Chicago Tribune: Experts warn of stronger Lake Michigan waves as erosion takes its tollPosted Aug 26, 2015
Beach erosion has long been a worry for Lake Michigan's coastal residents. But the thinning veneer of sand on the floor of the lake may be a more troublesome problem.
The amount of sand that flows south of Waukegan and protects the Illinois shoreline from pounding waves has dropped by an estimated 83 percent since the early 1800s, putting the coast at risk for more and more erosion, experts say. Some sand was displaced by the construction of piers and harbors over nearly two centuries. When it... Read More »
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Ancient yet endangered, lake sturgeon stage a comebackPosted Aug 24, 2015
Older than the Great Lakes and a companion of dinosaurs, the lake sturgeon has been staging a 10-year comeback after 135 million years of existence.
In the past century, overfishing and habitat destruction practically wiped the fish from local waters.
But a variety of efforts over the past decade has served to raise both the profile and sheer number of the prehistoric fish in Milwaukee, from a September festival celebrating the release of baby sturgeon into Lake Michigan to a new hands-on... Read More »
AgriNews: Clean Water Indiana funds distributedPosted Jul 19, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board recently distributed $910,000 to 91 soil and water conservation districts throughout the state.
Each year, through the Clean Water Indiana program, ISDA and the SSCB provide a match of up to $10,000 to those districts who receive funding from a local governmental entity. These matching funds are used by the districts to leverage local funding to address local natural resource concerns.
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Courier Press: Indiana to join lawsuit over EPA clean water rulePosted Jul 06, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Monday that the state will join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new federal rule that he says leads more bodies of water in the state to fall under regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Zoeller argues the proposed rule under the Clean Water Act finalized by federal environmental regulators last week will place burdens on Hoosier farmers. But a leading environmental advocate said the rule... Read More »
Indy Star: Projected water shortage prompts citizens to build new reservoir in FishersPosted Jun 24, 2015
Concerned by projections of a water shortage in Central Indiana by 2050, Citizens Energy Group announced plans Tuesday to build a new $20 million reservoir in Fishers.
Citizens has bought an 88-acre former limestone quarry from Irving Materials west of Olio Road and on the south side of Geist Reservoir's northern end, spokeswoman Sarah Holsapple said.
Citizens will fill the quarry with water over the next five years to create Citizens Reservoir. By 2020, the reservoir will hold 2.7 billion... Read More »
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