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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Great Lakes Shipping Retrospective

Dave writes: "Leaders of over a dozen major U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports will be joined by scientists and federal agency officials at Duluth/Superior harbor to announce an industry-led "Great Ships Initiative." This $3.5 million effort will focus on developing and implementing shipboard treatment technology necessary to prevent the introduction of aquatic nuisance species into the Great Lakes by ocean-going ships". He continues: "Twenty years after the zebra mussel, the same year New Zealand mudsnails were confirmed in this same harbor -- and now we're seeing an effort to develop shipboard technology to stop invasive species? It would be much more convincing if this media opportunity announced that all Great Lakes-going vessels have completed implementation of said technology. Enough news conferences about bold new programs." Well said!

Read bold new plan to solve very old problem

GLRC Environment Report reports: "30 years ago, an oil barge ran aground in the St. Lawrence River. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick crude oil coated the shoreline of northern New York state. The accident remains one of the largest inland oil spills in the United States."

Read LOOKING BACK ON THE "SLICK OF '76" by GLRC Environment Report

# posted by Tami @ 10:32 AM
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