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03-08-16 Stop the Alien Invasion- Attacking invasive species begins in the classroom Aquatic Invasive Species, Invasive Species Download NIE document (6.92 MB)
02-23-16 Hook them for life - Fish organizations celebrate anniversary Ecosystem Health, Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Invasive Species, Economic Sustainability Download NIE document (1.02 MB)
02-16-16 What a catch - Lake management restores fish population Ecosystem Health, Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Invasive Species, Economic Sustainability Download NIE document (376.28 KB)
02-09-16 Taking Stock - Great Lakes partnership protects fisheries Ecosystem Health, Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Invasive Species, Economic Sustainability Download NIE document (2.64 MB)
02-02-16 Not all is well underground Sea Grant Topics Water Quality, Ecosystem Health, Watershed Planning and Monitoring, human Health Download NIE document (3.08 MB)
01-26-16 Thirst for clean water Water Quality, Ecosystem Health, Watershed Planning and Monitoring, human Health, Harmful Algal Blooms Download NIE document (4.24 MB)
01-19-16 Diving into the PASST PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (4.81 MB)
01-12-16 Who is responsible? Plan provides outline for vital water sources Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (951.84 KB)
01-05-16 The last straw? How 9-year-old helped to stop plastic pollution Marine Debris, Clean Marina Initiative, Water Quality Download NIE document (2.32 MB)
12-15-15 Check the flowchart- Step-by-step process improves Cascade Creek Stream Restoration Projects, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management Download NIE document (5.95 MB)
12-08-15 Information Please- We need research on synthetic materials and aquatic life Marine Debris, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, Water Quality, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Download NIE document (3.79 MB)
12-01-15 Wasteland awaits-Aging sewage treatment plants harm Great Lake basin PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, human Health, Beach Closures Download NIE document (4.69 MB)
11-17-15 Ground Rules- Make sure septic systems are in working order PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, human Health, Water Quality Download NIE document (4.83 MB)
11-10-15 Toxin Caution: How your lawn, garden might poison our waters PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, Water Quality, Harmful Algal Blooms Download NIE document (483.06 KB)
10-27-15 Sustainability Jells- Local grape farmers reap benefits from conserving PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, Water Quality Download NIE document (3.67 MB)
10-20-15 Algae goes amok: Fertilizer runoff feeds growth of HABs in Lake Erie Water Quality, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Harmful Algal Blooms Download NIE document (4.41 MB)
10-13-15 Law and Reorder: Why federal Clean Water Act should be updated Water Quality, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (2.31 MB)
10-06-15 Halt Sprawl: Why we need to reclaim walkable communities Land Conservation and Public Access, Land Conservation Download NIE document (2.44 MB)
09-29-15 Hone in the Zone: Grants help protect Lake Erie Coastline Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Water Quality, Bluff Management, Public Access, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (938.87 KB)
09-22-15 Rx for Lake Erie: How Environmental Prescriptions Revived Lake Erie Water Quality, Harmful Algal Blooms, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (391.55 KB)
09-15-15 Pick of the Litter: Annual Shorelines Cleanup Needs you on Saturday Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (477.06 KB)
09-08-15 It's all Garbage: You can prevent trash from fouling waterways Marine Debris, Water Quality, Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (512.58 KB)
06-02-15 HAB-it forming work: Task Force to Monitor for Harmful Algal Blooms Harmful Algal Blooms, Water Quality, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (374.56 KB)
05-26-15 Truth or Consequence: Test your knowledge on how to protect water Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Education, Water Quality, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (3.66 MB)
05-12-15 In-Depth Project: Students weed out Wintergreen Gorge Terrestrial Invasive Species, Invasive Species Download NIE document (570.54 KB)
05-05-15 Obligated to pollinate: Why butterflies, bees depend on native species Terrestrial Invasive Species, Invasive Species Download NIE document (412.83 KB)
04-28-15 Good Riddance: How Invasive Plants Harm Environment Terrestrial Invasive Species, Invasive Species Download NIE document (407.72 KB)
04-21-15 Root of the Problem: New group will work to control invasive weeds Terrestrial Invasive Species, Invasive Species, Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (515.85 KB)
11-10-15 Water Keepers: Citizen action helps to improve local streams Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Stream Restoration Projects, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, Water Quality, Clean Marina Initiative, Coastal Cleanups Download NIE document (805.39 KB)
04-07-15 Barrier Grief: Stream crossings blocked fish passage Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Stream Restoration Projects Download NIE document (409.18 KB)
03-24-15 Out to Lunch: Lost Cooler Drifts from Sarnia, Ontario, to Harborcreek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (354.63 KB)
03-17-15 Kids get their drift: Lake buoy project boosts students' science skills Education, Water Quality, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (428.87 KB)
03-03-15 Ready for 4 Rs? Sustainability Practices Help Environment Marine Debris, Water Quality, Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (415.58 KB)
02-24-15 Clean Sweep: Join Great American Cleanup to Beautify Erie Clean Marina Initiative, Coastal Cleanups Download NIE document (2.7 MB)
02-17-15 Carbon Copies: Why increases in CO2 emissions harm our planet Erie Climate Change, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (2.57 MB)
02-10-15 No Fairy Tale: Science Reveals Big Increase in Greenhouse Gases Erie Climate Change, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (323.04 KB)
02-03-15 Air Apparent: Young Science Students Launch Weather Balloons Erie Climate Change, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (372.94 KB)
01-27-15 Weather or not: Follow this Checklist for Winter Travel in the Erie Region Erie Climate Change, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (348.93 KB)
01-20-15 Fetch the water: Why Lake Effect Snow Varies from Place to Place Erie Climate Change, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (476.32 KB)
01-13-15 Something's fishy- We need Accurate data on perch and walleye populations Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (3.63 MB)
01-06-15 What a Catch: Steelhead Fishing a big part of Erie County's Economy PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (509.4 KB)
12-23-14 Stocking Stuffers: Steelhead Program Keeps Streams full for Anglers PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health, Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (475.35 KB)
12-16-14 Hopes for Habitat PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (471.81 KB)
12-09-14 Depth Perception PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (474.22 KB)
12-02-14 Treasure Test Download NIE document (413.72 KB)
11-18-14 Water Foul- Aquascapes Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (551.59 KB)
11-11-14 Sink, Then Swim- Aquariums and AIS Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (502.1 KB)
10-28-14 Look Out Below- Invasive Plants Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (574.27 KB)
10-21-14 No Bait and Switch Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (488.38 KB)
10-14-14 In hot water Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (386.76 KB)
09-30-14 Take This Personally Water Quality, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Download NIE document (402.97 KB)
09-23-14 Something's fishy Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Water Quality, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Download NIE document (350.16 KB)
09-16-14 Making waves Coastal Cleanups, Marine Debris, Clean Marina Initiative, Water Quality Download NIE document (417.06 KB)
09-09-14 Plastic Havoc Water Quality, Marine Debris, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (430.71 KB)
09-02-14 Holy Toledo HAB Blooms Harmful Algal Blooms, Water Quality, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (356.87 KB)
06-03-14 Protecting Lake Erie: A Shared Obligation Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (710.05 KB)
05-27-14 Stress Management- 16 and 20 Mile Creeks Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (997.62 KB)
05-13-14 Cheaper By the Dozen- 12 Mile Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management Download NIE document (527.7 KB)
05-06-14 1 Fish, 2 Fish, No Fish Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (1.06 MB)
04-29-14 Sixmile Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (970.48 KB)
04-22-14 Major Milestones Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (524.95 KB)
04-08-14 Size Wise Approach Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (389.44 KB)
04-01-14 Growing Pains Bluff Management, Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (1.13 MB)
03-25-14 Down the Drain- Mill Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (494.23 KB)
03-18-14 On the Mend Cascade Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Stream Restoration Projects, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (548.08 KB)
03-11-14 A Walk to Take Stock Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (1.02 MB)
03-04-14 In the Long Run Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (485.04 KB)
02-25-14 Elk Creek Peek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Land Conservation Download NIE document (488.56 KB)
02-18-14 Straight Talk Crooked Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (3.09 MB)
02-11-14 Source Course Raccoon Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Land Conservation, Bluff Management Download NIE document (457.24 KB)
02-04-14 Creek Connections Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Water Quality Download NIE document (958.85 KB)
01-28-14 New Wave Environmental Ed Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Water Quality Download NIE document (2.28 MB)
01-14-14 Sparking change- Cuyahoga River Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (1.46 MB)
01-07-14 Neighborly advice Sandusky River Watershed Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Water Quality, Harmful Algal Blooms Download NIE document (300.99 KB)
12-17-13 What's the point? Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (1.86 MB)
12-10-13 Cautionary tale- Ottawa River watershed Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (756.53 KB)
12-03-13 Return engagement Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (249.64 KB)
11-19-13 Lake Erie Food Web PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (2.54 MB)
11-12-13 Big business- Lake Erie Economic Sustainability Download NIE document (286.57 KB)
10-29-13 Habitats aid habitats- actions can conserve H2O Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (582.09 KB)
10-22-13 Checks without balances Economic Sustainability Download NIE document (528.97 KB)
10-15-13 Act now: limited supply Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (525.2 KB)
10-08-13 Into the deep end Water Quality, Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (881.9 KB)
10-01-13 The water cycle Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (1.09 MB)
09-24-13 Why Don't Monarchs Rule? Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency, Erie Climate Change Download NIE document (5.93 MB)
09-17-13 No picnic at the beach Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (527.59 KB)
09-10-13 Out of bounds- plastic debris and the ICC Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Water Quality, Marine Debris, Coastal Cleanups Download NIE document (562.7 KB)
09-03-13 Zone in, not out Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Land Conservation Download NIE document (5.67 MB)
06-04-13 Border order- CZM boundary Watershed Planning and Monitoring Download NIE document (962.18 KB)
05-31-13 Exit strategy, Crooked Creek Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (1.19 MB)
05-14-13 Trickle-down practice- rain gardens Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Green Infrastructure, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Stream Restoration Projects Download NIE document (4.25 MB)
04-30-13 Thirst for knowledge- drinking H2O Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Water Quality Download NIE document (776.27 KB)
05-07-13 Permanent markers, plastic pollution in Lake Erie Water Quality, Marine Debris, Clean Marina Initiative, Coastal Cleanups Download NIE document (575.13 KB)
04-23-13 Baby (fish) steps PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (4.51 MB)
04-16-13 Size this up- sturgeon PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (2.91 MB)
04-09-13 Fast-forward climate change Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency, Erie Climate Change Download NIE document (1.08 MB)
04-02-13 Pick your poison Water Quality, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Download NIE document (1.61 MB)
03-19-13 Overflow alert- aging sewage systems Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Green Infrastructure Download NIE document (815.48 KB)
03-12-13 Watershed moments- stormwater runoff threat Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, Stream Restoration Projects, Water Quality Download NIE document (722.91 KB)
03-05-13 Stress test- Great Lakes threats Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (1.08 MB)
02-26-13 Danger zone- threats to Lake Erie water quality Water Quality, Harmful Algal Blooms, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management, human Health, Beach Closures, Bluff Management Download NIE document (992.95 KB)
02-19-13 Seeing is believing- Great Lakes Threat Map PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (2.78 MB)
02-12-13 Measure for measure- water consumption Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (2.24 MB)
02-05-13 Overdraft alert water supply Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (2.42 MB)
01-29-13 How dry we are Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (2.17 MB)
01-15-13 Demand, supply- surface water Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (2.96 MB)
01-18-13 Drip-dry material - Groundwater Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (834.9 KB)
12-18-12 Deep questions- how much water on earth? Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (894.24 KB)
12-11-12 Runoff election- humans are changing the water cycle Watershed Planning and Monitoring, Ecosystem Health, PA Coastal Ecosystems Download NIE document (938.04 KB)
12-04-12 Tapped out? Why freshwater supply faces threats Watershed Planning and Monitoring, PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (956.94 KB)
11-27-12 Shed bad habits- aquarium owners, water gardeners can halt AIS spread Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (1010.78 KB)
11-20-12 Monster cache- Invasive snakeheads threaten our ecosystem Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (1020.29 KB)
11-13-12 Are you aiding HITCHHIKERS? Single-cell algae pose threat to Great Lakes Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (1.25 MB)
10-30-12 Catch phrases- Hunt for Asian carp similar to crime probes Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (1021.52 KB)
10-23-12 Sleuth or consequence- help keep Asian carp out of Lake Erie Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (1.06 MB)
10-16-12 Clear choice- invasive mussels Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (1.2 MB)
10-19-12 CLEAN YOUR GEAR! Angler sign Invasive Species, Aquatic Invasive Species Download NIE document (668.08 KB)
10-02-12 Streaming live now- Projects stop erosion Stream Restoration Projects, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management Download NIE document (1.4 MB)
09-25-12 Say 'Good Riddance' Water Quality, Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Download NIE document (2.26 MB)
09-18-12 The root of the problem Terrestrial Invasive Species, Invasive Species Download NIE document (4.39 MB)
09-11-12 Don't trash shores- ICC event Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (1 MB)
09-04-12 In the zone- benefits of 40-year-old Coastal Management Act Bluff Management, Land Conservation, Land Conservation and Public Access, Public Access Download NIE document (4.11 MB)
06-05-12 Saturation Point- how rain gardens help our watershed Green Infrastructure, Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management Download NIE document (1.14 MB)
05-15-12 Student spirits lifted- research buoy recovered PA Coastal Ecosystems, Ecosystem Health Download NIE document (709.43 KB)
02-27-12 Banish these pests Invasive Species, Terrestrial Invasive Species Download NIE document (815.59 KB)
10-02-11 Goldilocks and our Bearable Climate Erie Climate Change, Climate Change and Hazard Resiliency Download NIE document (1.14 MB)
10-01-14 Plastic Havoc Marine Debris, Clean Marina Initiative, Water Quality Download NIE document (430.71 KB)
09-30-14 Making Waves Coastal Cleanups, Clean Marina Initiative Download NIE document (417.06 KB)

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