William Dichtel, a Northwestern University chemistry professor, developed two great lifelong loves — for swimming and science — that he has pursued with an abiding passion. He has found a way to marry his passions, using science to discover better ways to remove toxic contaminants such as PFAS from water. His research found that heating a combination of a widely used solvent and lye can destroy many types of common cancer-causing PFAS found in Teflon pans and many other products. Read the full story by WBEZ – Chicago, IL.  

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-foreverchemicals-solutions

Hannah Reynolds

The summer of 2021 brought an onslaught of heavy rain, flooding freeways, knocking out power and leaving standing water in basements in communities across metro Detroit. While those memories are fresh for many, NOAA warns an increase in extreme rainfall could be on the horizon. Read the full story by the Louisiana Illuminator.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-climatechange-michigan

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Cruise the Great Lakes is having a record year, as passengers return by the thousands to Midwest cruise lines. In their first full season since the pandemic began, the group found an all-time high of nearly 150,000 passengers visiting Great Lakes ports, up 25 percent from 2019. Read the full story by the Holland Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-greatlakes-cruiseindustryrebounds

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Members of the Binational Public Advisory Council (BPAC) for the St. Clair River Area of Concern (AOC) gathered Tuesday evening aboard the Duc D’Orleans to celebrate four milestones in the restoration of the St. Clair River – the re-designation of four environmental challenges to Not Impaired on the Canadian side of the St. Clair River. Read the full story by the Sydenham Current.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-remedialactionplan-stclairriverboatcruise

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A group of 31 registered volunteers spent two hours picking up litter from the Headlands Beach State Park along the shore of Lake Erie, in Mentor, OH on September 17. This Adopt-a-Beach program was organized by Alliance for the Great Lakes, a non-profit organization based out of Chicago. Read the full story by The News Herald.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-headlandsbeachcleanup-adoptabeach

Hannah Reynolds

Water levels are again a conversation on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Instead of devastating floods, in 2022, the conversation is the exact opposite. A dry summer, with little precipitation, has led to low water levels on both the lake and river, which has caused frustration throughout these communities as recreational seasons are being cut short. Read the full story by WSYR-TV – Syracuse, NY.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-lowwaterlevels-stlawrenceriver

Hannah Reynolds

The Saginaw Bay Sturgeon organization has been spearheading a push in recent years to reintroduce sturgeon into the Saginaw Bay Watershed as a part of a larger statewide, multi-year rehabilitation plan to develop self-sustaining sturgeon populations across the state. Before releasing the sturgeon, they will be fitted with a PIT tag that will help researchers track the sturgeon as they travel through the river system and into the Saginaw Bay. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-lakesturgeon-saginawbay

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Officials in Yorkville, Illinois are getting ready for a hearing on the city’s use of Lake Michigan water. The hearing involves multiple states, agencies, and countries. It’s on October 21. The hearing is part of Yorkville’s ongoing project to switch to a new water source. Read the full story by WSPY News – Plano, IL.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-yorkville-lakemiwaterhearing

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A lighthouse in Kewaunee and a shipwreck near Marinette have both been added to the National and State Register of Historic Places, respectively. The Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse and the Sidney O. Neff Shipwreck have been recognized by the Wisconsin Historical Society and were named to the Register of Historic Places on Thursday, September 15. Read the full story by WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, WI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-wilighthouse-shipwreck-historicplaces

Hannah Reynolds

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, located in Akwesasne, NY received more than $300,000 in federal funding from bipartisan legislation to prevent road salt pollution during the winter months. The pollution prevention funding will open up services and workshops to facilitate informed decision making in the utilization of road salt. Road salts have been a concern to Great Lakes researchers in recent years as they have been the cause of increasing salt levels in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. Read the full story by Watertown Daily Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220919-roadsaltpollutionprevention-stregismohawktribe

Hannah Reynolds

A replica of a historic tall ship is sailing down the St. Lawrence River this week, on its way to the Atlantic Ocean and then down the east coast. The square-rigged Nao Trinidad was built in Spain in 2018. Read and listen to the full story by North Country Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220912-tallship-trinidad

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Once upon a time, there was a small town in Ontario that was named the “prettiest” in Canada by none other than Queen Elizabeth II. With clear blue skies, stunning landscapes and multiple beaches, there’s no surprise here that this town has left many, especially royalty, in awe. Read the full story by Curiocity.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220912-ontario-queenelizabeth

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Short of an order to decommission the Line 5 pipeline, an Ojibwe tribe on the south shore of Lake Superior has secured a different legal victory in its federal lawsuit against Canadian pipeline company Enbridge. Read the full story by the Wisconsin Examiner.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220912-linefive-enbridgelawsuit

Hannah Reynolds

Great Lakes shipbuilding and repair giant Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding broke ground on a new 19,000 sq. ft. machine shop at their Sturgeon Bay, WI location today. Inside the future 300-ft. long building, shipbuilders will have access to two overhead cranes capable of lifting 5 and 30 tons. At the other end of the building there will be offices, restrooms, a lunchroom and a tool room. The facility will primarily support Bay’s repair business. Read the full story by Marine Insight.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220912-shipbuilding-newfacility

Hannah Reynolds

On September 18, join Save the Dunes as they celebrate the journey and migration of the Monarch butterfly through our region with music and food at Michigan City’s Brewery Lodge & Supper Club. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Save the Dunes’ work to protect and advocate for the Indiana dunes. Read the full story by WBND-LD-TV – South Bend, IN.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220912-monarchs-savethedunes

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Rep. Marcus Evans has introduced a bill that lays the groundwork for a proposed wind farm in Lake Michigan, about 10 miles from the shores of the Southeast Side. The bill sets up a fund that would help the state to compete for federal money, including $230 million for port infrastructure projects available from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read the full story by Archinect News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220912-offshore-windfarm-greatlakes

Hannah Reynolds

Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at her residence at Balmoral Castle. She was 96 years old. As many people take a moment to look back on her life and legacy following her passing, it includes a moment in Wisconsin history when the British monarch visited the United States. Read the full story by WGBA-TV – Green Bay, WI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-queenelizabeth-milwaukee

Hannah Reynolds

Michigan has had a record number of piping plover chicks. That means the United States is nearly halfway to its goal of having 150 breeding pairs of piping plover parents. The Great Lakes piping plovers have been endangered since the 1980s when as few as 12 to 17 pairs of the birds had fledglings. Read the full story by Michigan Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-greatlakes-pipingplovers

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In a press release, U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) applauded FEMA for its intent to fund the Safeguard Tomorrow through Ongoing Risk Mitigation Act, which is intended to address shoreline erosion and flooding. Read the full story by the Huron Daily Tribune.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-fema-stormact

Hannah Reynolds

If you’re in Toronto and have noticed a storm drain covered in green paint, there is a unique and environmentally-focused reason for it. Students at the University of Toronto, a collection of them that go by the “U of T Trash Team,” said the green paint means the storm drain is, in fact, an Enviropod “LittaTrap” that collects trash and litter and “diverts it” from draining into Lake Ontario. Read the full story by CityNews.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-torontostormdrains

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Mermaid Straw, the Valparaiso-based reusable straw maker, is partnering with Save the Dunes to clean up West Beach at the Indiana Dunes National Park. The business that makes metallic straws to replace single-use plastics coordinates volunteers to pick up litter on the beaches as part of its mission to save the Earth. Read the full story by NWI Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-savethedunes-beachcleanups

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently completed two projects to create new spawning habitat for native fish that are critical for local economies and ecological diversity in Jefferson County. Read the full story by the Central New York Business Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-spawningprojects-ontario

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Harmful algal blooms now rank with climate change as a systemic ecological threat and a severe public policy challenge. Collaboration between governments has generated formal state, federal, and bi-national commitments to reduce nutrient discharges, and thorough action plans to achieve them. Read the full story by Michigan Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-toxicalgaeblooms

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After years of limited action, the federal government is moving forward with multiple plans to establish regulations limiting toxic contamination from two PFAS chemicals used for nearly a century to make products resistant to heat, water, grease and stains. Read the full story by the Indiana Environmental Reporter.  

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-indianapfasproblem

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Over the next six to eight years, the U.S. Army Corps will outfit an engineered channel in the Brandon Road Lock on the Des Plaines River, just outside Chicago, with a series of high-tech barriers that will prevent invasive carp from travelling upstream to Lake Michigan while still allowing boats to pass through. Read the full story by Cottage Life.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220909-invasivecarp

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Work to lift the submerged James Whalen tugboat from Ontario’s Kaministiquia River is set to begin later this week. The century-old tugboat, which the City of Thunder Bay, ON has owned and kept moored along the river for nearly 30 years, took on water and then sank earlier this year. Read the full story by CBC News.

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A new vessel has joined the U.S. Flag Fleet and has the distinction of being the first to be built on the Great Lakes since the early 1980’s. The ship was built by the Interlake Steamship Company and designed to carry all types of cargo throughout the Great Lakes freshwater system but officials say the vessel was specifically designed to navigate the tight bends of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland. Read the full story by WJW-TV – Cleveland, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-greatlakesfreighter

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Restoring water service to seven southeast Michigan communities affected by an August 13 water main break will take even longer than initially estimated, officials for the Great Lakes Water Authority said. They attribute the delay to needing to send a piece of pipe back to its manufacturer because it didn’t meet specifications. Read the full story by The Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-restoringwater-mainbreak

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A recent study out of Université du Québec à Rimouski has identified new combinations of contaminants in the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario that could affect biodiversity. Read the full story by Global News Canada.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-emergingcontaminants-stlawrenceriver

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McGill University researchers and scientists have been busy launching weather balloons high above Quebec this year as part of an effort to better understand regional climate change. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-climatechangestudy-stlawrenceriver

Hannah Reynolds

Five million Illinoisans live near water systems that utilize Lake Michigan water, which is reported to have “worrisome concentrations” of PFAS, according to a database of Illinois PFAS water testing created by the Chicago Tribune. Local leaders in Illinois have said they were aware of the latest research regarding PFAS are awaiting new guidance from the EPA. Read the full story by The Record North Shore.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-foreverchemicals-treatment-water

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City Council members from Toledo, Maumee and Bowling Green joined Rep. Marcy Kaptur at a press conference Tuesday to talk about how the Great Lakes Authority proposal could help northwest Ohio. Read the full story by WNWO-TV – Toledo, OH. 

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-greatlakesauthorityproposal-kaptur

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The Great Lakes are very susceptible to microplastics, because of the enormous amount of industry and the concentration of the population around the lakes. The Cleveland Water Department began testing for microplastics in 2019 and are still working to understand the problem. Read the full story by Spectrum News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-microplastics-clevelandwater

Hannah Reynolds

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is reminding pet fish owners not to release their aquarium fish into state waters, since they can harm native fish species. Technicians found what appeared to be a foot-long goldfish during a fish survey this month on Lake Erie in Fairport Harbor, the division posted Monday to its Facebook page. Read the full story by WJW-TV – Cleveland, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220831-hugegoldfish-lakeerie

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On Thursday morning, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Mary Mertz, and members of their staffs boarded boats to enjoy the lake they have worked hard to protect. They fished for perch, cast for walleye, and searched for ways to further collaborate in their efforts to preserve Lake Erie. Read the full story by the Fremont News Messenger.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-ohiogov-lakeeriefishingtrip

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How do you make Lake Erie “smart”? The Cleveland Water Alliance (CWA) set out to do just that. Inspired by smart cities where you can get real-time traffic updates or find a parking space on your phone, they wondered… ‘what could the lake tell us?’ Now, the CWA is impacting public health and safety while attracting good-paying jobs to Cleveland. They are diving into the water economy. Read the full story by WKYC-TV – Cleveland, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-smartlakeerie-clejobs

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The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership today announced the tonnage report for traffic through the St. Lawrence Seaway through July, showing a continuation to a steady 2022 shipping season. Read the full story by KIWA – Sheldon, IA. 

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-grainshipments-greatlakes-stlawrence

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A new Beaver Island passenger ferry is expected to be built in the next three to five years after the state of Michigan budgeted $14 million for the vessel, according to officials of the Beaver Island Boat Company which operates the ferry service between Charlevoix, Michigan and Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Read the full story by Mlive.com.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-beaverisland-ferry

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An Ontario family paddled for 195 kilometres downstream on the St. Lawrence River this summer, in pursuit of a mission to canoe all the way from Guelph, Ont., to the Atlantic Ocean. Their canoe journey started six years ago, when some members of the family decided to explore the rivers near Guelph, their hometown. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-ontariofamilypaddles-stlawrenceriver

Hannah Reynolds

There have been more beach advisories issued this week along parts of Lake Superior. The Minnesota Department of Health says the only current advisory to not enter the water is at Twin Points Public Access Beach, north of Gooseberry Falls State Park, which began on Tuesday.  The alert is due to water testing finding elevated E. coli bacteria levels. Read the full story by Fox 21 Online.  

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-ripcurrentrisks-ecolioutbreaks

Hannah Reynolds

The Great Lakes Water Authority announced that the boil water advisory, which has been in effect for seven communities since a water main break was discovered on Aug. 13, has been lifted. Only one business in Greenwood remains under a boil water advisory. Read the full story by The Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20220822-watermainbreak-boiladvisorylifted

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