Green infrastructure job trainings aim to support growing field

By Elinor Epperson, Michigan Public

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; Michigan Public, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; and The Narwhal who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/green-infrastructure-job-trainings-aim-to-support-growing-field/

Michigan Public

Energy News Roundup: Climate change, energy transition are transforming the Great Lakes Region

Those living near the Palisades nuclear power plant in Southwest Michigan remain divided over plans to resurrect it. The proposed recommissioning would be the first for a retired nuclear plant in the United States — but could pave the way for more. At a recent meeting in Benton Harbor that marked the opening of a federal public comment period, some of the plant’s neighbors said they were excited about the jobs it would bring back or the low-carbon electricity it would send flowing back onto the grid.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/energy-news-roundup-climate-change-energy-transition-are-transforming-the-great-lakes-region/

Nicole Pollack, Great Lakes Now

Ship doomed on Lake Michigan now moored on National Register of Historic Places

This article was republished here with permission from Great Lakes Echo.

By Eric Freedman, Great Lakes Echo

A Detroit-built sailing ship that sank in Lake Michigan during an 1864 storm has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The three-masted Mojave, only 1 year old at the time, went down in heavy weather while northbound on the route from Chicago to Buffalo with a load of grain.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/ship-doomed-on-lake-michigan-now-moored-on-national-register-of-historic-places/

Great Lakes Echo

Lake Erie Charter Life

Captains were few and far between in 1979, when Tibbels Marina in Marblehead, Ohio got into the fishing charter business on Lake Erie. A few years earlier, in 1975, the state had 46 captains on Lake Erie. A few years later, when the Tibbels family launched its first boat, there were about 156.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/lake-erie-charter-life/

James Proffitt, Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Learning: All about aquaculture

This lesson will explore the phenomenon of whitefish population decline in the Jordan River by Green Bay, Wisconsin. Whitefish are an important source of food and commerce in the Great Lakes, but for over a century the population has been in flux due to a number of factors ranging from human impact to invasive species and climate change.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/great-lakes-learning-all-about-aquaculture/

Gary Abud Jr.

Foraged Flavors of the Sun: High Summer Wild Herbs and Plants

This story is a part of “A Year in the Wild Kitchen of the Great Lakes,” a series in partnership with expert forager Lisa M. Rose, with the mission of nurturing a deeper connection with the natural world through foraging. To get started with your foraging journey, begin here with our “Framework to Sustainable and Safe Practices.”

High summer brings an explosion of wild herbs and edible flowers like elderflower, Queen Anne’s lace, monarda, and chicory.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/foraged-flavors-of-the-sun-high-summer-wild-herbs-and-plants/

Lisa M. Rose

To tackle climate change, Michigan enlists a ‘corps’ of volunteers

By Gabrielle Nelson, Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Public, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/to-tackle-climate-change-michigan-enlists-a-corps-of-volunteers/

Bridge Michigan

I Speak for the Fish: The Quest for a Largemouth

I Speak for the Fish is a monthly column written by Great Lakes Now Contributor Kathy Johnson, coming out the third Monday of each month. Publishing the author’s views and assertions does not represent endorsement by Great Lakes Now or Detroit Public Television. 

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/i-speak-for-the-fish-the-quest-for-a-largemouth/

Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

New Michigan law requires homeowners associations to allow rooftop solar

By Izzy Ross, Interlochen Public Radio

This coverage is made possible through a partnership with IPR and Grist, a nonprofit independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future.

People who want to install solar panels on their roofs have to consider a lot: sunlight, cost, and coordinating with contractors and utilities.

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Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/new-michigan-law-requires-homeowners-associations-to-allow-rooftop-solar/

Interlochen Public Radio

What is a liquid? Utilities sue to avoid coal ash cleanup — and lose

By Gautama Mehta, Grist

This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here.

Across America, millions of tons of toxic waste are sitting in pits next to coal plants. But whether they will get cleaned up has come down to a legal debate over the definitions of words.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/what-is-a-liquid-utilities-sue-to-avoid-coal-ash-cleanup-and-lose/

Grist

PFAS News Roundup: End of Chevron deference may intensify drinking water contamination by further delaying PFAS cleanup, experts warn

In an article by the Wisconsin Examiner, legal experts cited the myriad of ways the Supreme Court ruling on Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo, which overturned the Chevron deference, will likely harm future PFAS litigation. The decision came just days after a group of utilities and chemical companies filed three lawsuits in the U.S.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/pfas-news-roundup-end-of-chevron-deference-may-intensify-drinking-water-contamination-by-further-delaying-pfas-cleanup-experts-warn/

Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

As climate change alters lakes, tribes and conservationists fight for the future of spearfishing

By Melina Walling and John Locher, Associated Press

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — Chilly nights on northern Wisconsin’s Chippewa Flowage don’t deter 15-year-old spearfisher Gabe Bisonette. He’s been learning the Ojibwe practice for so long now that when his headlamp illuminates the eye-shine of his quarry, he can communicate the sighting to his dad with hardly a word.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/as-climate-change-alters-lakes-tribes-and-conservationists-fight-for-the-future-of-spearfishing/

The Associated Press

FEMA will now consider climate change when it rebuilds after floods

By Jake Bittle, Grist

This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here.

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency spends millions of dollars to help rebuild schools and hospitals after a hurricane, it tries to make the community more resilient than it was before the storm.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/fema-will-now-consider-climate-change-when-it-rebuilds-after-floods/

Grist

Great Lakes Learning: Bringing back buffalo reef

This lesson will explore the phenomenon of stamp sand deposition in the Buffalo Reef near the Traverse Bay area of Lake Superior. Native fish species use this ecosystem to spawn in the Great Lakes, but the remnants of copper mine waste are threatening their populations—and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihood.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/great-lakes-learning-bringing-back-buffalo-reef/

Gary Abud Jr.

Waves of Change: Meet Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong

Waves of Change is an online interview series highlighting the diverse faces and perspectives shaping the environmental justice movement throughout the Great Lakes region.

This month, we spoke with Regina Strong, Environmental Justice Public Advocate at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

For anyone in Michigan, there are two important timely things to note from the interview:

  • Applications for the MI EJ Impact grants, open through July 15, 2024.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/waves-of-change-meet-regina-strong/

Great Lakes Now

A cleaner Cuyahoga River faces a growing threat from stormwater runoff

By Zaria Johnson, Ideastream Public Media

This story was originally published by Ideastream.

The recent 55th anniversary of the 1969 Cuyahoga River fire serves as a reminder to Northeast Ohio residents of the benefits from decades of work cleaning up industrial contamination in the river.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/a-cleaner-cuyahoga-river-faces-a-growing-threat-from-stormwater-runoff/

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Beaver Island takes early steps to test wave energy in its waters

By Izzy Ross, Interlochen Public Radio

This coverage is made possible through a partnership with IPR and Grist, a nonprofit independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future.

A project off the shore of Beaver Island could harness the power of Lake Michigan’s waves to generate renewable energy.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/beaver-island-takes-early-steps-to-test-wave-energy-in-its-waters/

Interlochen Public Radio

This SCOTUS decision may make it harder to protect Michigan air and water

This article was republished here with permission from Planet Detroit.

By Brian Allnutt, Planet Detroit

  • The Supreme Court Chevron decision overturned a federal law principle requiring courts to defer to agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous laws.
  • The ruling could jeopardize federal rules designed to address things like PFAS pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/this-scotus-decision-may-make-it-harder-to-protect-michigan-air-and-water/

Planet Detroit

Environmentalists appeal Michigan regulators’ approval of pipeline tunnel project

By Todd Richmond, Associated Press

Environmentalists are challenging Michigan regulators’ decision to approve encasing part of an aging Enbridge Energy oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel connecting two Great Lakes, arguing that they failed to properly consider alternatives that would minimize climate impacts.

The Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Michigan Climate Action Network filed a brief with a state appellate court Thursday.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/environmentalists-appeal-michigan-regulators-approval-of-pipeline-tunnel-project/

The Associated Press

A Symbol of Survival: Red Pine Peels and Ojibwe Canoe Factories

“Nibi Chronicles,” a monthly Great Lakes Now feature, is written by Staci Lola Drouillard. A Grand Portage Ojibwe direct descendant, she lives in Grand Marais on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Her nonfiction books “Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe” and “Seven Aunts” were published 2019 and 2022, and the children’s story “A Family Tree” in 2024.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/a-symbol-of-survival-red-pine-peels-and-ojibwe-canoe-factories/

Staci Lola Drouillard

How much can wetland restoration reduce farm fertilizers getting into Lake Erie?

By Lester Graham, Michigan Public

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; Michigan Public, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; and The Narwhal who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/how-much-can-wetland-restoration-reduce-farm-fertilizers-getting-into-lake-erie/

Michigan Public

Wild Berry Bonanza: Juicy Jewels of the Great Lakes Summer

Part of “A Year in the Wild Kitchen of the Great Lakes,” a series in partnership with expert forager, Lisa M. Rose with the mission of nurturing a deeper connection with the natural world through foraging. To get started with your foraging journey, begin here with our “Framework to Sustainable and Safe Practices.”

Summer in the Great Lakes region is a magical time, with long, warm days and the sweet taste of freshly picked berries.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/wild-berry-bonanza-juicy-jewels-of-the-great-lakes-summer/

Lisa M. Rose

Great Lakes Moment: An ecosystem approach

Great Lakes Moment is a monthly column written by Great Lakes Now Contributor John Hartig. Publishing the author’s views and assertions does not represent endorsement by Great Lakes Now or Detroit PBS.

Traditional natural resource management used to focus on individual issues, like controlling pollution from industries and municipal wastewater treatment plants or managing a single species.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/07/great-lakes-moment-ecosystem-approach/

John Hartig

Waves of Change: Meet Little Village Environmental Justice Organization executive director Kim Wasserman

Waves of Change is an online interview series highlighting the diverse faces and perspectives shaping the environmental justice movement throughout the Great Lakes region.

This month, we spoke with Kim Wasserman, executive director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization.

Listen to the full interview

Wasserman played a major role in a years long campaign to close two Chicago coal plants that were negatively impacting residents’ health.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/waves-of-change-meet-little-village-environmental-justice-organization-executive-director-kim-wasserman/

Great Lakes Now

Inside is Not the Answer: Air quality in the Great Lakes

In the Detroit area, people experience unsafe levels of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone in the air they breathe. These pollutants are attributed with adverse health effects such as heart disease, respiratory issues, and cancer. 

The University of Michigan is part of an ongoing Detroit research partnership, Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments (CAPHE).

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/inside-is-not-the-answer-air-quality-in-the-great-lakes/

Mia Litzenberg

PFAS News Roundup: Ohio train derailment likely spilled PFAS and other chemicals across 16 states, including most Great Lakes

Chemicals like perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were likely spilled after the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. A new study analyzing rain and snow samples from northern Wisconsin to North Carolina and Maine found the highest levels of pH and certain compounds recorded over the last 10 years. This study proves that the various chemicals spilled did not just negatively impact local residents but spread across 540,000 square miles through 16 other states — which includes a third of the U.S.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/pfas-news-roundup-ohio-train-derailment-likely-spilled-pfas-and-other-chemicals-across-16-states-including-most-great-lakes/

Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

From Waters to Table: The story of the Great Lakes whitefish

Whitefish, a pale, silvery and green-brown freshwater fish is Native to the Great Lakes Basin and a staple in the community, food, and culture of Native tribes surrounding the Great Lakes. The Anishinaabe people have held the whitefish in high regard since creation. 

“Whitefish is one of the species that is a part of our creation story,” explained Doug Craven, Natural Resources Director for Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa. 

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/from-waters-to-table-the-story-of-the-great-lakes-whitefish/

Neely Bardwell

Expecting smoke to be a more frequent part of seasonal planning

I was taking out the trash one evening this May when I noticed it. The sky had a reddish tint, and the air smelled faintly of smoke. Like many people across the Great Lakes region, I learned last summer to recognize the telltale signs of wildfire smoke. Amid a big year for wildfires in Canada, many of us got used to outbreaks of pollution caused by smoke from up north.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/expecting-smoke-to-be-a-more-frequent-part-of-seasonal-planning/

Sean Ericson, Great Lakes Now

Surviving a metro Detroit summer in the climate change era

This article was republished here with permission from Planet Detroit.

By Nina Ignaczak, Planet Detroit

Summer is here. Planet Detroit, in partnership with Great Lakes Now, hosted a compelling panel featuring experts from the National Weather Service, Eastside Community Network, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and the Dearborn Department of Health.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/surviving-a-metro-detroit-summer-in-the-climate-change-era/

Planet Detroit

Cornish Roots & Nettle Shoots: A Foraged Pasty Recipe from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

This story is a part of “A Year in the Wild Kitchen of the Great Lakes,” a series in partnership with expert forager Lisa M. Rose with the mission of nurturing a deeper connection with the natural world through foraging. To get started with your foraging journey, begin here with our “Framework to Sustainable and Safe Practices.”

Foraging encourages sustainability and promotes a deeper understanding of ecological balance by fostering a relationship with local ecosystems.

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Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/cornish-roots-nettle-shoots-a-foraged-pasty-recipe-from-michigans-upper-peninsula/

Lisa M. Rose

Points North: Copper Country’s Conundrum

By Ellie Katz, Interlochen Public Radio

Points North is a biweekly podcast about the land, water and inhabitants of the Great Lakes.

This episode was shared here with permission from Interlochen Public Radio. 

Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula has long been a mining region.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/points-north-copper-countrys-conundrum/

Interlochen Public Radio

Audit finds mix of successes, problems with Great Lakes restoration grants

By Kelly House, Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Public, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/audit-finds-mix-of-successes-problems-with-great-lakes-restoration-grants/

Bridge Michigan

Millions sweating it out as heat wave nears peak from Midwest to Maine

By Nick Perry and Holly Ramer, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A heat wave extending from the Midwest to New England moved closer to a breaking point Thursday, with millions of people sweating it out for another day.

The National Weather Service said the heat wave was expected to peak in the eastern Great Lakes and New England on Thursday, and in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic on Friday or the weekend.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/millions-sweating-it-out-as-heat-wave-nears-peak-from-midwest-to-maine/

The Associated Press

Energy News Roundup: Great Lakes shipping industry says it could use decarbonization funding too

Ports across the Great Lakes region are racing to slash their carbon emissions to comply with international climate targets. But the ships that dock at the region’s ports say they have largely been left out of government incentives to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. There is currently only one U.S.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/energy-news-roundup-great-lakes-shipping-industry-says-it-could-use-decarbonization-funding-too/

Nicole Pollack, Great Lakes Now

Heat Islands in the Great Lakes: Community, infrastructure and fresh water solutions

This is the second half of a series on heat islands around the Great Lakes. Part one is on the human health cost. Part two is on the science behind combating the urban heat island effect, solutions to the complex problem, and the role the Great Lakes play.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/heat-islands-in-the-great-lakes-community-infrastructure-and-fresh-water-solutions/

Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

Why some municipalities are looking at putting solar panels on water

By Lester Graham and Rebecca Williams, Michigan Public

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; Michigan Public, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; and The Narwhal who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/why-some-municipalities-are-looking-at-putting-solar-panels-on-water/

Michigan Public

Canada-U.S. mayors want to tap Great Lakes region’s water for economic transformation

While gathering in Montreal recently, perhaps the Great Lakes region’s mayors took a page from urban planner Daniel Burnham’s playbook which said, “make no little plans.” From Burhham’s legendary Plan of Chicago.

At the mayors’ annual conference, the focus was on nothing less than an “economic transformation” in the Great Lakes and St.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/canada-u-s-mayors-want-to-tap-great-lakes-regions-water-for-economic-transformation/

Gary Wilson, Great Lakes Now

I Speak for the Fish: What’s a true bass?

I Speak for the Fish is a monthly column written by Great Lakes Now Contributor Kathy Johnson, coming out the third Monday of each month. Publishing the author’s views and assertions does not represent endorsement by Great Lakes Now or Detroit PBS. Check out her previous columns.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/i-speak-for-the-fish-whats-a-true-bass/

Kathy Johnson, Great Lakes Now

PFAS News Roundup: Michigan farmer threatens to sue EPA over PFAS

A beef farmer from Michigan, Jason Grostic, is the first to be shutdown by state standards of acceptable PFAS in biosolids. Grostic is now one of many farmers across the country threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He said the biosolids, or fertilizer, that he used was not only EPA-approved but recommended, and that the government “dropping the ball” should not be the reason he’s on the brink of bankruptcy.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/pfas-news-roundup-michigan-farmer-threatens-to-sue-epa-over-pfas/

Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

Heat Islands in the Great Lakes: The human health cost

This is part one of a two-part series on heat islands around the Great Lakes. Part one is on the human health cost. Part two is on the science behind urban heat islands, solutions to the complex problem, and the role the Great Lakes play.

In Cleveland, Ohio, it’s best to leave the city proper and head to the suburbs for a big outdoor celebration.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/heat-islands-in-the-great-lakes-the-human-health-cost/

Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

Butterflies race for state insect status

This article was republished here with permission from Great Lakes Echo.

By Vladislava Sukhanovskaya, Great Lakes Echo

Three butterflies are racing to become Michigan’s official state insect – and one of them is ahead, at least politically.

The black swallowtail butterfly, a native of Michigan, spends its whole life cycle in the state hibernating as pupa under leaves during winter and hatching in the spring.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/butterflies-race-for-state-insect-status/

Great Lakes Echo

Birders flock to the Capitol to urge lawmakers to pass bills to improve the environment

By Lester Graham, Michigan Public

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; Michigan Public, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; and The Narwhal who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/birders-flock-to-the-capitol-to-urge-lawmakers-to-pass-bills-to-improve-the-environment/

Michigan Public

Points North: To catch an arsonist

By Daniel Wanschura, Interlochen Public Radio

Points North is a biweekly podcast about the land, water and inhabitants of the Great Lakes.

This episode was shared here with permission from Interlochen Public Radio. 

Conservation warden Dave Zeug is on edge.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/points-north-to-catch-an-arsonist/

Interlochen Public Radio

A freighter ship in Lake Superior collided with something underwater, Coast Guards says

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A freighter in Lake Superior hit something underwater on Saturday and started taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Great Lakes district received reports about 6:53 a.m. that a 689-foot-long (210-meter-long) ship called the Michipicoten had collided with something about 35 miles (56 kilometers) southwest of Isle Royale, which is part of the state of Michigan.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/a-freighter-ship-in-lake-superior-collided-with-something-underwater-coast-guards-says/

The Associated Press

Energy News Roundup: Coal ash still a concern in Indiana Superfund town near Lake Michigan

Coal ash is packed with harmful pollutants. Residents of a northern Indiana town less than a mile from Lake Michigan may have been exposed to unsafe levels of contamination for almost a decade, even after being told that they were safe, an IndyStar investigation found. A coal ash cleanup plan developed in 2016 by electric utility NIPSCO was based on flawed data included by a hired consultant with ties to the coal industry, according to the investigation.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/energy-news-roundup-coal-ash-still-a-concern-in-indiana-superfund-town-near-lake-michigan/

Nicole Pollack, Great Lakes Now

‘None of us saw this coming’: Michigan confronts bird flu in cows

By Izzy Ross, Interlochen Public Radio

This coverage is made possible through a partnership with IPR and Grist, a nonprofit independent media organization dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future.

Laurie Stanek shovels hay in front of a group of young, black and white Holstein cows.

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Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/none-of-us-saw-this-coming-michigan-confronts-bird-flu-in-cows/

Interlochen Public Radio

Michigan Bottlers Still Get Free Water, Despite Governor’s Tough Talk

By Anna Clark, photography by Sarahbeth Maney

This story was originally published by ProPublica.

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When Gretchen Whitmer campaigned for Michigan governor in 2018, she took aim at Michigan’s bottled water industry — and the state policy that gave it unfettered access to free water.

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Indiana attorney general fights EPA rule that would reduce pollution on Indy’s west side

By Enrique Saenz, Mirror Indy

Mirror Indy is a part of Free Press Indiana, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to ensuring all Hoosiers have access to the news and information they need.

A controversial plan to build a 200-acre retail development along the Indianapolis border with Greenwood is on hold after a state agency denied the developer’s permit application.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/indiana-attorney-general-fights-epa-rule-that-would-reduce-pollution-indys-west-side/

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Drugs, microplastics and forever chemicals: new contaminants emerge in the Great Lakes

By Fatima Syed, The Narwhal

Rania Hamza calls it “a coincidence” that an engineer, a biologist and a lawyer at the same Toronto university were independently worrying about the harmful substances and chemicals being flushed down Ontario’s toilets. Three years ago, after figuring out they were all interested in the same thing, the unlikely trio came together to highlight a major gap in policy.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/06/drugs-microplastics-and-forever-chemicals-new-contaminants-emerge-in-the-great-lakes/

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