Latest Lakes News

Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

11 more endangered whooping cranes in southwest Louisiana

Nov. 14, 2019 6:11 PM EST

Eleven young endangered whooping cranes are in southwest Louisiana, being prepared to join 69 adults in the wild. The juveniles will spend about two weeks in a net-covered pen at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area near Gueydan. Whooping cranes are among the world's largest and rarest birds. The 850 or so...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Supreme Court hears arguments on changing lake’s name

Nov. 14, 2019 7:44 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The battle over the name of a popular Minneapolis lake has landed before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Justices heard arguments Wednesday on whether the state Department of Natural Resources has the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska...

Part of St. Croix River makes Minnesota impaired waters list

Nov. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A scenic stretch of the St. Croix River was one of 581 waterways Minnesota has added to its list of waters that don’t meet state pollution standards, according to a report released Wednesday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added the lakes, rivers and streams to its draft...

Northwest Indiana mayor says lake waters threaten pavilion

Nov. 13, 2019 11:34 AM EST

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A Northwest Indiana mayor said his police and fire departments want to close a city-managed lakefront pavilion that many people use to enter Indiana Dunes National Park. Portage Mayor John Cannon said the rising waters of Lake Michigan threaten the $17 million Lakefront Park and...

New snowmobile rules divide Lake Tahoe outdoor enthusiasts

Nov. 13, 2019 12:04 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Winter recreationists at Lake Tahoe are lining up on opposite sides of Forest Service plans that would close some areas to snowmobiles while opening others currently off limits to motorized use. "We have different users here that have different ideas about what their optimal recreation...

Louisiana building 4 new artificial reefs

Nov. 12, 2019 4:44 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are creating four artificial reefs in Lake Borgne and the Mississippi Sound. Spokesman Rene LeBreton says contractors have put down a total of 880 tons (800 metric tons) of limestone. Next,...

Names of 2 friends who died in boating collision released

Nov. 12, 2019 12:35 PM EST

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities released the names Tuesday of two friends who died after their boats collided on Lake Winnipesaukee. The state police Marine Patrol said initial reports indicated that a 20-foot boat had possibly struck bottom near Bear Island on Saturday night. First...

Report shows mixed results on Great Lakes lamprey control

Nov. 12, 2019 12:17 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Officials say populations of fish-killing sea lamprey remain at near-historic lows in Lakes Michigan and Ontario but are above target levels in Lakes Huron, Superior and Erie. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission issued a progress report Tuesday on containing the parasitic lampreys,...