Success stories: Buffalo River (11/26) An industrialized stretch of the Buffalo River in Buffalo, N.Y., is being transformed into a greenway, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provided most of the funding for the nearly $1 million project. It's another huge step toward restoring a river that caught fire and was declared dead in the 1960s.
Saginaw Bay in focus: Dioxin cleanup set for 2014 in Tittabawassee River MLive (10/24) The U.S. EPA and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are directing and planning a cleanup effort to remove contaminated liquid and sediment from the Tittabawassee River. There are more than 200 chemicals crews are cleaning up or preventing from moving farther down the river or into the floodplains.
Dredging begins on Kalamazoo River (7/31) Enbridge has begun a new round of dredging in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to clean up oil from the company’s July 2010 pipeline spill. The cleanup work is required by EPA’s March 2013 administrative order, which requires Enbridge to complete additional dredging by the end of the year.
Cuyahoga River height surpasses 1913 flood Akron Beacon Journal (7/11) The Cuyahoga River rose to its highest point ever Wednesday in the city — even surpassing the 1913 flood — thanks to the heavy downpour that hit the Akron, Oh., area.
Pet coke piles shrink as storage company awaits permit CBC News (6/26) The last remaining company storing petroleum coke on the banks of the Detroit River says it's making changes to storage methods. The company says it didn't know it needed a permit to store the oil refinery byproduct.
Green Bay Mass Balance Study U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) Conducted in 1989-90 to pilot the technique of mass balance analysis in understanding the sources and effects of toxic pollutants in the Great Lakes' food chain.
Illinois Lakes and Reservoirs Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) The uses of Illinois lakes are varied, from water supply and recreation to flood control and cooling water, with most large reservoirs providing at least three of the four.
Illinois Streams and Rivers Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) By any measure, Illinois is a water-rich state, and most of those riches flow through its streams and rivers. Illinois' 10 river basins are drained by more than 26,000 miles of flowing waters.
Lake Superior - Duluth Streams U.S. EPA/NOAA This project's primary goal is to enhance public understanding of aquatic ecosystems, the influence of land uses in the watershed and these systems, and the importance of these systems to both economic and environmental sustainability.
Lake Winnebago Facts Book (Wisconsin) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District This site provides basic information on Lake Winnebago and the Fox-Wolf River drainage basin.
LakeNet A global network of individuals and organizations working to promote the conservation and sustainable management of lakes around the world. Includes a searchable database with information about more than 1,000 individual lakes.
Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Provides information on the state's scenic rivers, including photos and descriptions of the rivers, the birds and fish that live there, plus the Scenic River License Plate program.
St. Lawrence Centre As the only federal research and development center devoted entirely to the river ecosystem, the St. Lawrence Centre conducts research programs aimed at studying the various ecosystems and keeping the knowledge base about the river up to date.
Visualization of Drifting Buoy Deployments on St. Clair River USGS Surface-water quality and flow Modeling Interest Group In October 2000, drifting buoys were deployed to help investigate flow characteristics near public water intakes in 10 reaches of the St. Clair River, a connecting channel of the Great Lakes between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair.
Monitoring MiCorps: Michigan Clean Water Corps Michigan DEQ, Great Lakes Commission The Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps) is a network of volunteer monitoring programs in Michigan, which was created through an executive order by Mich. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to assist the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in collecting and sharing water quality data.
Restoration Efforts American Heritage Rivers The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, established by an Executive Order in September 1997, is a program to help communities restore and revitalize waters and waterfronts. Rivers affected in the Great Lakes Region: Cuyahoga, Detroit, Hudson, Potomac, Upper Mississippi, and the Upper Susquehanna and Lackawannna rivers.
Fox River Watch A project of the Clean Water Action Council of northeastern Wisconsin, this site contains extensive information for the public about PCB contamination of the Fox River and Green Bay, the proposed cleanup, and health effects of exposure to PCBs.
Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers FMR's mission is to protect water quality and wildlife habitat in the river corridors and to advocate for sound land use in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.
Friends of the Chicago River The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Chicago River for the human, plant, and animal communities within its watershed.
Friends of the Detroit River Learn about public participation in the stewardship, restoration and preservation of the Detroit River ecosystem. Includes an aerial tour of the river and background on Belle Isle and the Humbug Marsh.
Greater Detroit American Heritage River Initiative The Detroit River, part of the connecting channels linking lakes Huron and Erie, is one of 14 U.S. rivers honored with the AHR designation in 1998. The Initiative is a multi-stakeholder process that promotes environmental stewardship, encourages economic development, and celebrates history and culture.
Illinois RiverWatch Network Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) This statewide partnership of organizations and individuals monitors, restores and protects the rivers and streams of Illinois.
River Alliance of Wisconsin A non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, enhancement and restoration of the region's rivers and watersheds through selective dam removal, minimizing the impact of hydropower and strengthening grassroots organizations.