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Officials in the United States and Canada have approved a plan to allow the level of Lake Ontario to fluctuate more -- a change that has been opposed by some residents. 


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After 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, the breakwater on Cleveland’s east harbor suffered $31 million dollars worth of damage.  Now that breakwater is back to full strength, with concrete blocks to prevent storm damage from happening again.

 

Cleveland’s project involves 4400 feet of dolosse, concrete blocks shaped like a T and meant to deflect waves.

Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District says the damage from Hurricane Sandy resulted in the District’s largest repair project.

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Fifty years ago today, the freighter Daniel J. Morrell split in two and sank amid a storm on Lake Huron.

Only one of the 29 crew members survived. And as the Buffalo News recounts, Dennis Hale was haunted by guilt for years. He died in 2015.

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is busy filling some 4,000 jobs in his new administration. For folks who are interested in the Great Lakes, three of those appointees are particularly important.

The U.S. has three seats on the six-member International Joint Commission, which works with the U.S. and Canada in regulating the lakes and other boundary waters. 

Timothy Dubravetz

At the Maritime Academy of Toledo, students learn basics like math and English. They also take classes on  boatbuilding.

On a fall day in the boat lab, a few students are working on the inside of a small wooden boat. They’re gluing pieces of wood together along the inside of the boat before sanding it down.

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