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14 Individuals Selected To Serve On Re-Established Great Lakes Advisory Board

June 3, 2020

The committee provides advice and recommendations on matters concerning the Great Lakes, including restoration and protection.     MUSKEGON, Mich. — Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the membership of 14 individuals to the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB) Wednesday. Wheeler re-established the GLAB in December 2018 as an advisory committee that provides…

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Get A Behind The Scenes Tour Of The Soo Locks

May 27, 2020

  CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) — You can see what it’s like behind the scenes at the Soo Locks with a special virtual tour. The Virtual Visitor Center Tour will take place Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The event is being hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. During the tour you will get…

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Future Agricultural Transport on North American Waterways

May 24, 2020

  The long-term trend of annual rainfall taken across Northern USA and Southern Canada for over a century reveals a steady increase. Redirecting some seasonal spring flood water through pipes into water tables would bypass frozen ground and enhance summer agricultural production. That production would influence future seasonal agricultural bulk transportation along North American inland…

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Local View: Commercial Shipping’s Value To Twin Ports, Nation Can’t Be Overstated

May 22, 2020

  As our world persists during this global pandemic, we gratefully acknowledge the essential services performed by our nation’s maritime workers to keep commerce and cargo moving while also supporting our regional economy during a time of peril. Friday was National Maritime Day, which commemorated the 201st anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic steamship crossing. This…

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Collective Effort Under Way To Build Major Riverwalk

May 20, 2020

Imagine a few years from now having a massive walkway that will make it easier to hike, bike, kayak, run, boat, get shuttled to and from outdoor concerts, and do other waterfront activities along both sides of the Maumee River between downtown and East Toledo. That’s the concept of the proposed Glass City Riverwalk officials…

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Environmental Protection Agency Outlines 2020 Plans For Grasse River Remediation

May 18, 2020

  MASSENA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has outlined what activities are scheduled for the Grasse River remediation project in 2020. Arconic will resume in-river construction this spring to continue implementing a remediation plan selected by the EPA for the lower Grasse River. The plan, which was selected in 2013, calls for dredging and…

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Port Of Oswego Awarded For Second Straight Year The Pacesetter Award

May 18, 2020

OSWEGO – The Port of Oswego Authority for the second straight year has won the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation agency’s Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award for registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped during the 2019 navigation season. “On behalf of our team at the Port of Oswego Authority, we’re delighted to accept this…

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AAPA Calls for Ship To “Sound Off”

May 15, 2020

  The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) this year will commemorate National Maritime Day during the work week of May 18-22, and to mark the occasion, which annually recognizes the mariners, the maritime industry, ports and their workforces, vessels in harbors and at berth throughout the hemisphere are being encouraged to sound their horns…

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Great Lakes Towing Docks Tugboat at Black River Landing

May 11, 2020

  Despite the changes that made due to novel coronavirus, a constant for Lorain still is Lake Erie and the Black River. Operations have continued for water-related services including Great Lakes Towing, which had a large vessel docked May 11 at Black River Landing, 421 Black River Lane in downtown Lorain. Tom Brown, executive director of the…

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Port of Green Bay Gets A Head Start on 2020 Shipping Season

May 11, 2020

  GREEN BAY (WLUK) — The 2020 shipping season got off to an early start for the Port of Green Bay. The tonnage report over the first month and a half is up 19% from the strong 2019 shipping season. Officials say nearly 228,000 tons of cargo moved into and out of the Port between March…

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Phase One of New Soo Lock Project Set to Begin

May 7, 2020

The project for a new Soo Lock is taking a major step forward.     The US Army Corp of Engineers announced phase one construction started this week. Phase one will begin with deepening the upstream channel. The Army Corp says equipment was moved on site earlier this week. It’s the start in creating a…

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Port Of Duluth-Superior Lands Record 17th Pacesetter Honor

May 7, 2020

The award is given to domestic Great Lakes ports that show year-over-year tonnage increases for international cargoes.     The port of Duluth-Superior earned its second consecutive Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. on Wednesday. The honor acknowledged an increase in international cargo tonnage during the 2019 shipping season. The port of…

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Northern Michigan From Above: Burns Harbor

April 21, 2020

  The Soo Locks officially opened to freighter traffic on March 25.   It’s been busy since then, with many Great Lakes freighters and international freighters passing through.   The 1,000 foot by 105-foot Burns Harbor is a local favorite because the captain is a Sault Ste. Marie native.   In Northern Michigan From Above,…

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Modifications Made To Grasse River Cleanup To Accommodate Larger Tugboat

April 15, 2020

  MASSENA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says there will be some modifications when work begins again this year to address sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at the Grasse River Superfund Site. The modification calls for removal of an additional 90,000 cubic yards of sediment from an area of the river near Snug…

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SeawayCompass – Guest Columnist – Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers

April 14, 2020

David Naftzger Executive Director, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers A Fresh Outlook and Bold Goals in 2020 The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers have bold goals for our region’s maritime system — to double maritime trade, shrink the environmental footprint of the region’s transportation network and support the region’s industrial core.…

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