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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Why Line 5 will likely remain open despite Democratic control of Lansing
- by Bridge Michigan

Don’t expect big new efforts to shut down Line 5 when Democrats take control. Those on both sides of the issue say the pipeline’s fate is now in the hands of a federal judge and President Joe Biden.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Pumpkin production
- by Alex Hill

The majority of pumpkin acres in Illinois are devoted to varieties that get turned into pie filling or other food products. By comparison, just 3% of pumpkin acres in Michigan are devoted to production.

No federal aid to restart Michigan nuclear power plant
- by The Associated Press

The federal government has turned down a request for financial aid to restart a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan, the owner said.

I Speak for the Fish: These catfish have something to say
- by Kathy Johnson

Northern madtom are an indicator species. What does it mean to be an indicator species? What can the tiny catfish tell us? And who, if anyone, is listening?

Democrats in control: Advocates want action on justice, climate and “stronger leadership” from Gov. Whitmer
- by Gary Wilson

“Deal with the problem of environmental racism head on and finally put it to bed.”

EPA orders Ohio power plant to stop dumping toxic coal ash
- by The Associated Press

At least five other plants, most in the Midwest, face similar action by the EPA under a crackdown proposed in January.

Uncertainty for Michigan rivers, residents as Consumers reconsiders its 13 dams
- by Bridge Michigan

The dams are expensive to maintain and are harmful to rivers and fish. But their reservoirs bring visitors that help support small communities.

After years of construction, Shell ethane cracker starts up
- by The Associated Press

A massive petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania fed by the vast natural gas reservoir underneath Appalachia became fully operational.

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