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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

Canada expands ballast water restrictions to reduce invasive species spread
- by Michigan Radio

The rules require all Canadian ships and all ships visiting Canadian ports to treat ballast water. That includes so-called “lakers.” They are ships which only haul cargo within the Great Lakes.

I Speak for the Fish: April showers bring vernal pools and baby salamanders
- by Kathy Johnson

Our first underwater shoot each spring begins with a long hike through a hardwood forest. Our high-definition underwater camera system and associated gear weigh in at close to 50 pounds, making the 3-mile trek more laborious.

Citizen Science Opportunities: How can you get involved in scientific research?
- by Noah Bock

For some, getting to contribute to scientific research might sound like a far-fetched possibility, but there are actually dozens of opportunities for people to try their hand at amateur science.

Army Corps plans extensive review of Great Lakes tunnel plan
- by The Associated Press

The Corps could have settled for a narrowly tailored examination of needs and purposes for the tunnel, but it opted for an environmental impact statement, which involves a more comprehensive study, including consideration of reasonable alternatives.

Piping Plovers: Despite new challenges, the birds make their comeback
- by Lorraine Boissoneault

A pandemic, record-high lake levels, an outbreak of botulism—despite the slew of challenges, wildlife workers have helped the shorebirds thrive.

Plastic Impact: Canada launches multi-year study of microplastics in water and soil
- by Sharon Oosthoek

Results from previous research have offered conflicting evidence about the particles’ impact on aquatic creatures.

PFAS News Roundup: PFAS in bottled water and makeup, “Filthy Fifty” list generated, corporations drop toxic packaging
- by Noah Bock

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

Ancient human remains unearthed at proposed Kohler golf course site in Wisconsin
- by Wisconsin Watch

The rapidly eroding Lake Michigan shoreline is also raising questions about the future of the controversial project adjacent to Kohler-Andrae State Park.