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Great Lakes Legacy Act Ottawa River cleanup underway
Exchange Morning Post (12/23)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Ottawa River Group and the state of Ohio began construction on phase one of a $49 million cleanup of the Ottawa River and Sibley Creek in Toledo, Ohio, on Dec. 19.

COMMENTARY: Coast Guard rules bad news for inland guides
The Bemidji Pioneer (12/23)
This past summer, the U.S. Coast Guard decided to extend the “Six-Pack” license designed for small ship captains on the Great Lakes and international waters, and apply it to inland fishing guides who operate for hire on small lakes and rivers in Minnesota.

Mich. takes invasive carp battle to Supreme Court
The New York Times (12/22)
Michigan has taken its fight against invasive Asian carp to the U.S. Supreme Court, suing Illinois to force the closure of Chicago-area waterways that provide the fish a pathway to the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes steamers spared in clean-diesel rule
Duluth News Tribune (12/22)
New EPA rules requiring ships to burn low-sulfur fuel were finalized today but do not apply to older steam-powered ships that can't burn the fuel.

Watkins: Great Lakes crisis brings Republicans, Democrats together
Dearborn Press and Guide (12/22)
The protection of our Great Lakes is not a partisan issue, and Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives have rallied to their support. It is extremely positive to see our elected leaders not carping and instead working together to solve a major problem impacting our state.

NNY senator weighs in on carp
Watertown Daily Times (12/14)
The steady advance of the Asian carp toward the Great Lakes is generating new discussion around an old idea: maybe connecting the Mississippi River to Lake Michigan was not such a good idea after all, and they should be separated again.

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