An Ohio farmer as a part of Ohio’s H2Ohio program found that applying nitrogen-infused fertilizer to his fields three times in a growing season instead of all at once helped his crops use the nutrient more efficiently causing less nitrogen to end up in rivers and streams. Read the full story by The Columbus Dispatch.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210728-oh2o-pollution

Patrick Canniff

Since 2019 the City of Duluth and the Corps agreed on a five-year plan to use some dredged material in an anti-erosion “beach nourishment” program, in this time the program ended up depositing sharp debris and has now been found to violate a 1978 court settlement favoring placement of dredge spoils away from shorelines where it would not end up in water. Read the full story by MinnPost.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210728-beach-dredging

Patrick Canniff

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry has awarded a grant to a multi-institution project led by Texas State University to study the vulnerability of the Lake Huron ecosystem to global change. Read the full story by Corridor News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210728-nasa-vulnerability-change

Patrick Canniff

There have been a few reports of blue-green algae on Lake Superior over the years with a first confirmed sighting in 2012. This summer researchers from universities, state and federal agencies from around the region are undertaking a coordinated effort to intensively study and monitor Lake Superior to determine when and where blooms occur on the lake.. Read the full story by MPR News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210728-algae-blooms

Patrick Canniff

The return to regulation plan flows means an increase in Lake Ontario outflows. As a result, Lake Ontario will increase or decrease depending on natural weather conditions; lake levels will increase if there continues to be above average rainfall and decrease if dry conditions return. Read the full story by Lockport Union-Sun & Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210719-ontario-lake-levels

Patrick Canniff

A new full-length documentary charts the story of Chicago’s beloved piping plovers, from their hatching in 2017 to their improbable courtship on Chicago’s lakefront to their status as standard bearers for shorebird habitat conservation efforts. Read the full story by WTTW–TV – Chicago, IL.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210719-piping-plover

Patrick Canniff

What started in 1898 with just five boats has grown as the 112th edition brings together 240 boats and 2,100 sailors to compete in the 333-mile course up Lake Michigan. The event is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Read the full story by WLS–TV – Chicago.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210719-boat-race

Patrick Canniff

On July 15th the Great Lakes PFAS Action Network was launched as a group of concerned citizens, scientists, and community leaders with the goal to regulate PFAS use and connect impacted communities with information and resources. Read the full story by WGTQ–TV – Traverse City, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210719-pfas

Patrick Canniff

Michigan’s conservation success stories, including the comeback of the lake sturgeon, have attracted national attention and prompted state legislature proclaiming July 2021 as Michigan Wildlife Conservation Month. Read the full story by the Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210719-wildlife-michigan

Patrick Canniff

This week, state senators adopted a resolution calling for equitable treatment among ports that deal in cargo imported and exported abroad. Titled Senate Resolution 74, the document calls on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to lift restrictions on ports in the state that have been in effect since 2016. Read the full story by The Monroe News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210719-ports-shipping

Patrick Canniff

The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa hopes to reintroduce elk to northeastern Minnesota by 2025, according to a proposal it submitted last week to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Read the full story by StarTribune.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-minnesota-elk

Patrick Canniff

For decades a mill in Terrance Bay, Ontario sent polluting effluent containing endocrine disrupting chemicals into the bay, delaying sexual maturity and reducing hormone levels, fat storage, gonad size, and population size of the fish there. Now, in a recent review of cleanup efforts for one of the original Areas of Concern, results have shown improved conditions for white sucker, a native fish.  Read the full story by Environmental Health News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-fish

Patrick Canniff

Ten more counties have been added to the H2Ohio farmer incentive program in the new state budget. The H2Ohio program helps farmers reduce their nutrient runoff by installing limiters, plant cover crops during non-growing seasons, and will help purchase new equipment that distributes fertilizer beneath the surface instead of on top. Read the full story by WTOL–TV – Toledo, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-ohio-nutrient-pollution

Patrick Canniff

Nineteen wolves were transplanted on Isle Royale’s national park between 2018 and 2019 to bolster its nearly vanished wolf population and counterbalance the island’s swelling numbers of moose, and are now settling in. During the annual survey by Michigan Technological University researchers found evidence of least two litters of wolf cubs. Read the full story by Detroit Free Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-wolves-isle-royale

Patrick Canniff

Four piping plover chicks have hatched at Sandy Island Beach State Park in Oswego County, marking the second time this summer that a pair of the rare birds successfully nested on the beach and the first time in about 50 years that two breeding pairs were present on Lake Ontario’s eastern shore. Read full story by Syracuse.com.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-piping-plover-ontario

Patrick Canniff

State biologists and outside experts say wolves are not driving the low deer numbers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Instead, they have reported that weather, habitat availability, hunting and other factors have greater influence over deer population trends. Read the full story by Bridge Michigan.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-wolves-michigan

Patrick Canniff

A doctoral student and aerosol researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has published a study about airborne toxins from algal blooms. The study has evidence to suggest harmful toxins and algae itself are found in the air, indicating that airborne algal toxins may be more of a threat in the Great Lakes than previously thought. Read the full story by The Detroit News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210712-algae-pollution

Patrick Canniff

The state of New York is investing $14 million dollars in shoreline protection upgrades on the Olcott Harbor to rebuild and improve the shoreline structures that suffered heavy damage due to flooding in 2019. Read the full story by WKBW-TV – Buffalo, NY.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210709-shoreline-ontario

Patrick Canniff

NOAA has released a nearly 200-page document for public comment that includes a draft management plan and environmental impact statement for the proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary, which aims to protect and promote shipwrecks and other historically significant assets. Read the full story by Oswego County News Now.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210709-ontario-marine-sanctuary

Patrick Canniff

A clash between elemental forces — sun, rain, heat and ice — is what is threatening to upend centuries of relative stability along the Great Lakes’ 10,000 miles of shoreline, including the 22 miles that define Chicago’s eastern edge. And the best explanation is climate change. Read full story by The New York Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210709-climate-change

Patrick Canniff

Scientists first noticed an invasive population of zebra mussels in Michigan’s Gull Lake in the mid-1990s. Afterwards, unexpected harmful algal blooms started appearing. Now, a long-term research project at the lake has shown that the mussels led to an increase in a type of bacteria called Microcystis that produces the algae. Read full story by Great Lakes Echo.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210709-mussel-algae

Patrick Canniff

Shoreline cities and towns in the Great Lakes region will be spending heavily in coming years to fix public infrastructure damaged by recent flooding and erosion, with estimated costs approaching $2 billion, officials said Thursday. Read the full story by The Associated Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210709-flooding

Patrick Canniff

Detroit mayor Mike Duggan is requesting federal assistance to assist the city with heavy damage from severe storms. In the past week, these severe storms hit Metro Detroit leaving home flooded and vehicles stranded on roadways. Read the full story by WDIV – TV – Detroit, MI.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-flooding-detroit

Patrick Canniff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said this week it will be conducting a full analysis on the potential environmental impacts of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 pipeline tunnel before deciding whether to issue permits for its construction. Read the full story by Michigan Advance.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-line-5

Patrick Canniff

Sometime in the next week, four eggs belonging to piping plovers Nellie and Nish are expected to hatch at Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio. Nellie and Nish are the first pair to be seen nesting on Lake Erie in Ohio since the 1930s. Read the full story by WTOL-TV – Toledo, OH.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-piping-plovers-birds

Patrick Canniff

Using stock from the Rainy River on the Minnesota-Ontario border, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began stocking juvenile lake sturgeon in the Otter Tail River and other Red River tributaries in 1997 in an effort to reintroduce the species to the Red River Basin. Twelve years later, the first reproductively mature female sturgeon was discovered in the Red River Basin in 2019. Read the full story by The Bemidji Pioneer.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-sturgeon-fish

Patrick Canniff

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board has indicated that unless the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River basin receives “significant” rainfall, it appears that water levels have reached maximum for the season. Lake Ontario’s level is presently at 245.14 feet, more than a foot below its long-term average for this point in the year of 246.29 feet. Read the full story by Watertown Daily Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-water-levels

Patrick Canniff

Record-high water levels in Lake Ontario in 2017 and 2019 caused significant flooding and erosion along New York state’s Crescent Beach. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently completed repairs to a breakwater that was damaged during the high waters, and further efforts to mitigate future impacts from flooding include the development of a barrier bar beach to reduce wave energy that reaches the shoreline. Read the full story by Finger Lake Times.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-ontario-water-level

Patrick Canniff

PFAS has been detected in the groundwater below the Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township, Michigan. Thirteen of the 24 homes on well water north of the airport opted for their water to be tested by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and results for 11 homes showed detectable concentrations of one or more PFAS compounds. Read the full story by The Oakland Press.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210628-pfas

Patrick Canniff

New York state Health Department released updated guidelines this week increasing the number of fish caught in bodies of water across the state. Entire families can safely eat an increased number of wild fish from Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and most of the St. Lawrence River for the first time in decades after new data showed lower levels of chemicals in various sportfish. Read the full story by Livingston County News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210623-ontario-fish

Patrick Canniff

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae in a water sample collected at Swimming Area of Hazelwood Lake, north of Thunder Bay, ON on June 14. The Ministry is conducting toxin analysis on the water sample. However, it is important to remember that water should be avoided whenever a blue-green algae bloom is present, and for about 2 weeks after it has dissipated, regardless of the toxin analysis results because blue-green algae can turn toxin production on and off in response to environmental conditions. Read the full story by GreatLakesNow.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210623-algae-ontario

Patrick Canniff

An Ottawa-based renewable energy organization is looking to raise a fresh round of financing in a bid to acquire two new wind turbines along the shore of Lake Huron. The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative says it’s launching a new offering to raise up to $1.3 million to purchase the two turbines in partnership with an independent power producer that belongs to a “well-established, municipally owned group of energy infrastructure companies.” Read the full story by Ontario Business Journal.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210623-wind-energy

Patrick Canniff

Federal officials have designated 962 square miles off of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coastline as a National Marine Sanctuary to protect historic shipwrecks in the area from Kewaunee County south to Ozaukee County. The designation will protect 36 shipwrecks, 21 of which are on the National Register of Historic Places and may include as many as 60 additional shipwrecks. Read the full story by Madison.com.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210623-shipwreck-sanctuary

Patrick Canniff

A postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University in Hamilton who studies bird behavior and communication spent two weeks gathering trash along a 7 km stretch of shoreline and found 380 balloons. The plastic balloons found mark some of the biggest milestones in our lives: births, deaths, graduations, homecomings, engagements, and gender reveal parties end up in the Great Lakes by the hundreds of thousands. Read the full story by CBC News.

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https://www.glc.org/dailynews/20210623-pollution

Patrick Canniff