Editorials from around Ohio
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — In an annual rite of spring for western New York, crews are making plans to remove the ice boom that's installed each year to reduce the amount of ice that enters the Niagara...
EVANS, N.Y. (AP) — Charter fishing boat captains on Lake Erie are worried their early-May business will suffer because of the relatively late removal of an ice boom across the Niagara...
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — University biologists in Ohio are scouring streams following tests that confirmed larvae from the invasive Asian grass carp were found for the first time in the Great Lakes...
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thinks a proposed expansion would be music to the ears of patrons of the museum and a nearby science center.
Strong winds cause flooding in Michigan along Lake Erie
LASALLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Strong winds blowing off Lake Erie are blamed for flooding in parts of southeastern Michigan.
Thursday's winds pushed water into residential areas near the...
Robot offers a deeper dive into Lake Erie research
MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — An underwater robot will be roaming Presque Isle Bay to collect water quality data beginning this spring.
Ohio predicts excellent fishing this year on Lake Erie
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Department of Natural Resources says the Lake Erie fishing outlook appears excellent after a record walleye harvest in 2018.
CLEVELAND (AP) — President Donald Trump's new budget proposal is seeking to end Ohio's ban on dumping dredged material from Cleveland into Lake Erie.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators...
Massive ice piles along Lake Erie are melting _ a little
HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York town official says he's hoping for a "gradual melt" of ice piles as tall as a house that formed along the Lake Erie shoreline after a wind storm last...
Ohio governor wants nearly $1B for Lake Erie, waterways
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine wants to spend nearly $1 billion on water quality projects to clean up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protect other lakes and rivers throughout the...
MARBLEHEAD, Ohio (AP) — A sheet of ice holding fishermen on Lake Erie broke loose in windy weather Saturday morning, sending many of them scrambling to safety but leaving nearly four dozen...
DETROIT (AP) — As ice coverage goes, it's Superior.
The Detroit Free Press reports Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes...
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Officials say tests have confirmed that larvae from the invasive Asian grass carp have been found for the first time in the Great Lakes watershed.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An unusual ballot measure approved by voters in Ohio's fourth-largest city to give legal rights to Lake Erie is being challenged by farmers in a federal lawsuit that was filed...
High winds cut power, inundate Lake Erie shoreline with ice
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High winds howled through much of the eastern U.S. for a second day Monday, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, closing schools, and pushing...
- Post-BulletinCorporations have rights; why not a lake?March 29, 2019
- The Herald-DispatchDozens rescued from Lake Erie ice floeMarch 10, 2019
- Cleveland.comThe wildest reactions and crazy costumes at the Polar Plunge into Lake Erie Saturday afternoon (PHOTOS)February 23, 2019
- Cleveland.comLake Erie Folk Fest brings music, dance to Euclid’s Shore Cultural Center todayFebruary 23, 2019
- Cleveland.comLake Erie looking gorgeous: See all the submissions in the RocktheLake Winter Beach photo contestFebruary 20, 2019
The Latest: Northeast’s highest peak records 144 mph gust
The Latest on a windstorm affecting the Northeast (all times local):
A wind gust of 144 mph (231 kph) has been recorded on the highest peak in the Northeast.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine promises funding to fight lake algae
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said this week that he plans to increase state funding in his upcoming budget proposal to fight algae growth in Lake Erie.
Ohio firefighters monitor blaze in docked ship; no injuries
OREGON, Ohio (AP) — A fire continues to burn inside a Lake Erie docked vessel as Ohio firefighters try to cool the ship in an incident with no injuries.
The fire broke out on the deck of the St. Clair Saturday night at the Port of Toledo in northern Ohio. The cause is still undetermined.
Denny Hartman is chief of the fire department in Oregon, Ohio. He said Sunday morning that the fire apparently burned through the deck and ignited an enormous rubber conveyor belt below.
Lake Erie island mayor facing corruption charges resigns
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — A former mayor on a popular Lake Erie resort island has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of conflict of interest in a public contract in a deal with prosecutors.
Bernard McCann entered pleas Friday in Ottawa County after being indicted in October on two felony and four misdemeanor conflict of interest counts. He resigned Wednesday as Put-in-Bay mayor, which was part of his plea agreement.
Program to help farmers reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is collaborating with local agriculture and conservation partners to help farmers reduce the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Erie.
The state says the Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery (STRAND) program will help farmers near the western Lake Erie basin make informed decisions about nutrient applications to cropland based on soil testing.
High water levels expected in Great Lakes this summer
DETROIT (AP) — Experts are predicting higher-than-normal water levels on the Great Lakes this summer, some of which may set records.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Detroit recently issued its latest six-month forecast for the lakes.
Lawsuit seeks action on Lake Erie algae cleanup
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit pushing for more action to prevent the toxic algae blooms that plague Lake Erie's western basin each summer.
The lawsuit says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn't moving fast enough and must hold Ohio accountable for reducing the polluting runoff that feeds the algae.
The Environmental Law & Policy Center's lawsuit filed late Thursday in Toledo claims Ohio's efforts to prevent blooms have had little impact.
Cedar Point removing employee dorms that date to early 1900s
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Cedar Point is removing a couple of its oldest structures at the amusement park along Lake Erie.
The buildings coming down are employee dormitories that sit near the Sandusky park's marina in northern Ohio.
They have been housing employees for decades, but the buildings actually date to the early 1900s. The spot was first home to a hotel built in 1901. By 1915, the buildings were renovated and reopened as Cedars Hotel.
Fermi 2 nuclear plant is back online following repairs
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is back online after being shut down last month for repairs.
The Monroe News reports DTE Energy's Fermi 2 plant in Monroe County was synchronized to the electrical grid on Tuesday.
Coast Guard rescues 4 kayakers stranded on small island
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued three adults and a child who became stranded on a small island in the Detroit River during a kayaking trip.
The man, his wife, a 5-year-old girl, and a family friend became stranded on the island in the river's mouth Friday after launching their kayaks from Lake Erie Metropark.
Rescue crews were sent on a boat and a helicopter, but the water around the island proved too shallow for the boat.
Ohio reports another strong walleye hatch in Lake Erie
SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's wildlife agency says the outlook for walleye fishing on Lake Erie is bright.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says its surveys by fish scientists in Lake Erie's central basin are revealing an "exceptional" walleye hatch this year.
Eric Weimer of the state's Sandusky Fisheries Research Station says fishing in the lake has been good recently and that seems likely to continue.
Fermi 2 nuclear plant remains shut down for repairs
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan remains shut down after being taken offline earlier this month for repairs.
Man convicted of killing wife on Lake Erie sentenced to life
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man convicted of fatally shooting his wife, tying her body to an anchor and tossing it into Lake Erie, then trying to cover up the crime by claiming she had apparently fallen overboard, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Indiana gets $400K to boost water quality in Lake Erie basin
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is getting more than $400,000 to boost efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie's western basin.
The State Department of Agriculture will use the funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for workshops for farmers, expanding soil and manure testing and other efforts.
Board again sidelines Kasich’s order on Lake Erie algae
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A state panel again Thursday delayed implementation of Ohio Gov. John Kasich's plan to create new regulations on thousands of farms in a bid to reduce fertilizer and manure feeding Lake Erie's sometimes toxic algae blooms.
The decision by the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission came amid concerns over how the regulations would be put in place and amid pushback from the agriculture industry.
Lake Erie’s algae bloom much less severe this year
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal researchers say the harmful algae on Lake Erie this year was relatively mild compared with past years.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the algae outbreak also fell short of what scientists expected.
An algae bloom began forming in June in western Lake Erie a few weeks earlier than usual. But dry conditions settled across the region during the summer.
Fermi 2 nuclear plant online after refueling, maintenance
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan is back online after being shut down for refueling and maintenance.
New center at university to fight algal blooms
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A national research effort aimed at protecting freshwater lakes from toxic algal blooms will be led by a new center in Ohio.
Bowling Green State University announced in a release Monday that it's been awarded a $5.2 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Science Foundation to establish the Lake Erie Center for Fresh Waters and Human Health.
Ex-head of agriculture believes he was fired over algae plan
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state's former agriculture director says he believes he was dismissed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) because he had reservations about the governor's approach to tackling toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Coast Guard pulls body from Lake Erie in Cleveland area
CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has pulled a body from Lake Erie near a fishing area on Cleveland's east side.
The Coast Guard says the body was spotted Saturday afternoon at the Intercity Yacht Club and apparently had been in the water for quite a while.
A Coast Guard spokesman said Cleveland police received a 911 call around 3 p.m. Saturday and asked Cleveland firefighters and the Coast Guard for assistance in recovering the body.
Wright-designed Graycliff Estate restored on Lake Erie shore
DERBY, N.Y. (AP) — A $4 million restoration of a New York lakefront estate designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright is complete.
The Graycliff Estate sits on the shore of Lake Erie in Derby, near Buffalo. The property has been undergoing improvements for the past year, with state funding.
The project has included the complete interior restoration of the Isabelle Martin House and the Foster House, as well as landscaping improvements and a reconstructed beach access.
State wildlife council approves some fishing rules changes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Wildlife Council has approved changes to bag and size limits for fish in some bodies of water.
The council recently approved changes to allow a year-round open season for black bass in the Lake Erie sport fishing district.
Man convicted in death of wife found in Lake Erie
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie faces a mandatory life sentence without possibility of parole following his first-degree murder conviction.
Jury deliberations start in man’s Lake Erie murder trial
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Jury deliberations have started the murder trial of a man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie.
Prosecutors in Erie County say 49-year-old Christopher Leclair was having an affair and killed his 51-year-old wife, Karen, because his girlfriend had given him an ultimatum to choose between her and his wife.
Defense: Man didn’t kill wife but dumped body after suicide
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The attorney representing a man accused of killing his wife and tossing her body into Lake Erie is arguing that she killed herself because she was upset that her husband had been having an affair.
Openings slated in homicide trial in woman’s Lake Erie death
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Opening statements are slated Tuesday in the homicide trial of a man accused of shooting his wife and tossing her into Lake Erie and then reporting she'd accidentally fallen overboard from his commercial fishing boat.
The prosecution and defense selected a jury Monday for the Erie County trial of 49-year-old Christopher Leclair, the Erie Times-News reported .
The Latest: Openings slated in woman’s Lake Erie death
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the homicide trial of a man accused of killing wife found in Lake Erie (all times local):
Opening statements are slated Tuesday in the homicide trial of a man accused of shooting his wife and tossing her into Lake Erie and then reporting she'd accidentally fallen overboard from his commercial fishing boat.
Toledo says tests show season’s algae bloom is over
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo officials say three consecutive weeks of tests found no toxic microcystin in raw water drawn from the city's Lake Erie intake crib and that this year's algae bloom is over.
Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio has thrown out a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take stronger action on Lake Erie's ongoing toxic algae problem.
U.S. District Judge James Carr dismissed the lawsuit earlier this week, saying it would be too early to decide the issue because Ohio designated the lake's western basin as impaired in March.
Mystery solved? Shipwreck may be oldest found in Lake Erie
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Shipwreck hunters who spent eight days this summer unearthing and examining the remains of a schooner in Lake Erie in Ohio think it's most likely a sailing ship that sank nearly two centuries ago.
That would make the wreckage the oldest ever found in the shallowest of the Great Lakes.
But there's a bit of debate among the marine archaeologists and shipwreck hunters who are trying to identify the wreck about how confident they are it is indeed the Lake Serpent that sank in 1829.
Mayor on Lake Erie island indicted after yearlong probe
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — The village mayor on a popular Lake Erie resort island has been indicted on public corruption charges.
The Ohio Attorney General's office said Thursday that Put-in-Bay Mayor Bernard McCann was indicted on two felony counts and four misdemeanor conflict of interest counts.
The state says the 82-year-old McCann used his position as mayor to secure a waterline project for a business associate.