In Sterling Heights, Michigan, the Sterling Heights Historical Commission unveiled the Holcombe Beach Historical Marker, which tells the story of the early Indigenous people in the Great Lakes region who made their home in the area surrounding the marker. Read the full story by the Macomb Daily.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231030-historic-marker-unveiled

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The WATERshed Program of Southeast Wisconsin has received more than $30,000 in grants to help Racine students learn about the value of living in a coastal community with freshwater resources, and to explore career paths in freshwater science and coastal engineering during the 2023-24 school year. Read the full story by The Journal Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231030-education-funding

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The Freshwater Summit in Traverse City, Michigan, was held for its 16th year last Friday to cast a wider net into freshwater research in northern Michigan. Many of the organizations taking part represent the continuing efforts on initiatives that impact the Great Lakes and Grand Traverse Bay regions. Read the full story by Up North Live.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231030-invasive-species-summit

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In Wisconsin, Lake Michigan’s water has begun flowing through the city of Waukesha’s precedent-setting new water distribution system. The Waukesha Water Utility developed an interactive map that will be updated as utility workers sample water coming from the open hydrants, confirming that lake water is present. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-water-supply

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A major maritime shoreline revitalization project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula will bring both economic and climate benefits when it expectedly reopens to the public in July 2024. The upgraded site will provide a valuable deep-water port on the lower St. Marys River for freighters or cruise ships within walking distance of the Soo’s downtown. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-shoreline-revitalization

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In June 2023, a pair of documentary filmmakers set out on their boat in Larsen Cove, Ontario, to work on a film about quagga mussels in the Great Lakes. They discovered a large wooden ship, whose whereabouts have been a mystery for the last 127 years. Read the full story by Canadian Geographic.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-shipwreck-discovery

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According to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the cleanup of the Grand Calumet River Area of Concern is now more than 50% complete. In addition, more than 900 acres of habitat are on their way to achieving or have achieved restoration goals. Read the full story by The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-habitat-restoration

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Holtec International, the owner of Palisades Power Plant in Covert Township, Michigan, has submitted paperwork to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking authorization to bring the shuttered nuclear plant back into production, which would be a first for the country. Read the full story by The Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-nuclear-plant-restart

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This week, a cyanobacteria bloom formed on Muskegon Lake near downtown Muskegon, Michigan, turning the water along the shoreline green with algae scum. According to a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy map of reported algae blooms, the bloom on October 2 is the third such verified occurrence on Muskegon Lake this year. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-algae-bloom

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff are conducting an evaluation study on marked splake at Lake Superior ports through 2030. The study is designed to help fisheries managers understand the percentage of stocked fish caught by anglers, the home range of splake, and harvest metrics such as harvest rates and fish size at harvest by year and location. Read the full story by Up North Voice.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-splake-study

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The historic Cloverland hydropower plant in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is among the longest standing renewable energy facilities in Michigan. Experts argue legacy facilities like this may become increasingly important as the state shifts away from fossil fuel-burning power plants. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-legacy-hydropower

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The problem of plastics in the Great Lakes is a subject of “The Blue Paradox,” an immersive, educational exhibition on view at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The exhibition explores the pervasiveness of plastic pollution and the steps we can take to address it. Read the full story by The Chicago Reader.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-plastic-exhibit

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In Muskegon County, Michigan, an updated Watershed Management Plan is being developed by the Mona Lake Watershed Council and the Muskegon Conservation District (MCD). The MCD sent 1,029 surveys to randomly selected landowners within the watershed as planning for ongoing protection of Mona Lake and its watershed can’t move forward without critical citizen input about uses and threats. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20231009-watershed-plan

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Lake Erie’s harmful algal bloom has been shrinking for about one or two weeks, but scientists don’t know yet when it will disappear. Last year’s bloom behaved differently from blooms in previous years, so that makes it harder to predict when the bloom will go away. Read the full story by the Sandusky Register.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-algal-bloom-shrink

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Revive Environmental, created by Battelle in Ohio, teamed up with Heritage-Crystal Clean, based in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area, to launch the PFAS Annihilator that destroys toxic PFAS chemicals. Once the process is complete, the PFAS-free water is sent to a local Publicly Owned Treatment Works facility, where it’s processed into drinking water. Read the full story by WXMI-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-pfas-annihilator

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The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded $5 million to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to establish the Global Center for Understanding Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Waters, which will be based at the university’s School for Environment and Sustainability. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-climate-center

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A birchbark canoe well over 100 years old has a new home in Kanien’kehá:ka territory south of Montreal, Québec, after spending decades in storage in Québec and Minnesota. While it’s currently on display in the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center, the canoe will eventually be housed in a new museum. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-canoe-returned

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StreamGo, a Hamilton, Ontario, company, has developed a process that not only removes PFAS, but also deconstructs the chemicals so they’re no longer harmful to the environment and humans. StreamGo has turned to the Buffalo Sewer Authority to help prove it has developed a system that can be applied to wastewater heavily contaminated with PFAS. Read the full story by The Buffalo News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-pfas-removal

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U.S. EPA Great Lakes Office director Chris Korleski recently spoke at the Areas of Concern (AOC) conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to emphasize the importance of partnerships in AOC remediation. The conference theme this year was “accelerate,” referring to President Biden’s February 2022 initiative to quicken the pace of AOC remediation by infusing an additional $1 billion over five years. Read the full story by Great Lakes Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-remediation-goals

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Steel production rose by 16,000 tons in the Great Lakes region last week, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute. Steel mills in Indiana’s Great Lakes region made 571,000 tons of metal in the week that ended September 16, up from 555,000 tons the previous week. Read the full story by The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-steel-production

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is actively investigating a new PFAS site in Courtland Township, where state officials have not pinpointed the source of the contamination. EGLE has identified several wells with PFAS levels ranging from 50 to 110 parts per trillion (ppt), significantly higher than the regulation levels of 8 to 16 ppt. Read the full story by WXMI-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-pfas-detection

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The input will be used for the creation of a city waterfront access master plan that will recommend potential access points along the stretch of Lake Ontario from Lakeshore Road West to Read Road. City-owned properties along the lake are being looked at for the study, including parks, beaches, trails and other spaces. Read the full story by the St. Catharines Standard.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-waterfront-access

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Members of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have netted lake trout in Lake Superior for the first time in more than 160 years. Band members and others say the event marks another chapter in the ongoing success story of Lake Superior’s lake trout resurgence. Read the full story by Duluth News Tribune.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230922-trout-resurgence

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In response to industrial-sized agricultural operations polluting waterways, Minnesota’s White Earth Nation is implementing a series of mandatory and enforceable pollution prevention and water conservation measures that challenge the voluntary practices that states and the federal government have embraced for the last half century. Read the full story by Great Lakes Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-wild-rice-protection

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A rise in the number of blue-green algae blooms in popular lakes close to Thunder Bay, Ontario may be a symptom of climate change, the region’s public-health agency suggests. Blue-green algae, which appears on the water’s surface, can be toxic and harmful to humans and animals if ingested. Read the full story by The Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-algae-impacts

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This month, two studies on plastic waste in the Great Lakes were published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. In both studies, the authors advised that it would be helpful if a bi-national agency would give some direction; they formally petitioned policy makers to include microplastics as a chemical to be regulated. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-plastic-studies

James Polidori

In Clay, New York, Micron Technology says it may use up to 48 million gallons per day by the time its upcoming project is built. Two experts, one on the utility side and one on the environmental side, recently discussed what 48 million gallons coming out of Lake Ontario would look like, and if it’s safe for the health of the lake and surrounding area. Read the full story by Spectrum News Syracuse.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-water-withdrawal-impacts

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The Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers (GSGP) contracted with Anna Tanski to serve as the organization’s inaugural tourism director to coordinate two GSGP regional marketing initiatives: Cruise the Great Lakes and Great Lakes USA. Tanski brings more than 32 years of experience in tourism and hospitality management. Read the full story by Seatrade Cruise News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-tourism-director

James Polidori

In Saginaw, Michigan, the Saginaw Children’s Zoo partnered with the Great Lakes Piping Plover Recovery Effort to help incubate, rear, and release plover chicks across the Great Lakes Bay region. Piping Plovers are tiny birds that live on the coast of the Great Lakes and have been an endangered species since 1986. Read the full story by WNEM-TV – Bay City, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-plover-recovery

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A new access point east of the city at Silver Harbour Conservation Area on Lake Superior saves divers a long swim, and having to scramble over rocks with their gear in order to reach a spot where half a dozen small, intentionally-submerged boats can be viewed. Read the full story by the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-diving-access

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Another season of the Lake Huron Coastal Centre’s Coastal Conservation Youth Corps has wrapped up its activities along the shoreline from coastal clean-ups to monitoring water quality and shoreline conditions. Read the full story by CKNX News Today.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-conservation-youth-program

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Central New York’s Water Authority has opened a new exhibit about the treatment and transmission of water at the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in downtown Syracuse. The Ontario Clean Water Agency educational exhibit, called How Your Water Works, will be on display through November 26 and features a water pipe display, historical timeline, and an interactive water table for children to enjoy. Read the full story by WSTM-TV – Syracuse, NY.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-water-treatment-exhibit

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Milwaukee-based multimedia production studio FuzzPop Workshop is presenting “Deep Lake Future,” an immersive and otherworldly art experience to showcase how invasive species have expanded beyond the Great Lakes into all facets of our lives. Read the full story by Milwaukee Record.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230901-invasive-species-exhibit

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Cleanup crews are trying to determine how much runoff from an industrial fire in Etobicoke, Ontario, has made its way into Lake Ontario. Although containment measures along Mimico Creek were reinforced last Wednesday, Thursday’s rain enabled the spill to move further down the creek to Lake Ontario. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-spill-runoff

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Low water levels are critical for manoomin, a sacred crop for the Ojibwe people of the Great Lakes region. But climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels is bringing more rain and flooding to Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, making harvests of wild rice less reliable. Read the full story by Minnesota Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-manoomin-threats

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Cruise ships provide a valuable commodity to the tourism areas of Georgian Bay in Lake Huron, but also produce non-garbage waste in the form of sewage or grey water. Transport Canada announced voluntary environmental measures for cruise ships in April of this year, before making them mandatory in late June; enforcement and a $250,000 maximum penalty would be imposed on non-compliant vessels. Read the full story by MidlandToday.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-cruise-regulation

James Polidori

City engineers are installing a water retention basin in Montreal, Québec, to end the need to dump excess sewage into the Lachine Canal during intense rainstorms, which happens five times each summer, on average. Every time the sewage water is diverted into the canal, authorities have to close it to recreational use for 72 hours. The St. Lawrence River into which the canal flows is also affected. Read the full story by The Montreal Gazette.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-water-retention

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Groundwater treatment systems will be installed near the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan, to address contamination from high levels of PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, in groundwater. Read the full story by The Associated Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-treatment-installation

James Polidori

In Flint, Michigan, more than 100 hatchery-raised lake sturgeon were released Saturday into the Flint River. The prehistoric type of fish used to be abundant in the Great Lakes but are now Federally listed species of concern. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-sturgeon-restoration

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For two decades, scientists have been studying toxic cyanobacterial blooms that have been expanding in the western basin of Lake Erie and causing dead zones in the central basin. The nutrient pollution that causes it, primarily from agriculture, is not regulated. Read the full story by Michigan Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-algae-reduction

James Polidori

Nearly 80 years after a plane flown by a member of the Tuskegee Airmen went down in Lake Huron, some of the wreckage has been recovered. Although the famed Tuskegee Airmen were based out of Alabama, advanced training exercises were conducted in Michigan during World War II. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-plane-recovery

James Polidori

Fairgoers to the Illinois State Fair chowed down this week on various forms of deep-fried copi, better known until last year as Asian carp. State conservation officials launched a rebranding effort last summer promoting copi as a light, tasty, protein-packed fish that’s more palatable than the notion of an aquatic invader. Read the full story by the Chicago Sun-Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-copi-branding

James Polidori

Sailing Saugatuck, a family-owned charter company that’s been sailing on Lake Michigan for 14 years, runs a two-hour sunset sail aboard the Schooner Serenity every day during the summertime in Saugatuck, Michigan, through October 7. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230821-sailing-trip

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Toledo-Lucas County, Ohio, Health Department officials announced Wednesday that the public should avoid all contact with water at Maumee Bay State Park due to cyanotoxin levels caused by the Lake Erie Algal Bloom. The public is not permitted to swim at Lake Erie Beach at the park and pets should be kept away from the water. Read the full story by WTOL-TV – Toledo, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230811-algal-bloom

James Polidori

The latest twice-a-year check of Flint’s water pipes by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) shows lead levels in its water dropped slightly during the first six months of this year, which follows a steady pattern of improvement. Flint is close to reaching a goal of replacing all lead service lines, as 95% of Flint residences have had their lead lines replaced. Read the full story by WKAR – East Lansing, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230811-lead-levels

James Polidori

The U.S. Coast Guard announced on Thursday that original estimates of the amount of diesel fuel that spilled into Lake Michigan from the damaged Manitowoc were too high. The cause of the hull breach that led to the spill and the exact amount of spillage continues to be investigated. Read the full story by the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20230811-spill-investigation

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