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Over 30 years ago I helped the Nature Conservancy of Wis with their acquisition of most of Point au Sable.

Then by pure luck and over one year of work, I put together the transaction for the Northeastern Wis Land Trust for their acquisition of the “Twin Silos” 11 acres + property along Nicolet Drive which gave the Land Trust access to an additional 60+ acres that they also purchased.

This took over a year of work and is one of my most favorite transactions I ever did in my 35 years in real estate. I live very close to this area and can even see Point au Sauble from my windows of our bay cottage.

There is more to this as hopefully more property will be added to make this the finest future nature park in NE Wisconsin!

A red-headed woodpecker pauses from foraging on a tree. Photo by Debbie Koenigs/USFWS.

Read the full article: https://fws.gov/midwest/news/wequiockcreek.html?fbclid=IwAR1R80l5-tWFkCw3P9sQWUThKuuEIeqNsheGhhc_zkmdRcXotLMJJKxfs70

Billions in environmental justice funds hang in the balance

By Drew Costley, AP Science Writer

Tens of billions of dollars for U.S. environmental justice initiatives originally proposed in a $3.5 trillion domestic spending package now hang in the balance as Democrats decide how to trim the bill down to $2 trillion.

Investments in a wide range of these projects were proposed in the Build Back Better plan, but Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona demanded that the bill be reduced, with Manchin asking for it to be cut by as much as half.

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Center in UP to look at impact of oil spills in freshwater

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s eastern Upper Peninsula has been selected as a hub for a center that will look at the impacts of oil spills in freshwater environments.

The U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for the Great Lakes also will help develop effective responses to spills, according to the school.

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A recent study published in Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences measured the ice coverage of 60 lakes, and found that climate change has contributed to faster rates of ice loss. Scientist found that of those 60 lakes, Lake Superior was warming the fastest and has lost over 60 days of ice cover since 1857. Read the full story by CBC News.

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Theresa Gruninger

The newly launched Great Lakes FreshFishFinder.org highlights businesses where consumers can buy locally produced fish across the entire Great Lakes region. The site’s focal point is an interactive map that allows users to find a variety of fish products and offerings. Read the full story by MLive.

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Theresa Gruninger

Erie Hack, sponsored by the Cleveland Water Alliance and others, is a contest being held around Lake Erie to promote new ideas to address serious water issues in the region. Read more about the four innovative ideas that have made it into the contest’s semifinals. Read the full story the Plain Dealer.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211025-erie-hack

Theresa Gruninger

PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has contaminated waterways and private drinking wells in Wisconsin for decades. Between July and October, officials in nearby Eau Claire, Wisconsin shut down half its 16 municipal wells over PFAS contamination, and across the state PFAS have poisoned drinking water supplies, surface water in lakes and streams, air, soil and wildlife like deer and fish that are eaten by the state’s residents. Read the full story by The Guardian.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211025-pfas

Theresa Gruninger

The Port of Duluth-Superior announced last week it can now handle “significantly larger” volumes of containers arriving on international vessels because of expanded permissions from the Department of Homeland Security. Read the full story by the Star Tribune.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211025-duluth-port

Theresa Gruninger

Lake Michigan is experiencing record-breaking high water temperatures for late October. According to the National Weather Service in Chicago, these temperatures remain higher because of October’s weather being warmer than in previous years. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211025-lake-michigan

Theresa Gruninger

Nuclear Question: Debate continues over long-term storage of nuclear waste in the Great Lakes

Canada’s plan to store spent nuclear fuel 1,600 feet below ground in the Great Lakes basin, some 30 miles from Lake Huron, is continuing to ruffle feathers throughout the Great Lake states.

Earlier this month, U.S. lawmakers called out the Canadian plan for failing to prioritize the health of the Great Lakes and the 40 million residents who depend on it for clean drinking water ahead of its own energy needs.

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Andrew Reeves

Expanded shipping, growing recreation and preparing for climate change are all areas that need increased focus among the Great Lakes. Officials must find ways to bolster the potential of those industries to meet the future. Read the full story The Morning Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211025-economic

Theresa Gruninger

A changing climate is altering Lake Superior in many ways including more frequent severe storms, warmer water temperatures, less ice coverage and an arrival of algal blooms. These changes are becoming a problem for us all. And, it’s time our elected officials start paying attention. Read the full story by The Capital Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211025-lake-superior

Theresa Gruninger

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October. In this month of Halloween, thoughts might turn toward ghosts, vampires and skeletons. Zombies, too. October is also Seafood Awareness Month. Now, please allow me to draw the connection between zombies and fish.

Zombies are known for rampaging through communities in search of their favorite meal — brains. Ever wonder what they do in their downtime? Netflix? Knitting? What about fishing? Maybe zombies spend a relaxing afternoon on the lake, dropping a line. If they hook a legally sized fish, they might tuck into its brains. In doing so, the zombies could be swallowing something that could make their living-dead condition worse — methamphetamine.

A story on CNN last summer about trout becoming addicted to methamphetamine prompted a concerned question to our Eat Wisconsin Fish Specialist Sharon Moen. Treatment systems remove all kinds of bad stuff from water, but drugs can sometimes escape that ministration.

Wanting to reassure that questioner looking to enjoy local, healthy and delicious Wisconsin fish, but worried about inadvertent drug consumption, Moen checked with our fisheries specialist as well as our emerging contaminant scientist. Both said if a person avoided eating the brains and liver of fish — where contaminants and, apparently drugs, accumulate — there was no danger.

That’s good news for someone wanting a plate full of yummy fish. Try these recipes using Wisconsin fish. And keep those seafood questions coming to Moen. She’d love to talk with you, maybe even about zombies.

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Moira Harrington

After nearly a century and a half, river restoration projects may bring back the rapids that once characterized Grand Rapids, Michigan and provide environmental and economic boosts to the city.

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http://greatlakesecho.org/2021/10/25/grand-rapids-plans-to-restore-its-namesake-rapids/

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What is COP26? Here’s how global climate negotiations work and what’s expected from the Glasgow summit

By Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton, The Conversation

 is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.

Over two weeks in November, world leaders and national negotiators will meet in Scotland to discuss what to do about climate change.

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Michigan city declares emergency over lead; governor visits

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she visited Benton Harbor on Tuesday to listen to residents who have been urged to use bottled water because of elevated levels of lead in their tap water.

Whitmer’s stop, which wasn’t publicly disclosed until it was over, came hours after city commissioners unanimously declared an emergency and empowered Mayor Marcus Muhammad to lead Benton Harbor’s response.

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As fall leaves continue their colorful turn and cooler winds blow, it’s a perfect time to curl up with a good book—and encourage the young readers in your life to do the same.

Wisconsin’s Sea Grant’s “Lake Talks” continue on Thursday, Nov. 11, from 7-8 p.m. with a literary theme. The evening’s presentation will be “Maadagindan! (Start Reading!) Literature for Young People about the Great Lakes and Ojibwe Culture.”

The virtual event, held on Zoom, is open to all. Registration is required. (Register for this event now.) The hour includes time for audience questions.

It will feature a trio of speakers:

  • Hannah Arbuckle, outreach coordinator for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Morgan Coleman, a summer 2021 Wisconsin Sea Grant intern who focused on Great Lakes literacy and Ojibwe culture
  • Anne Moser, senior special librarian and education coordinator, Wisconsin Water Library and Wisconsin Sea Grant

All who are interested in books for young readers are welcome at this event, including—but not limited to—parents, librarians and educators.

Attendees will learn about a related book club, also free and online, that will launch in spring 2022 and further explore the topics discussed. The book club will mainly center on books for children from birth through age 12.

Morgan Coleman (submitted photo)

As a summer intern, Morgan Coleman was sponsored by Wisconsin Sea Grant and placed with GLIFWC, where she worked on a book club discussion guide. Coleman will discuss how and why she created it. A recent graduate of UW-River Falls, she is now pursuing graduate studies in English at the University of St. Thomas.

Hannah Arbuckle (submitted photo)

Hannah Arbuckle, who helped mentor Coleman, will talk about the role of GLIFWC and some of the publications it produces, which range from a quarterly newsletter to the book for young readers, “Growing Up Ojibwe.” Formed in 1984, GLIFWC represents 11 Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and their hunting, fishing and gathering rights according to their treaties with the U.S. government. The commission provides natural resource management expertise, conservation enforcement, legal and policy analysis, and public information services.

Anne Moser

Moser, librarian of the Wisconsin Water Library since 2008, works to ensure that it maintains a broad and diverse collection, from water quality reports to children’s books that reflect diverse perspectives. Said Moser, “I’m eager to talk about what we know about effective strategies for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for young people, and how diversity is key to many of the approaches.  Black, Indigenous and children of color have not received enough attention either in children’s publishing or in science education.” Moser presents frequently at libraries throughout Wisconsin and provides curricular support to educators statewide.

After this event, one more fall Lake Talk remains: a Dec. 9 event, also on Zoom, with Minnesota-based poet Moheb Soliman, for whom the Great Lakes are an important subject and source of inspiration.

For Lake Talks event and registration information, visit the Sea Grant website, or follow Wisconsin Sea Grant on Facebook or Twitter. You can register for the Nov. 11 presentation now.

For questions about this series, contact Wisconsin Sea Grant science communicator Jennifer Smith.

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Enbridge temporarily stops Michigan pipeline due to protests

The operator of a Michigan oil pipeline said it temporarily shut down Line 5 Tuesday after protesters warned the company that they planned to turn an emergency valve.

Video posted on social media showed someone with a hard hat and a wrench inside a fenced area in Tuscola County, 90 miles north of Detroit.

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Arbitrator: Official wrongly fired in Flint water scandal

By Ed White, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The only Michigan official fired in the Flint water catastrophe likely was a “public scapegoat” who lost her job because of politics, an arbitrator said in ordering $191,880 in back pay and other compensation.

It’s a remarkable victory for Liane Shekter Smith, who served as head of the state’s drinking water office when Flint’s water system was contaminated with lead.

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U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur presented her Great Lakes Authority Proposal, a plan for the nation’s largest pool of skilled and experienced production workers and the world’s largest supply of fresh water, at a field hearing of the House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth. Read the full story by The Morning Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211022-proposal

Samantha Tank

A recent report on blood lead levels in U.S. children highlights the urgent need for congressional action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better House reconciliation package, both of which include funding for cities to remove lead water lines that threaten the health of Wisconsin’s children. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Samantha Tank

A film made by Michigan United Conservation Club and the National Wildlife Federation will focus on Michigan’s outdoor traditions and economy are at risk due to the impacts of a changing climate on the landscape. Read the full story by Midland Daily News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211022-film

Samantha Tank

Officials at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority announced Thursday morning that the city’s Clure Public Marine Terminal can now handle much larger volumes of international shipping containers coming by water. Duluth is now one of two ports able to receive this size of shipments on the Great lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway, the other being Cleveland, Ohio. Read the full story by WDIO-TV – Duluth, MN.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211022-ports

Samantha Tank

Michigan’s NotMISpecies webinar series, sharing current information about invasive species and what’s being done to address them returns with 10 new sessions focused on emerging threats, new research and technology, educational opportunities and “how-to” tips for managing invasives in your backyard. Read the full story by WGLQ – Escanaba, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211022-webinar

Samantha Tank

Whitefish Bay, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has restored its Lake Michigan shoreline nearly two years after a severe winter storm damaged the beach at Klode Park. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211022-beach-shoreline

Samantha Tank

Animal Check: New project to monitor aquatic species that live near proposed nuclear storage sites

One of the main concerns opponents have to two of the proposed underground sites for storing Canada’s spent nuclear fuel, one of which is in the Lake Huron watershed, is the potential impact on the environment. A group of Ontario researchers is setting the groundwork to answer that question with a new project.

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Sharon Oosthoek

...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CDT THIS MORNING... * WHAT...Temperatures as low as 30 degrees will result in frost formation. * WHERE...Calumet, Manitowoc, Winnebago, Brown, Kewaunee and Outagamie Counties. * WHEN...Until 8 AM CDT this morning.

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Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Brown (WIC009) Wisconsin Issued by the National Weather Service

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The salmon run is a popular time for anglers in Michigan. Snagging isn't allowed, but some think it should be.

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...FROST ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM CDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Temperatures as low as 30 degrees will result in frost formation. * WHERE...Calumet, Manitowoc, Winnebago, Brown, Kewaunee and Outagamie Counties. * WHEN...Until 8 AM CDT Friday.

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Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Brown (WIC009) Wisconsin Issued by the National Weather Service

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Brown (WIC009) Wisconsin Issued by the National Weather Service

https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=WI1261BEC9ED48.FrostAdvisory.1261BECB6B50WI.GRBNPWGRB.d247dd5262ebe0d925ac4ab6bd9b722d

w-nws.webmaster@noaa.gov

...FROST ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM CDT FRIDAY... * WHAT...Temperatures as low as 33 will result in frost formation. * WHERE...Calumet, Manitowoc, Winnebago, Brown, Kewaunee and Outagamie Counties. * WHEN...From Midnight tonight to 8 AM CDT Friday.

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Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Brown (WIC009) Wisconsin Issued by the National Weather Service

Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories for Brown (WIC009) Wisconsin Issued by the National Weather Service

https://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wwacapget.php?x=WI1261BEBD1A14.FrostAdvisory.1261BECB6B50WI.GRBNPWGRB.d247dd5262ebe0d925ac4ab6bd9b722d

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Sturgeon Restoration: Studying Michigan’s and Wisconsin’s current flourishing populations

This story is the first in a four-part series looking at sturgeon restoration efforts.

Lake sturgeon restoration efforts are taking place across the Great Lakes basin.

But what that restoration looks like is entirely dependent on location and other factors, such as whether or not any lake sturgeon remain in the area.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2021/10/sturgeon-restoration-studying-michigan-wisconsin-populations/

Kathy Johnson

Sturgeon Restoration: Studying Michigan’s and Wisconsin’s current flourishing populations

This story is the first in a four-part series looking at sturgeon restoration efforts.

Lake sturgeon restoration efforts are taking place across the Great Lakes basin.

But what that restoration looks like is entirely dependent on location and other factors, such as whether or not any lake sturgeon remain in the area.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2021/10/sturgeon-restoration-studying-michigan-wisconsin-populations/

Kathy Johnson

Farmers are set to take on a growing number of challenges in the face of climate change.

The post Uncertainty among Michigan fruit growers drives climate-related adaptations first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

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http://greatlakesecho.org/2021/10/21/uncertainty-among-michigan-fruit-growers-drives-climate-related-adaptations/

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COP26 Coverage: What do you want to know about the U.N. climate change conference?

Climate change is one of the more pressing topics that Great Lakes Now has its eye on. Come Oct. 31, one of the largest global conferences will be convening to discuss that topic, so Great Lakes Now will be right there to help keep you up to date.

COP26 is the next annual UN climate change conference.

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https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2021/10/cop26-questions-un-climate-change-conference/

Natasha Blakely

The Biden administration is launching a broad strategy to regulate PFAS. Environmental Protection Agency Administer Michael Regan, said they are taking a series of actions to restrict PFAS from being released into the environment, accelerate cleanup of PFAS-contaminated sites such as military bases and increase investments in research to learn more about where PFAS are found and how their spread can be prevented. Read the full story by Great Lakes Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211020-pfas-pollution

Patrick Canniff

According to a recent study published in ScienceDirect, rising temperatures and drier weather due to climate change and increasing fuel loads could double the probability of wildfires occurring in the Great Lakes region by the end of the century. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211020-fire-climate

Patrick Canniff

There has been public push back against recent reports that the Quebec government may ban all oil and natural gas development, arguing that mandating an energy will produce rolling blackouts, energy poverty, higher food prices and environmental degradation. Meanwhile, proponents in the Quebec government are advocating for a “Just Transition” focused on sustainable development. Read the full story by Lake Superior News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211020-fossil-fuel-climate

Patrick Canniff

Michigan has been chosen as the site of a new Coast Guard National Center of Expertise that will study the impact of freshwater oil spills with the aim of improving effective emergency responses with offices in Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie and at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor. Read the full story by The Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211020-oil-spill

Patrick Canniff

In 2014, a harmful algal bloom overwhelmed the Toledo Water Intake Crib and caused a three-day undrinkable water crisis. This event showed that even in regions with resources as vast as the Great Lakes, water supplies are vulnerable to these kinds of man-made threats. Read the full story by Milwaukee Independent.

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Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211020-water-quality

Patrick Canniff

Citing “unsettling” revelations about the state of Michigan’s handling of Benton Harbor’s lead-in-water crisis, the leader of Senate Oversight Committee has asked Michigan environmental regulators to turn over a lengthy list of documents detailing their response. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20211020-lead

Patrick Canniff