Elevated fire weather conditions will persist across the region through Monday. Mild temperatures and low relative humidity will continue, though winds be lighter on Monday. Rain will arrive on Tuesday, and bring a temporary end to the fire concerns. Persons are urged to be careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildland fire. Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking materials, chain saws, and all-terrain vehicles all have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a fire. Burning bans are in effect across most of the area, so be sure to heed any restrictions that are in place in your county.

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Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

https://api.weather.gov/alerts/urn:oid:2.49.0.1.840.0.6fdf9d9436ff1691dbb370bbd66a3d3cfa23fd6b.002.1.cap

NWS

Warm temperatures, low humidity, and northwest winds gusting to 20 to 25 mph will lead to near critical fire weather conditions this afternoon and early evening. The worst conditions are expected from central Wisconsin into the western Fox Valley. Persons are urged to be careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildland fire. Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking materials, chain saws, and all-terrain vehicles all have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire. Burning bans are in effect across most of the area, so be sure to heed any restrictions that are in place in your county.

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Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

https://api.weather.gov/alerts/urn:oid:2.49.0.1.840.0.e899b3c8fad745c4f6d3ecd0fcdda793b1318de5.002.1.cap

NWS

Very mild air, low humidity readings of 15 to 30 percent away from Lake Michigan, and northwest winds gusting to 20 to 25 mph will lead to an increase potential for wild fires this afternoon into early this evening. High temperatures should top out in the middle 60s to lower 70s north, and in the 70s south. Although north-central and far northeast Wisconsin saw some rain late last evening and early this morning, conditions are expected to rapidly dry out this afternoon due to the sunshine and low humidity. Persons are urged to be careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildland fire. Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking materials, chain saws, and all-terrain vehicles all have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire.

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Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

https://api.weather.gov/alerts/urn:oid:2.49.0.1.840.0.8dc592d08a492f9fb38197809523635a4197ae43.001.1.cap

NWS

Very mild air, low humidity readings of 15 to 30 percent away from Lake Michigan, and northwest winds gusting to 20 to 25 mph will lead to an increase potential for wild fires this afternoon into early this evening. High temperatures should top out in the middle 60s to lower 70s north, and in the 70s south. Although north-central and far northeast Wisconsin saw some rain late last evening and early this morning, conditions are expected to rapidly dry out this afternoon due to the sunshine and low humidity. Persons are urged to be careful with any activities that could potentially lead to a wildland fire. Campfires, outdoor grills, smoking materials, chain saws, and all-terrain vehicles all have the potential to throw a spark and ignite a dangerous and destructive fire.

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Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

Current watches, warnings, and advisories for Brown County (WIC009) WI

https://api.weather.gov/alerts/urn:oid:2.49.0.1.840.0.3adef64543b7fd5e3546a74a969d3ff88d141995.001.1.cap

NWS

Litter strewn across Great Lakes beaches is overwhelmingly composed of plastic, a new study from a region-wide beach cleanup group found, signaling a widespread problem for the wildlife and people who encounter them. Read the full story from The Detroit News.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-plastic-pollution

Theresa Gruninger

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for input on how to make the Great Lakes region more resilient to the effects of climate change. The Corps is holding a series of virtual meetings for its Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study in collaboration with the seven Great Lakes states. Read the full story by WKSU – Kent, OH.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-climate-change-virtual-meeting

Theresa Gruninger

Beginning April 23, lampricides will be applied to the Conneaut Creek system in Pennsylvania’s Erie and Crawford counties to kill sea lamprey larvae before they grow into parasitic fish that migrate to Lake Erie and kill other fish. Read the full story by Erie-Times News.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-lampricide

Theresa Gruninger

In Pennsylvania, repairs will be underway this month to Erie’s North Pier, a popular spot for sightseeing and fishing located near Presque Isle State Park. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District announced that construction will repair about 1,800 feet of damaged structure along the channel between Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. Read the full story by Erie-Times News.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-presque-isle-pier

Theresa Gruninger

The University of Toledo’s Lake Erie Center hosted a training on Wednesday for local water experts to learn about the latest “smart buoys” that will be sent out into various locations in Lake Erie during the upcoming summer season. The buoys have solar-powered sensors inside them that are designed to track important water safety features such as pH and toxin levels. Read the full story by WTOL-TV – Toledo, OH.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-smart-bouy

Theresa Gruninger

The Lake Express Ferry embarked from its storage location in Milwaukee’s Menomonee River Valley to its operational terminal on the Lake Michigan waterfront on Wednesday, April 10. The ferry, used for daily regional transportation, transitions annually to facilitate increased travel during the warmer months and connects Milwaukee with Muskegon, Michigan. Read the full story by WDJT-TV – Milwaukee, WI.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-lake-express-ferry

Theresa Gruninger

The Grand Lake region remains one of the best places in Ohio to catch a glimpse of American White Pelicans. The birds can be seen on the lake from March-May and again in late August-November as the birds head towards their migration path. Read the full story by The Daily Standard.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240412-white-pelicans

Theresa Gruninger

Points North: The Quest for Kiyi

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. 

We often think of the deep parts of the Great Lakes as cold, empty spaces.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/points-north-quest-for-kiyi/

Interlochen Public Radio

Ghostly Grey Specters

An eerie sight is blossoming throughout coastal wetlands in Georgian Bay: ghostly grey specters lining the shores behind otherwise healthy-looking wetlands.

“Do you see these dead trees?” asked Patricia Chow-Fraser. The McMaster University biologist was addressing attendees of a lecture at The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo in early March.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/ghostly-grey-specters/

Andrew Reeves

Microplastics threaten human health. Exposure to them, especially when consumed, involve an array of toxic effects, including reproductive problems, delays in immune responses and oxidative stress, according to a 2023 study published in Environment and Health Journal. 

The post Great Lakes beachcombers find mostly plastic first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

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Great Lakes Echo

Great Lakes Echo

http://greatlakesecho.org/2024/04/12/great-lakes-beachcombers-find-mostly-plastic/

Reese Carlson

PFAS News Roundup: Landmark EPA decision implements first nation-wide PFAS limit in drinking water

In Fayetteville, North Carolina on Wednesday, April 10, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the nation’s first ever drinking water standards for PFAS. Limits will be capped at the lowest possible limit, about 4 parts per trillion. The Biden-Harris Administration concurrently announced a $1 billion investment to update water treatment plants around the country.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/pfas-news-roundup-landmark-epa-decision-implements-first-nation-wide-pfas-limit-in-drinking-water/

Lisa John Rogers, Great Lakes Now

Campbell Soup pollution lawsuits raise concerns about additional Northeast Ohio phosphorus sources

By Zaria Johnson, Ideastream Public Media

This story was originally published by Ideastream.

A recent lawsuit suit accusing Campbell Soup of discharging excessive amounts of phosphorus and other contaminants into Northwest Ohio waterways is highlighting challenges the state faces in targeting harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/campbell-soup-pollution-lawsuits-raise-concerns-about-additional-northeast-ohio-phosphorus-sources/

Ideastream Public Media

In Chicago, one neighborhood is fighting gentrification and climate change at the same time

By Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco, Grist

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

This coverage is made possible through a partnership between WBEZ and Grist, a nonprofit environmental media organization.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/in-chicago-one-neighborhood-is-fighting-gentrification-and-climate-change-at-the-same-time/

Grist

Bald eagle return exceeds expectations

In 1979, there were just four nesting pairs of bald eagles in the entire state of Ohio. Today there are more than 900 pairs spread throughout all but three of Ohio’s 88 counties, not including the immature birds that still appear mottled with brown and white because haven’t yet developed white plumage on their heads.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/bald-eagle-return-exceeds-expectations/

James Proffitt, Great Lakes Now

Billions of cicadas will emerge in the Midwest this spring during a once-in-a lifetime event, but you may want to keep them off the menu.

Research shows the insects contain surprisingly high levels of mercury.

The post This year’s cicadas could contain contaminants—best to keep them off the dinner plate first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

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Great Lakes Echo

Great Lakes Echo

http://greatlakesecho.org/2024/04/11/this-years-cicadas-could-contain-contaminants-best-to-keep-them-off-the-dinner-plate/

Clara Lincolnhol

Litter Material: 2003-2023. Plastic: 86%. Other: 14%.

CHICAGO, IL (April 11, 2024) Eighty six percent of litter collected on Great Lakes beaches is composed either partially or fully of plastic, according to a new report released by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. The report is based on 20 years of data collected from more than 14,000 Adopt-a-Beach cleanups on all five Great Lakes. The new analysis details the most common types of plastic items found on Great Lakes shorelines and outlines potential solutions to reduce plastic pollution. In the environment, plastics never go away. Instead, they break down into toxic microplastic particles that make their way into the Great Lakes, a source of drinking water for 40 million people. 

Plastic pollution threatens human health & the environment

“Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is a threat to both human health and the environment,” said Olivia Reda, the author of the report and the Volunteer Engagement Manager at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. “The volume of plastic found on our shorelines demonstrates the urgent need to pass federal, state, and local laws that reduce plastic pollution getting into the lakes. While our dedicated volunteers are cleaning up literally tons of litter each year, more of this plastic litter enters our waters, where it breaks down into tiny particles that are found in our drinking water.” 

Litter type: 2014-2023. Tiny trash: 40%. Food related: 27%. Smoking related: 22%. Other: 11%.

The data in the report, Adopt-a-Beach: 20 Years of Great Lakes Litter Data, reveals alarming and consistent patterns. Most of the litter is plastic, and many are single-use items – used once and left behind – which contain plastic. Volunteers categorize each piece of litter into a type, such as cigarette butts, plastic beverage bottles, or “tiny trash” including plastic pieces, foam pieces, and glass pieces measuring 2.5 cm or less. For the last 10 years, the top litter items collected are tiny plastic pieces, followed by cigarette butts, tiny foam pieces, plastic bottle caps, and food wrappers. Forty percent of all litter is in the “tiny trash” category.  

Solutions require action beyond individual behavior change

While it’s important for individuals to reduce their plastic use, the report notes that substantially reducing plastic pollution will require action from businesses, governments, and manufacturers. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is calling for implementing Extended Producer Responsibility policies — holding producers responsible across the life cycle of their products and packaging from design and materials to end-of-life management. Such policies have been in place for years in Europe and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. More recently California, Colorado, Maine, and Oregon have passed versions of these common-sense solutions, which are now being considered across the Great Lakes basin. 

Shorter-term solutions include reducing or eliminating the most problematic plastics like single-use bags and foam, deploying new technologies such as microfilters in washing machines to remove plastic microfibers before they enter our water systems, stopping the spills of industrial plastic pellets in the Great Lakes, and increasing access to water refilling stations as well as reuse and refill packaging. These types of policy solutions are moving forward in several Great Lakes states. 

The power of citizen science

9,702,320 pieces of litter.

Since launching in 1991, the Alliance’s Adopt-a-Beach cleanups have evolved into the most extensive volunteer program ever to collect data on Great Lakes beach litter. Volunteers receive training and resources to host year-round cleanups in communities in all eight Great Lakes states. Since the start of the program, over 200,000 volunteers have participated in cleanups, removing over 9,700,000 individual pieces and over 535,000 pounds of litter from the shoreline. In 2003, Adopt-a-Beach launched an online database, which is now the largest litter dataset exclusively for the Great Lakes. The data is available publicly and has been used by educators, community advocates, policy makers, and academic researchers. 

“This dataset demonstrates the power of citizen science, when members of the public come together to collect datasets far larger than any single researcher could build,” said Reda. “We are so thankful to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers and supporters who participated in Adopt-a-Beach cleanups over the years. They are environmental heroes committed to reducing litter in their communities and are collecting one-of-a-kind data that will continue shining a light on plastic pollution.” 

Report cover, Adopt-a-Beach: 20 Years of Great Lakes Litter Data.

Read the Report

Download the full report – Adopt-a-Beach: 20 Years of Great Lakes Litter Data, A Story of Plastic Pollution Told Through Citizen Science

Download the Executive Summary

If you would like to join the efforts, sign up for an Adopt-a-Beach cleanup. Learn more about plastic pollution here.

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Contact: Don Carr, Media Director, dcarr@greatlakes.org

 

The post New Report: Vast Majority of Great Lakes Litter is Plastic appeared first on Alliance for the Great Lakes.

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News - Alliance for the Great Lakes

https://greatlakes.org/2024/04/new-report-vast-majority-of-great-lakes-litter-is-plastic/

Judy Freed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized long-awaited national standards for toxic “forever chemicals” called PFAS. The standards allow only trace levels in public drinking water. It is the first time the EPA has regulated a contaminant under the Safe Drinking Water Act since the 1990s. Read the full story by MLive.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-pfas-limits

Nichole Angell

Global warming is fueling the spread of the peach blossom jellyfish in the Great Lakes region, which may foster harmful algae blooms and dead zones. Scientists are relying on community members to report jellyfish sightings across the Great Lakes region. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-jellyfish-invasion

Nichole Angell

After years of planning and legal delays, the FishPass Project in Traverse City, Michigan, is officially moving forward. The barrier will use technology to let “desirable” species pass while blocking invasive species like sea lamprey. Read the full story by Interlochen Public Radio.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-fish-passage

Nichole Angell

Environmentalists say that a proposed mine is putting the Great Lakes environment at risk. If it goes as planned, the Copperwood Mine will sit on the Wisconsin-Michigan border and become the closest metallic sulfide mine to Lake Superior, extracting copper as close as 100 feet from the lake. Read the full story by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-copper-mine

Nichole Angell

Wildlife officials are reporting that the season’s first Great Lakes piping plover, a federally endangered species, has returned to his breeding grounds at Sleeping Bear Dunes on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan. Read the full story at WTTW – TV – Chicago, Illinois.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-piping-plover-return

Nichole Angell

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa previously filed lawsuits against Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 oil pipeline project in an effort to shut it down. Later this month, Indigenous leaders will speak before a United Nations panel about their ongoing concerns with the project. Read the full story by Public News Service.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-line5-tribal-opposition

Nichole Angell

The post Get Into Your Sanctuary Workshop for youth first appeared on Wisconsin Sea Grant.

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https://www.seagrant.wisc.edu/blog/get-into-your-sanctuary-workshop-for-youth/

Marie Zhuikov

In New York, the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority has to undertake a new environmental review for their port dredging project because they’ve changed where the dredged riverbed will be dumped. Read the full story by the Watertown Daily Times.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240410-dredging-project

Nichole Angell

Global warming is fueling the spread of a jellyfish in the Great Lakes region and may foster harmful algae blooms and dead zones.

The peach blossom jellyfish is native to warm freshwater in Southeast China, but it is present everywhere around the world except for Antarctica.

The post Citizen science may help uncover the mysteries of Great Lakes invasion of jellyfish first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

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Great Lakes Echo

Great Lakes Echo

http://greatlakesecho.org/2024/04/10/citizen-science-may-help-uncover-the-mysteries-of-great-lakes-invasion-of-jellyfish/

Kayla Nelsen

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

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.

Mary Gutierrez and her husband moved to West Indianapolis in 2019, drawn by the promise of an affordable home and large yard where their two daughters could play.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/indiana-attorney-general-fights-epa-rule-that-would-reduce-pollution-on-indys-west-side/

Mirror Indy

Wild fish spring to life in Lake Ontario, despite dams, pollution and hatchery competitors

By Kathryn Peiman, The Narwhal

Photography by Kathryn Peiman

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.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/wild-fish-spring-to-life-in-lake-ontario-despite-dams-pollution-and-hatchery-competitors/

The Narwhal

After a hot winter, Whitmer asks for more ways to get aid to businesses

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 grassy, mud-streaked ski hill.

Snowmobile trails where dirt and fall leaves were still visible.

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Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2024/04/after-a-hot-winter-whitmer-asks-for-more-ways-to-get-aid-to-businesses/

Interlochen Public Radio

Mercury levels in the Great Lakes are increasing as temperatures warm and extreme weather becomes more frequent, according to research in Minnesota’s Marcell Experimental Forest.

Mercury is a global pollutant released into the atmosphere through fossil fuel burning. It is then deposited onto land and water.

The post Climate change, other pollutants boost mercury’s Great Lakes health threat first appeared on Great Lakes Echo.

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Great Lakes Echo

Great Lakes Echo

http://greatlakesecho.org/2024/04/09/climate-change-other-pollutants-boost-mercurys-great-lakes-health-threat/

Kayla Nelsen

A recent lawsuit accusing Campbell Soup of discharging excessive amounts of phosphorus and other contaminants into Northwest Ohio waterways is highlighting challenges the state faces in targeting harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Read the full story by WVIZ-TV – Cleveland, OH.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-nutrient-pollution

James Polidori

Over the last ten years, the walleye fishery of Saginaw Bay has rebounded from a point of total collapse into a first-class sport fishery. It’s only gotten better since, aided by, among other factors, the collapse of introduced alewives that had preyed upon young walleyes. Read the full story by Midland Daily News.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-walleye-resurgence

James Polidori

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging boaters to take caution as drought conditions persist throughout the state. According to the DNR, 40% of Minnesota is currently experiencing severe or moderate drought conditions. Read the full story by WCCO-TV – Minneapolis, MN.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-drought-impacts

James Polidori

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, opened to marine traffic on March 22, marking the start of the 2024 shipping season. Soon, ports in places like Manistee, Michigan, will welcome the first large vessels of the year. Read the full story by Manistee News Advocate.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-shipping-season

James Polidori

It has been nearly two years since the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced its creative endeavor to rename invasive carp as copi and encourage people to eat the fish. Though the IDNR teamed up with chefs and food retailers, it’s still almost impossible to find on store shelves. Read the full story by WOOD-TV – Grand Rapids, MI.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-copi-sales

James Polidori

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 18,091 gallons of diesel have been collected as part of a cleanup effort for last month’s diesel fuel spill at a gas station in Ottawa Lake, Michigan. Read the full story by WTOL-TV – Toledo, OH.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-leak-cleanup

James Polidori

The Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Lake Erie Fish Program administrator responded to an online controversy by reassuring the public that while various commercial cases have been brought over the last ten years, none have been for overharvesting perch. Read the full story by The Columbus Dispatch.

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Great Lakes Commission

Great Lakes Commission

https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20240408-perch-concern

James Polidori