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Take a look beneath the surface of Lake Erie, as divers survey the Admiral, which sank in a storm in 1942. More than 30 men died on the tug and the barge it was hauling.

One of the divers, Marc Duncan, took underwater video during the survey.

Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late Tuesday to fully fund the program through September 2018.

The vote marks an important step toward securing funding for the Great Lakes cleanup program in the federal budget for the next fiscal year.


On Tuesday, environmental advocates will be watching closely as a Congressional spending committee considers a $300 million restoration program for the Great Lakes.

Update: Committee vote is good news for the Great Lakes.

President Trump's 2018 budget plan eliminated the money, which has gone to a wide range of projects -- from cleaning up pollution to battling the Asian carp. Now, Congress has a chance to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

​As scientists forecast a significant algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer, environmental groups are calling for tougher government policies to reduce pollution from farms.


Lakeshore officials make the push for federal aid

Jul 13, 2017
Alex Crichton

Elected officials from lakeshore communities are asking Gov. Cuomo to request the president declare areas hit hard by flooding a disaster, so federal funds can go to help residents.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Sodus Point Mayor Chris Tertinek and Sodus Town Supervisor Steven LeRoy were among those signing a letter to Cuomo asking him to request federal help.

Reilich says they are asking the Governor to act now, so that Federal Emergency Management Agency resources may be made available to lake and pond front residents.

Congress has taken its first step to ensure that Great Lakes restoration continues in 2018 – contrary to President Trump's budget plan.

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee released the 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which includes full funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

July 19 update: Committee vote is good news for the Great Lakes.

There's some good news from Illinois, where an Asian Carp was recently caught just nine miles from Lake Michigan.

In two weeks of intensive, follow-up monitoring, no bighead or silver Asian carp were found, a regional monitoring group says.  

Upset by continued flooding on the Lake Ontario shoreline, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to shake up the bi-national group that helps to regulate the Great Lakes.

Office of Gov. Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Irondequoit Thursday for a ceremonial signing of  legislation to help communities hit by the severe flooding during the spring.

Cuomo came to Westage on the Harbor, a lakefront apartment complex off St. Paul Blvd. and spoke before hundreds of residents and local officials.

The state is offering $45 million in aid to communities impacted by the flooding along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  Another $10 million will go to several counties for damage related to other storms.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today/WXXI News

Governor Andrew Cuomo is announcing ramped up efforts to enforce no-wake zones along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline this weekend.

Cuomo says that with high water levels along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence, it’s critical that the state supports local enforcement efforts.

He says that multiple state agencies are deploying additional resources, including 20 watercraft and 42 law enforcement officers.

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