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Voters on Pollution: New poll says northwest Ohio voters support CAFOs crackdown

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Ohio House Bill 6, copper-nickel mines in Minnesota, new natural gas plant in Wisconsin and new support for Line 5

Lake Water to Tap Water: Making Great Lakes water drinkable is not easy

Lacking Management: Michigan auditor cites lack of updates or formal processes as impediment to recovery of Detroit and Rouge rivers

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Oscoda residents say ‘enough’ after 9 years of PFAS with no cleanup plan
- by GLNeditor

Representatives from a number of Michigan communities—Oscoda, Flint, Detroit and Belmont among them—gathered on Wednesday to call on the U.S. Air Force for action on PFAS cleanup.

Voters on Pollution: New poll says northwest Ohio voters support CAFOs crackdown
- by James Proffitt

The poll, released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center, follows a study that was released by the center in May showing that concentrated animal feeding operations were a major source of nutrient pollution in Lake Erie.

Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule
- by The Associated Press

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Ohio House Bill 6, copper-nickel mines in Minnesota, new natural gas plant in Wisconsin and new support for Line 5
- by Ian Wendrow

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

Democrats step on shaky political ground with fracking bans
- by The Associated Press

An all-out prohibition on fracking— backed by Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren — has been well received by the liberal and climate-focused voters closely watching the primary. But the proposal also threatens to antagonize unions and voters in areas like Pennsylvania that depend on oil and gas for jobs.

Lake Water to Tap Water: Making Great Lakes water drinkable is not easy
- by James Proffitt

The process to turn Great Lakes water into municipal drinking water involves many steps, including preventing harmful algal blooms from contaminating the water with toxins.

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Great Lakes Now – Monthly Series
A network of PBS stations to work together to cover crucial issues affecting the well-being and future of the Great Lakes.

 

The Forever Chemicals
Learn more about the PFAS family of chemicals and watch the Great Lakes Now program. Premieres March 28, 2019.

 

Tapping the Great Lakes title pageTapping the Great Lakes
Water withdrawals remain a controversial issue in the Great Lakes. Learn about two of them in this Great Lakes Now program.

 

Beneath the Surface - the Line 5 Pipeline in the Great LakesBeneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes 
Now an ongoing political issue, the history of Enbridge Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits goes back decades. Watch the Great Lakes Now documentary about the oil-and-gas pipeline.

 

The Seven Generation RiverThe Seven Generation River 
Visit a Native American community in the Great Lakes region and see how members protect water, using traditional culture along with technology.

 

The Door Flint Opened: America’s Drinking Water Crisis
When lead leached into the drinking water in this Michigan town, it changed how journalists and authors thought about water issues in their own communities. Hear from them about their work and what impact it had.