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Proposed US federal budget cuts threaten Great Lakes

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Proposed US federal budget cuts threaten Great Lakes

The Trump Administration released its proposed 2018 budget to Congress today, eliminating $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI provides funding for cleaning up toxic waste sites, improving storm water management, combatting invasive species like Asian carp, and protecting habitat for fish and wildlife in the basin. Waterfront cities […]

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Welland Canal 189th Shipping Season Begins

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Welland Canal 189th Shipping Season Begins

The first day of spring and the opening of the Welland Canal shipping season. The first down bound vessel to open the season at Lock 8 was the Tugboat Calusa Coast with the barge “Delaware”. The captain of the Tugboat Gary Kafcsak ceremoniously accepted the Top Hat and opened the canal for the189th year. The […]

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Elimination of Great Lakes funds shocks mayors

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Elimination of Great Lakes funds shocks mayors

Earlier Thursday Mar. 16 the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget which eliminates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Gutting GLRI from the budget is especially appalling to members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a binational coalition of 128 mayors, given the success of and bipartisan support for the […]

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors deeply concerned about U.S. Budget

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors deeply concerned about U.S. Budget

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 125 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expressed deep concern Friday Mar. 3 over draft White House budget cuts that would reduce funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 97% from $300 million to $10 […]

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Long navigation season for Seaway

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Long navigation season for Seaway

A total of 35 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System as it tied a record, first set in 2008, for the longest navigation season. The Seaway opened on March 21, 2016 and closed on Dec. 31, a total of 286 navigation days. 2013 also saw the same number of […]

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Welland Canal closes Monday

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Welland Canal closes Monday

As the Welland Canal prepares to shutdown Monday night, numerous vessels have been headed unbound and downbound through the system and Port Colborne over the past several days. The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. said the canal will shut down at 11:59 p.m. Monday. It added that any transits of the canal after that time […]

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