Grant will push conservation of Great Lakes Marquette Mining Journal (9/19) Two agencies have been awarded a grant to develop a strategy to promote the restoration of the Great Lakes through hands-on stewardship and community action.
Wind turbines on the horizon The Sarnia Observer (9/18) Communities considering building wind turbines along Lake Huron are researching the idea by visiting areas that have already benefited from turbines.
Hawk-eyed spotters flock to mass migration The Toronto Star (9/17) Officials counted 24,000 hawks flying past the north shore of Lake Erie as the birds began their annual migration from Ontario to Central America.
Overview The Great Lakes are largely closed basins, so their waters are heavily influenced by interactions at the land-water interface. Consequently, changes in land-use patterns throughout the Great Lakes watershed since the early 1800s have exerted a tremendous effect on the lakes by supplying nutrients, sediments, toxic contaminants and wastes via tributary streams, rivers and estuaries.
This coastal boundary represents not only a geologically, chemically and biologically dynamic environment, it also is the site of some of the most intense economic, social and political pressures within the Great Lakes basin. Throughout the Great Lakes, today's estuarine and coastal environments are often characterized as areas of intense development, urbanization and industrialization; areas of high biological productivity and natural diversity; and areas of high recreational value. Coastal and estuarine ecosystems are thus regions of multiple, and often competing, resource uses.
References: University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, Research in Estuarine & Coastal Processes, 1994-1996
Index of Watershed Indicators U.S. EPA, Surf Your Watershed A compilation of information on the "health" of U.S. rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands and coastal areas.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education and stewardship.
State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) This biennial conference, hosted by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada, provides a forum for exchange of information on the ecological condition of the Great Lakes and surrounding lands. Plenary presentations and proceedings from the previous conferences can be downloaded or viewed online. Register now for SOLEC 2000: "Implementing Great Lakes Indicators," Oct. 17-19 in Hamilton, Ontario.
State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference 2000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Proceedings of the October 2000 conference on Great Lakes ecosystem health as well as the presentations made at the conference and Selection of Indicators for Great Lakes Ecosystem Health.
Shore Protection Coastal Engineering U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District Provides information on low-cost shore protection, Great Lakes erosion and a glossary of terms related to coastal engineering.
Coastal Engineering Advisory Services Program University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute The programs goals are to develop a method for more precise, cost-effective measurement of the areas of contaminated sediment and to provide an improved, more accurate method to evaluate the risk to coastal properties from high water and storms.
Coastal Zone Information Environment Canada Includes Canadian Great Lakes shoreline classification, coastal zone database, water levels information.(Search for "Coastal Zone" information.)
Low-Cost Shore Protection U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District Learn about low-cost methods to protect shoreline from erosion, including vegetation, perched beaches, breakwaters, beach fill and more.
Minnesota Shoreland Management Resource Guide The mission of this online portal is to empower individuals to adopt practices to protect Minnesota's shorelands and waters. The site contains scientific and technical background, quick and easy answers (FAQs), highlights of citizen action, and contact information for Minnesota counties.
The Great Lakes Heritage Coast Project A centerpiece of Ontario's Living Legacy strategy, the Great Lakes Heritage Coast includes all the Ontario coastline of Lake Superior, the north shore of the St. Mary's River, and the coast of Lake Huron to the eastern coast of Georgian Bay: more than 1,800 miles (2,900 km) of spectacular landscapes and shoreline.