Latest Lakes News

$26 million cleanup starting on contaminated Indiana canal

May. 21, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a $26 million cleanup will begin this month of contamination on the Lake George Canal in northwestern Indiana. The EPA says sediment will be dredged in Hammond and East Chicago, Indiana. Work is expected to be completed in 2020. The canal...

Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

May. 20, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of...

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...

Sudanese-American graduates with 5 siblings in attendance

May. 20, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Five siblings gathered in Storm Lake this weekend to watch their youngest brother graduate from high school, decades after their parents emigrated from war-torn Sudan to the United States. Cham Deng received his diploma Sunday from Storm Lake High School with a 3.4 grade point...

Bellingham to remove dam for salmon restoration project

May. 20, 2019 1:57 PM EDT

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A dam that diverts river water to Washington state's Lake Whatcom will be removed next year as part of a project that aims to restore salmon habitat. The Bellingham Herald reported Monday that Bellingham's dam on the Middle Fork Nooksack River has been diverting water since 1962 to...

Rising Lake Ontario levels prompt emergencies along shore

May. 20, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

OLCOTT, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials have declared a state of emergency for the counties along Lake Ontario as water levels continue to rise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday directed state agencies to assist local governments and residents in responding to potential flooding in the coming days and weeks....

Large fire damages Lake Cumberland marina

May. 20, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

MONTICELLO, Ky. (AP) — A large fire has damaged a Lake Cumberland marina in southern Kentucky. News outlets report the fire at Conley Bottom Resort in Monticello started around 2 a.m. Monday. Firefighters say no one was injured. Marina co-owner Freddie Piercy told WKYT-TV that the blaze destroyed the store...

Vermont's largest city to plant 1,500 trees this season

May. 20, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Volunteers in Burlington are hoping to plant 1,500 trees this season throughout Vermont's largest city as a way to restore natural areas and help protect water quality in Lake Champlain. The city will be working with Audubon Vermont, the University of Vermont, and hundreds of...

Sandusky chosen best coastal small town in newspaper survey

May. 20, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city along Lake Erie has been selected as the best coastal small town in America by a USA Today reader's survey featuring 20 coastal towns. The Sandusky Register reports the city was selected for first place by voters nationwide who cast ballots in the USA Today's Readers'...

Spring spawning on Lake Sakakawea confirms healthy fishery

May. 20, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

PARSHALL, N.D. (AP) — It happens every spring but, my oh my, it's definitely not always like this. North Dakota Game and Fish biologists have been conducting their annual spring walleye spawning operations on Lake Sakakawea in recent days and the results have been extremely good, maybe the best ever in the...