Siberia for his comment, Dmitry Medvedev told Russian news agencies that he had received...

Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes, other waterways

Mar. 11, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, even though Congress has thwarted his previous attempts, according to budget documents released Monday....

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...