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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

Why are mallard duck populations falling in the Great Lakes region?
- by Michigan Radio

Mallard duck populations are down about 16 to 17 percent since the early 2000s. New technology might help determine why.

Reports: Huron River largely dodged hexavalent chromium scare
- by Bridge Michigan

No-contact order lifted after investigators conclude that most of the chromium released from a tank at Tribar Manufacturing in Wixom never made it into the Huron River.

I Speak for the Fish: A jarring look at gizzard shad
- by Kathy Johnson

In years past, acres of shad could be seen schooling just beneath Lake Erie’s surface. These days, schools large enough to block out the sun are a rare sight.

State: Tribar staffer ignored 460 alarms in Huron River chromium release
- by Bridge Michigan

A series of violation notices raise new questions about the events at the plant. State regulators indicate that on-site alarms at the company were overridden hundreds of times during a weekend evening when “no one should be at the facility.”

PFAS News Roundup: “Forever Chemicals” waste going unreported, PFAS in rainwater
- by Kathy Johnson

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

What’s in Senate climate bill for Michigan? EV credits and cheaper insulin.
- by Bridge Michigan

The Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the Senate Sunday, is the country’s largest-ever investment in addressing climate change. Michigan stands to benefit from money to boost domestic electric vehicle, wind and solar production, as well as prescription drug savings for older Americans.

The Catch: Whitefish recruitment
- by GLN Editor

Lake whitefish, a native species in the Great Lakes, is experiencing what is known in the world of fisheries biology as a “recruitment problem.”

Michigan PFAS activists urge bolder action at fed hearing in East Lansing
- by Bridge Michigan

Activists want federal military and environmental regulators to better regulate cancer-causing PFAS chemicals, including at military sites such as Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda.

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