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Study finds Lake Erie, Detroit River improvements but cites threats

A lot in the water and shoreline of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie is much more environmentally sound than a generation or two ago, but new threats to the ecosystem are approaching tipping points, according to a 500-page, two-year study to be released Tuesday by an array of concerned officials and private citizens from the United States and Canada.

“Checkup: Assessing Ecosystem Health of the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie,” the 11th annual “State of the Strait” report, calls for new attention and remedial action to secure a healthful future.

“We’ve seen some really amazing ecological revivals of the Detroit River,” said John Hartig, a conservationist who helped prepare the international report, sponsored by companies,

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Park on Santa Fe River spring gets cleaned and stabilized

A cleaned-up spring and new bathrooms are the highlights of a renovated Rum Island Park that was introduced Tuesday morning ceremony by Columbia County commissioners and others.

The popular park on the Santa Fe River was closed for about a year while the $300,000 project was underway.

Visitors and county parks officials check out the renovations and clean-up to the spring head area at Rum Island Spring and Park during the reopening of the park north of High Springs on Tuesday.

“It looks so good. The (spring) bank looks really nice and pretty,” said Lindsey Garland, spokeswoman for the Suwannee River Water Management District. “They added grass for stabilization, so that looks very good.”

The district kicked in $150,000 for the work. The county got another $150,000 in legislative appropriations and contributed some in-kind services.

One new feature some people might not like is an entrance fee. Rum Island had been free but a $5 per car fee is now charged. Annual passes can be purchased.

The 44-acre park off County Road 138 near Fort White includes includes a boat ramp, picnic area and

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Corps seeks comment on environmental effects of $2 billion Mississippi River levee work | Environment

The Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled two virtual public meetings on its environmental assessment of a $2 billion plan to elevate levees and build stronger floodwalls along the Mississippi River from Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico, with most of the projects planned for areas in Louisiana around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 

The meetings will be streamed live on the Facebook page of the agency’s New Orleans District office on Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. and Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. The Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/usacenola/.



090220 Mississippi River levee work map

Map shows planned levee and floodwall upgrades along the Mississippi River, 2020.



During the meeting, comments will be accepted through Facebook or by calling or texting (601) 392-2237. Written comments may also be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, 4155 Clay St., Vicksburg, Miss.,

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