Environment

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action on Ohio’s 2016 list of impaired waters within 30 days.

In his 25-page order, Judge James Carr criticizes both the Ohio EPA and its federal counterpart for refusing to comply with several parts of the Clean Water Act. 

Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department / Ice rescue practice

Great Lakes Today's report on fatalities related to unstable ice has been named "Outstanding Public Affair Series" in the New York State Broadcasters Association competition. Reporters Angelica A. Morrison and Veronica Volk produced the series "Deadly Winter."

The federal government has played a huge role in reviving the Great Lakes -- but some in the region wonder how strong that support is these days.

For two straight years, the Trump administration proposed slashing funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Both times, Republicans and Democrats worked together to restore the $300 million allocation. That's the good news.

Now the EPA -- a crucial partner in keeping the Great Lakes healthy -- is in turmoil.

Our colleagues at Great Lakes Now have released a half-hour documentary that examines some of the hottest water use issues in the region.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

There's no shortage of theories for stopping the Asian carp's move toward the Great Lakes. Big gates, underwater electric barriers, annoying sound -- all have been used or talked about as solutions.

Now, add bubbles. That was the winning idea from "Carp Tank," a $500,000 competition that wrapped up in Michigan this week.

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