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The Great Lakes Now monthly television program is produced by Detroit Public TV in partnership with a network of PBS affiliates around the region. Shooting on location in eight states and Canada, the magazine-style show brings viewers stories about the recreational, economic, scientific, political and environmental issues related to the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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Latest News from Great Lakes Now

Monty passes, Rose’s location still in question
- by Natasha Blakely

Beloved Chicago piping plover Monty died on Friday. Rose and their offspring have yet to return.

I Speak for the Fish: Inside a trout feeding frenzy
- by Kathy Johnson

Gilboa Quarry is a popular Midwest dive destination with underwater attractions that include a helicopter, a plane and an aggressive school of rainbow trout.

Five fixes for Michigan’s drinking water woes

The Great Lakes News Collaborative asked state and national experts how Michigan could break the cycle of underfunding and poor decision-making that has left water systems across Michigan in sorry shape.

Report: Going off script, decisive action saved lives during 2020 dam disaster
- by Bridge Michigan

A new report on flooding that caused $200 million in damages singles out the actions of Midland County’s emergency services coordinator, who called for an early evacuation.

Water executive tells cities to “get creative” when it comes to replacing lead service lines
- by Gary Wilson

Too often cities focus on why “they can’t tackle the problem,” says Water Environment Federation’s Lynn Broaddus, pointing to Lansing, Madison and Buffalo as cities that found a way.

Energy News Roundup: Numerous Great Lakes states grapple with outages and rising rates
- by Natasha Blakely

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s fortnightly headline roundup.

PFAS News Roundup: 20M acres of farmland polluted, PFAS found in ‘nontoxic’ children’s clothes and car seats
- by Natasha Blakely

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Detroit City Council wants to make Detroit River a World Heritage Site
- by Michigan Radio

Local activists from Detroit and Windsor are pushing The United Nations Education and Scientific Cultural Organization to recognize the local landmark.

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