Tuesday, Jan, 12, 2016

State of emergency

Governor's declaration frees state resources for Flint

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Chicago Tribune

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint last Tuesday over problems with lead in the city's drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they're investigating the matter. Snyder's action follows emergency declarations by the city and Genesee County, which requested help from the state. Michigan's declaration makes state resources available in cooperation with local response and recovery operations.

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Organization reviews Waukesha's water request

Journal Sentinel

As governors and premiers of Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces started reviewing Waukesha's request for a Lake Michigan water supply, Wisconsin environmental regulators said the city does not have a reasonable alternative. The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers has established a website to provide information on the application.

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Study warns of Great Lakes Asian carp invasion

Circle of Blue

Asian carp, a voracious invader charging upstream through the Mississippi River Basin, would dramatically change the dynamics of recreational and commercial fisheries in Lake Erie if they make it into the smallest of the Great Lakes, according to a new study. Scientists predict the carp could eventually account for one-third of the fish in Lake Erie by weight.

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