More than 700 freshwater researchers and practitioners are attending the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 67th annual conference in Windsor, Ontario. Presentation topics include algal blooms, climate change, the emergence of PFAS chemicals, and pollution caused by microplastics. Read the full story by The Toledo Blade.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-iaglr-2024

Taaja Tucker-Silva

Michigan’s most popular state park is launching a new electronic beach warning system that can automatically alert authorities of a drowning. The system is the latest effort to keep swimmers safe amid a spate of drowning deaths. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-beach-tech

Taaja Tucker-Silva

Over 20,000 individual cruise passengers are expected on the Great Lakes this year—double the number from 2014. There will be six cruise lines operating in the Great Lakes that are expected to make about 600 port visits this year. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-cruising-expectations

Taaja Tucker-Silva

The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority has reached an agreement with the owner of the decommissioned Somerset Generation Station to build a new Lake Ontario “short sea shipping corridor” and port at the 1,800-acre site in Barker, New York. Read the full story by the Niagara Gazette.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-ontario-port

Taaja Tucker-Silva

Concrete and steel casks storing spent nuclear fuel rods await relocation to a permanent underground chamber for indefinite cooling. Until that facility is built, they slowly accumulate on concrete pads along the Michigan coast. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-nuclear-waste

Taaja Tucker-Silva

Bald eagles are back in a big way: after 50 years of conservation efforts, the Ontario government made the bald eagle’s recovery official in 2023, announcing them no longer at risk. What’s happened to bald eagles is a story of recovery, but only if we actually learn from it. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-bald-eagles

Taaja Tucker-Silva

Scientists have been discovering small changes on Lake Michigan that could lead to big impacts on fishing, tourism and those who make their livelihood on the water. A slightly warmer, windier, and wetter climate has already begun to change the footprint of the lake and its impact on West Michigan. Read the full story by WOOD-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-michigan-changes

Taaja Tucker-Silva

The impact of maritime trade is multifaceted, from affecting the air quality of the surrounding Detroit River corridor to the arrival of invasive species. A series of initiatives are in motion to assess carbon emissions from port operations and bolster efforts to protect the waterway. Read the full story by Bridge Detroit.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-detroit-maritime

Taaja Tucker-Silva

This year, a joint effort by various non-profits and government organizations raised over 11,500 coho salmon to combat invasive alewives. Over the past 50 years they have released over 1 million coho salmon into the Manitowoc River in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Read the full story by WFRV-TV – Manitowoc, WI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-wisconsin-coho

Taaja Tucker-Silva

A judge is limiting development near the shoreline on Carleton Island in the St. Lawrence River near Cape Vincent, New York. The Thousand Islands Land Trust filed a lawsuit earlier this spring to stop a neighboring property owner from development that it argues violates a conservation easement. Read the full story by North Country Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240522-carleton-island

Taaja Tucker-Silva

Each year, the Great Lakes attract several million tourists from the U.S. and around the world. The Great Lakes hold one-fifth of all the fresh water on the Earth’s surface with a combined coastline extending for over 10,000 miles. However, those are some rather basic facts – whether it’s pirates, shipwrecks, or Babe Ruth’s first official home run, these fascinating tidbits are a bit less straightforward. Read the full story by Classic City News. 

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240520-greatlakes-facts

Hannah Reynolds

A Lake Erie documentary series produced in Erie is up for a prestigious award. ‘Lake Erie, Our Kin,’ a two-part series produced by Erie-based filmmakers John C. Lyons and Melissa A. Troutman has been nominated for two Emmy Awards in the Societal Concerns category in the 55th annual Central Great Lakes Emmy Awards. Read the full story by WJET-TV – Erie, PA. 

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240520-lakeerie-documentary-emmyawards

Hannah Reynolds

The S.S. Badger is back in service after a longer-than-expected offseason. It’s a sound that people in Manitowoc have waited 10 months for; the blowing horn of the S.S. Badger. The ferry, which is the largest one to cross Lake Michigan, arrived in Manitowoc at noon Friday. Read the full story by WTAQ-TV – Green Bay, WI. 

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240520-ssbadger-lakemichigancrossings

Hannah Reynolds

Michigan Clean Water Corps organization held its annual Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program on Saturday in Crystal Falls, Michigan. The purpose of the program is to help volunteers monitor indicators of water quality in their lakes. The program aims to teach attendees how to do things like measuring the clarity of the water. Read the full story by WLUC-TV – Negaunee, MI. 

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240520-michigancleanwatercorp-lakemonitoringefforts

Hannah Reynolds

More than $77 million in infrastructure and expansion projects are now being developed at Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor as a record construction season kicks off in the Lake Michigan port. Read the full story by Maritime Logistics Professionals. 

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240520-maritime-projects-lakemichigan

Hannah Reynolds

The toxic algae blooms that befoul Lake Erie and other regional waterways each summer are stinky, ugly and dangerous. They’ve killed dogs, sickened boaters and triggered rashes and respiratory problems for beachgoers — and there’s little doctors can do to help. However, there’s hope that medicine will eventually be available for people who are regularly exposed to the toxin. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan. 

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-greatlakes-algae-sickness

Hannah Reynolds

It’s taken over 30 years to restore Michigan’s Muskegon Lake and while many Muskegon residents are excited about the revitalized lake, others are concerned that the restored areas will attract high-end development and lead to less public access of the water. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-pfas-in-rain

Theresa Gruninger

A considerable amount of “forever chemicals” are making their way into the Great Lakes via the air and rain, a new study says. Findings published in Environmental Science and Technology, show that rain is primary way PFAS end up in Lake Superior, offering a stark reminder that even the lake that’s considered the most pristine isn’t safe from the toxic chemicals. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-pfas-in-rain

Theresa Gruninger

In an interview, the executive director of a Chicago-based water innovation hub discusses the need to focus on innovation and why water abundance is a double-edged sword. Read the full story by Great Lakes Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-chicago-city-water

Theresa Gruninger

Montréal played host to a landmark agreement as officials from Montréal, Québec City, and Milwaukee inked a pledge to turn the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin into an economic hub with a focus on sustainability. Read the full story by Hoodline.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-blue-green-economic-conference

Theresa Gruninger

St. Lawrence Seaway officials and guests gathered in Massena, New York Monday to celebrate the official opening of a new $7 million visitor center. The new facility includes a museum with 38 exhibits and a three-story viewing platform overlooking one of the Seaway’s two locks for huge ocean-going freighters. Read the full story by North Country Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-visitor-center

Theresa Gruninger

A bill containing $12 million to install a barrier in the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota to prevent invasive carp from swimming upstream is headed to Governor Tim Walz. If signed funding will become available July 1. Read the full story by Minnesota Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-invasive-carp

Theresa Gruninger

The Coast Guard warns that water temperatures in the St. Lawrence River range from 49 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and despite the recent warm weather, boaters should follow safety precautions to prevent hypothermia. Read the full story by WWTI-TV – Watertown, NY.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240517-cold-water-st-lawrence

Theresa Gruninger

The winner of a Great Lakes water quality competition is tackling microplastics pollution one washing machine at a time. Ten finalists from the United States and Canada presented their work to a four-judge panel at the AquaHacking Challenge at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan. Projects dealt with PFAS, lead contamination, microplastics, and nutrients. Read the full story by Interlochen Public Radio.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-water-innovation-challenge

Nichole Angell

Purvis Fisheries located on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron is one of 24 fisheries operating on the Great Lakes that have joined the 100% Great Lakes Fish Pledge. Through the project, signatories have committed to using 100 percent of their fish by 2025. The Manitoulin Island fishery’s commitment to make better use of its catch will create more value for the company while also improving its impact on the environment. Read the full story by BayToday.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-fishery-sustainable-pledge

Nichole Angell

An upcoming celebration of Great Lakes sturgeon is no big fish story, as the Friends of the St. Clair River will host its annual Sturgeon Fest on June 1 in Port Huron, Michigan. Those who attend the festival can experience the Great Lakes’ largest fish via a live sturgeon touch tank and hands-on activities. Read the full story by The Voice.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-sturgeon-festival

Nichole Angell

FishPass is a project aiming to reconnect the Ottaway or Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan, to Lake Michigan. With recent money granted the project is slated to start in June, marking the start of a long process to make dams smarter and capable of sorting beneficial fish species from invasive species. Read the full story by WMNN-TV – Cadillac, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-new-fishpass-project

Nichole Angell

The Huron River Watershed Council recently estimated the 148-year-old Peninsular Dam in Ypsilanti, Michigan, could come down in 2025 or 2026. The plan includes investing $10 million to revitalize a nearby public park that will grow as the river narrows. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-dam-removal

Nichole Angell

There are a few active large fires in southern Canada. Due to upper air flow the smoke from those fires will be blown into the Midwest. Satellite images show the milky white haze of smoke moving from the Dakotas into the western portion of the Great Lakes basin. Read the full story by MLive.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-early-wildfires

Nichole Angell

Harmful algal blooms have become the talk of the summer for nearly a decade in Lake Erie, especially as the heat cranks up. The record-breaking rainfall experienced this April is the main driver for the above-average algal bloom forecast this coming summer. Read the full story by WTOL11 – Toledo, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-early-algal-bloom

Nichole Angell

Nonprofit organizations in Northern Michigan will receive nearly $70,000 in funding from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund. With 21 grants awarded, the funds will support a variety of local initiatives including maritime preservation. Read the full story by Cheboygan Daily Tribune.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-nonprofit-funding

Nichole Angell

Central Michigan University’s Institute for Great Lakes Research recently acquired a two-person submersible that will help researchers get a better handle on what’s happening beneath the surface of the Great Lakes. Read the full story by Central Michigan University.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240515-submersible-vessel

Nichole Angell

Despite losing a few ships this year, experts say you can expect to see a lot of cruise ships once again on the Great Lakes this summer. A few popular cruise ports will include Little Current, Killarney, and Sault Ste. Marie. Read the full story by CTV News Northern Ontario.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240513-cruiseships-greatlakes-summer

Hannah Reynolds

The cause of a large number of dead and dying fish reported at Lake Macatawa, located near Holland in Ottawa County, Michigan, has been found. Testing of collected fish revealed positive cases of viral hemorrhagic septicemia. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240513-fish-dying-lakemacatawa

Hannah Reynolds

SUNY Oswego recently launched the Great Lakes Institute to foster a greater awareness and understanding of the Great Lakes through continuing research efforts, academic programming and coursework for students at all levels, and public outreach. Read the full story by Oswego County News Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240513-greatlakesinstitude-challenges-solutions

Hannah Reynolds

Readers across the Great Lakes states and Canada this year will participate in a basin-wide book club hosted by the Library of the Great Lakes. From now until September 2025, participants will read Michigan author Sally Cole-Misch’s The Best Part of Us and Ontario author Joanne Robertson’s children’s book, The Water Walker. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240513-summerread-book-club

Hannah Reynolds

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society announced a remarkable discovery on May 1st, 2024, unearthing the long-lost Adella Shores vessel beneath 650 feet of water, roughly 40 miles northwest of Whitefish Point in Michigan. Read the full story by WITL – Lansing, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240513-adellashores-shipwreck-lakesuperior

Hannah Reynolds

Despite hitting some rocky waters recently, it’s full steam ahead for the SS Badger this year, with the popular Lake Michigan car ferry setting sail for its 71st season May 17. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240513-ss-badger

Hannah Reynolds

The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is looking for support on a proposed Buffalo Reef stamp sand removal plan. Mining stamp sands are encroaching on the 22,000-foot reef and its status as spawning grounds for whitefish and trout. The sands would be moved to an upland location, stabilized, and monitored for any outflow. Read the full story by WLUC-TV – Marquette, MI.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240510-stamp-sand-removal

James Polidori

A White House official visited the Lake Elmo, Minnesota high school known as “ground zero” for PFAS contamination. Last year, state lawmakers passed Amara’s Law, named for a Tartan High School graduate who spent the last few months of her life lobbying Minnesota state lawmakers to crack down on the “forever chemicals” which contributed to her liver cancer diagnosis. Read the full story by Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240510-pfas-visit

James Polidori