A recent lawsuit accusing Campbell Soup of discharging excessive amounts of phosphorus and other contaminants into Northwest Ohio waterways is highlighting challenges the state faces in targeting harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Read the full story by WVIZ-TV – Cleveland, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-nutrient-pollution

James Polidori

Over the last ten years, the walleye fishery of Saginaw Bay has rebounded from a point of total collapse into a first-class sport fishery. It’s only gotten better since, aided by, among other factors, the collapse of introduced alewives that had preyed upon young walleyes. Read the full story by Midland Daily News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-walleye-resurgence

James Polidori

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging boaters to take caution as drought conditions persist throughout the state. According to the DNR, 40% of Minnesota is currently experiencing severe or moderate drought conditions. Read the full story by WCCO-TV – Minneapolis, MN.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-drought-impacts

James Polidori

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, opened to marine traffic on March 22, marking the start of the 2024 shipping season. Soon, ports in places like Manistee, Michigan, will welcome the first large vessels of the year. Read the full story by Manistee News Advocate.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-shipping-season

James Polidori

It has been nearly two years since the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its creative endeavor to rename invasive carp as copi and encourage people to eat the fish. Though the IDNR teamed up with chefs and food retailers, it’s still almost impossible to find on store shelves. Read the full story by WOOD-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-copi-sales

James Polidori

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 18,091 gallons of diesel have been collected as part of a cleanup effort for last month’s diesel fuel spill at a gas station in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. Read the full story by WTOL-TV – Toledo, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-leak-cleanup

James Polidori

The Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie Fish Program administrator responded to an online controversy by reassuring the public that while various commercial cases have been brought over the last ten years, none have been for overharvesting perch. Read the full story by The Columbus Dispatch.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-perch-concern

James Polidori

The first oceangoing vessel of the 2024 shipping season, the Barbro G, sailed into the port of Duluth-Superior just before noon Monday morning, marking the traditional opening of the Great Lakes shipping season in the Twin Ports. Read the full story by Minnesota Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-shipping-season

James Polidori

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin for Lake Erie boaters regarding the April 8 total solar eclipse. According to the Coast Guard boater bulletin, the eclipse may present challenges and potential distractions for those who navigate and operate commercial vessels on the Great Lakes. Read the full story by WJW-TV – Cleveland, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-eclipse-bulletin

James Polidori

Twenty-five years ago, several lower Detroit River islands and marshes were threatened by development. As part of a strategy to save these ecosystems, local conservationists coined the term “Conservation Crescent” to raise awareness of the value and benefits of this crescent-shaped archipelago of islands and wetlands. Read the full story by Great Lakes Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-conservation-crescent

James Polidori

In Holland, Michigan, local explorers from the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association announced that they had discovered the remarkably intact remains of the 1886 shipwreck of Muskegon-based steam barge, Milwaukee. Read the full story by WWMT-TV – Kalamazoo, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-shipwreck-discovery

James Polidori

Brook trout and Atlantic salmon are native to Lake Ontario, but in 1873, the Canadian federal government began stocking the lake with non-native salmonids. Now, most of these fish are from the wild, not hatchery-raised, and while these fish aren’t native to Lake Ontario, they’re now an important part of the ecosystem. Read the full story by The Narwhal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-fish-stocking

James Polidori

The state of Michigan released new fishing regulations for the 2024 season, including combined possession limits for lake trout and splake in certain waters and a licensing requirement for charter boat captains and inland fishing guides. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-fishing-regulations

James Polidori

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell says she expects continued bipartisan government action on improving and protecting Great Lakes water quality, despite the fact that this is a bitterly partisan election year. Read the full story by Midland Daily News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240403-bipartisan-priorities

James Polidori

The owner of the decommissioned Palisades nuclear power plant on the shores of Lake Michigan about five miles south of South Haven, Michigan, is better known for decommissioning nuclear plants. Its endeavor to restart the plant is one that has never been attempted in the United States. Read the full story by Michigan Public.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-nuclear-plant-restart

James Polidori

Alongside the lack of ice coverage, unseasonable winter temperatures in the Great Lakes region are creating the conditions for the proliferation of invasive species, strain on the lakes’ natural, temperature-driven stratification process, and the rise of toxic algal blooms. Read the full story by the Daily Herald.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-climate-impacts

James Polidori

The regional grid operator that oversees electric reliability in 15 states, including nearly all of Michigan, recently released a series of proposed transmission projects aimed at stabilizing the power grid in the future as more renewables come online and coal plants retire. However, the up to $23 billion plan left out one notable project: an underwater cable across Lake Michigan connecting the lakeshore with eastern Wisconsin. Read the full story by Crain’s Grand Rapids Business.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-power-supply

James Polidori

On World Water Day, the Canadian government announced $800,000 in funding to improve water in the Saint Lawrence River. The money from is being used for initiatives that are part of the Saint Lawrence Action Plan that began in 2011 and runs until 2026. Read the full story by CTV News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-water-quality-funding

James Polidori

Explorers from the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association have discovered and identified the remains of the steam barge Milwaukee, which sank in 1886, about 40 miles west of Holland, Michigan. Read the full story by WXMI-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-shipwreck-discovery

James Polidori

The northwestern Ontario site being considered for a nuclear waste repository is safe for that use, according to the industry-funded organization tasked with creating a repository. So is the other site on the shortlist for the proposed deep geological repository, according to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Read the full story by MidlandToday.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-nuclear-repository

James Polidori

The 2023-2024 season marked the warmest winter on record for the lower 48 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The change in the weather has had an outsize impact on the festivals, events and tourism that define the Great Lakes identity. Read the full story by CNN.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240325-winter-impacts

James Polidori

To prevent the movement of invasive carp into the Great Lakes, the states of Illinois and Michigan and the Army Corps of Engineers need to sign an agreement, but for months they have been locked in a stalemate over what comes next. Read the full story by WBEZ – Chicago, IL.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-invasive-carp-prevention

James Polidori

The U.S. Department of Justice and environmental groups filed two lawsuits against Campbell Soup in Napoleon, Ohio, accusing the company of allowing wastewater and pollutants to flow unchecked into the Maumee River, which flows into Lake Erie, for years. Read the full story by CBS News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-pollution-lawsuit

James Polidori

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is challenging a decision that federal courts have jurisdiction over the future of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5. That’s after a judge moved her legal challenge from the Ingham County Circuit Court to a U.S. district court. Read the full story by Michigan Public.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-pipeline-litigation

James Polidori

A combination of sand movement and awareness of who to contact are likely why so many more shipwrecks were discovered in Lake Michigan last year. It’s possible that water level changes caused the sand bars to shift dramatically, uncovering shipwrecks in shallower waters. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-shipwreck-discoveries

James Polidori

For World Water Day, the Ontario Salt Pollution Coalition is sounding the alarm on the damage done by road salt and is calling on the province of Ontario to do more to mitigate the risk of contamination to groundwater, rivers, lakes and drinking water. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-water-advocacy

James Polidori

Staff from the Superior National Forest and three Bands of Chippewa Indigenous Nations recently met in Grand Portage, Minnesota, to engage together on “Shared Learning for Co-Stewardship.” The two-day training addressed Indigenous tribal sovereignty, treaty rights and trust obligations, traditional ecological knowledge, and tribal stewardship priorities. Read the full story by Red Lake Nation News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-stewardship-training

James Polidori

Friends of the Thunder Bay Marine Sanctuary announced their children’s program lineup for this year’s Summer in the Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. The program is designed to get kids interested and involved with the Great Lakes through educational and immersive activities that get them near, on, and even under the water. Read the full story by The Alpena News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-childrens-programs

James Polidori

The Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary is one of 15 places in the country that have received the marine sanctuary designation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast is home to dozens of shipwrecks that represent and preserve both a moment frozen in time and a window into the past. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-marine-sanctuary

James Polidori

On March 21, 1953, the now historic S.S. Badger set off on its maiden voyage on Lake Michigan. The S.S. Badger and its sister ships are the last — and the largest — coal-fired, steam engine car ferries built in the United States. Read the full story by WWTV-TV – Cadillac, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240322-car-ferry-history

James Polidori

Barring a late season snowstorm, the state of Michigan expects to use 175,000 tons less salt than usual which would save the state about $10 million. While applying salt reduces the risk of winter collisions, the briny runoff seeps into the soil and harms plants, or trickles into underground aquifers, rivers and lakes, polluting the water. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-salt-reduction

James Polidori

Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that all five Great Lakes are below the lowest ice levels on record at this point of the season. As of Monday, only 1.21% of the Great Lakes were covered in ice; comparatively, on March 11, 2022, the Great Lakes had nearly 39% ice coverage. Read the full story by WOOD-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-ice-cover

James Polidori

A University of Windsor project, in partnership with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, is breeding lake sturgeon for eventual release into the Detroit River to combat their declining populations. The project means Windsor is one of the only places in Canada where you can see juvenile sturgeon in vast quantities. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-sturgeon-breeding

James Polidori

Environmental advocates in Michigan are pushing for legislation to require periodic inspections of septic systems statewide. Despite its vast water resources, Michigan remains the only state without a statewide sanitary code, which would include septic systems. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-septic-regulation

James Polidori

In Illinois, the Yorkville City Council okayed the next agreement needed to begin receiving water from Lake Michigan. Because the city is currently drawing water from an aquifer expected to diminish in the coming years, it is joining the DuPage Water Commission which purchases and transports Lake Michigan water from the city of Chicago. Read the full story by WSPY – Plano, IL.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-water-agreement

James Polidori

According to American Iron and Steel Institute, steel mills in the Great Lakes region, clustered mainly along the south shore of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana, made 586,000 tons of metal in the week that ended March 9. This represents an increase of 3.5%, despite national steel production trailing last year’s pace by 3.3%. Read the full story by The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-steel-production

James Polidori

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be collecting over 23 million walleye fry starting March 18 through April 12, raising them to fingerling size and stocking Muskegon-area rivers, ponds and lakes. Experts say this helps keep the walleye population up, which is essential for many inland lake ecosystems. Read the full story by WZZM-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-walleye-stocking

James Polidori

This winter saw record low ice cover across the Great Lakes, which are among the fastest-warming lakes in the world. However, less ice means ships can travel longer, leading some to wonder whether the shipping season could be extended, a potential silver lining of declining ice. Read the full story by WUWM – Milwaukee, WI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-shipping-impacts

James Polidori

In what may be the first announcement of its kind in the state, the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association plans to reveal the identity of its latest shipwreck discovery during a live event later this month in Holland, Michigan. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240313-shipwreck-event

James Polidori

Piping plovers have returned to the same shoreline breeding locations for decades, but new and less desirable nest sites are appearing because many old sites no longer exist. Climate change impacts water levels in the Great Lakes; when water rises, old sites are flooded out and beaches are reduced. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240223-piping-plover-habitat

James Polidori

While the Great Lakes shoreline is usually armored in the winter by ice cover, this year’s record low level of ice cover means coastal areas face a risk of more erosion. As climate forecasts anticipate continued dwindling of ice coverage each winter, ongoing maintenance along the shoreline to prevent erosion may be needed moving forward. Read the full story by WSJM-FM – Benton Harbor, MI.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240223-coastal-threats

James Polidori