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While Lake Michigan water temperatures are above-average this year, some areas along the Michigan coast have seen fluctuations of 30-degrees Fahrenheit due to upwelling of colder waters from the bottom of the lake to the surface. Read the full story by…

With the recent high-water levels on Lake Superior, high-waves and storms have caused large runoff landslides, rock falls, tree blow-downs and new sand deposits along the Apostle Islands shorelines. Read the full story by the RiverTowns.

A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers from Northeast Ohio sent a letter to the Ohio Power Siting Board requesting that they reconsider the terms of the permit granted to the Lake Erie Energy Development Company’s 20.7-megawatt demonstration offshore wind project. The permit restricts the hours of the year the proposed wind farm can operate. Read […]

With warmer than average surface water temperatures on the Great Lakes this year, researchers are asking the public to help spot any harmful algal blooms on Lake Superior. Read the full story by Wisconsin Public Radio.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thursday unveiled a new, 10-year plan for further examination of acidification of the country’s oceans, coastline and Great Lakes. The plan includes expanding monitoring and research on the impa…

A new collective of community foundations called the Smart Citizen Science Initiative wants to combine big data and smartphones to grow community interest in protecting Lake Erie and its tributaries.  The group hopes to deploy a small gadget that can be connected to a smartphone to measure algae in the lake and connecting waterways. Read […]

A young man from Kettle & Stony Point First Nation and the Saugeen Ojibway Nationis on a 28-day canoe journey along the shore of Lake Huron to help others understand the importance of the lake and the complex and troubled relationship between the water, First Nations, and settler populations. Read the full story by Anishinabek […]

As high lake levels continue to erode shoreline along Lake Michigan, the state of Michigan is granting permits to homeowners to install armored shoreline features to protect their property. However, scientists warn that hard shoreline barriers interrupt the Great Lakes’ natural processes in ways that will worsen erosion over time. Read the full story by […]

Two reports created by New York state agencies recommending further studies of offshore wind on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie were met with concern by groups that oppose wind energy on the Great Lakes. Read the full story by the Niagara Gazette.

For the first time in 103 years, the Manitou Island Transit ferry service is not sailing to North and South Manitou Islands in Lake Michigan. High water levels caused unsafe and poor dockage on the islands, causing the company owners to cease operation…

Enbridge Energy shut down part of the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac following “significant damage” to an anchor support on the lake bottom. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer demanded that Enbridge cease all oil transport in the pipeline, including the undamaged segment, until they could provide the pipeline’s integrity. Read the full […]