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

Clock ticks for water utilities to join national PFAS settlements
- by Circle of Blue

A decision is needed soon for funds to remove toxic chemicals from drinking water.

PFAS News Roundup: Can we get rid of ‘forever chemicals’?
- by Kathy Johnson

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

I’m working to revitalize an Indigenous language and bring it into the future
- by The Conversation

Language revitalization efforts, both in Canada and the U.S., are opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reclaim their cultural ties. Strategies for revitalizing languages range from language documentation to immersion language schools.

Tracing for human remains on shipwrecks with environmental DNA
- by Lisa John Rogers

The study used environmental DNA, a revolutionary way to assist in studying life on earth. It allows scientists to uncover hidden aspects of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems by analyzing genetic material in the environment.

Great Lakes Moment: Detroit’s new Ralph Wilson Park will provide habitats for a healthy ecosystem
- by John Hartig

For over 100 years, the Detroit River was perceived as a working waterway that supported industry and commerce. As such, its shoreline was progressively hardened with concrete seawalls, steel sheet piling, or broken concrete.

Science Says What? How an airlift of wolves saved Isle Royale’s ecosystem and sparked a conservation controversy
- by Sharon Oosthoek

It was a cascade of events that saw local conservationists take opposite sides over the extent of our responsibility to re-balance the island’s ecosystem in an era of human culpability.

Book Review: Saving our changing menu in the Great Lakes region and beyond
- by Capri S. Cafaro

“Our Changing Menu: Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need” offers examples of how our global food system is affected by climate change. More importantly, it offers hope and solutions for the future that can be applied right here in the Great Lakes region and beyond. 

Climate change is harming Michigan hunting and fishing, groups warn lawmakers
- by Bridge Michigan

Michigan’s wild places are under threat as warmer temperatures cause species to migrate northward and rivers to overheat. Advocates called for more resources to protect Michigan’s fish and game from those changes.

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