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What is a liquid? Utilities sue to avoid coal ash cleanup — and lose
- by Grist

With the definition resolved, will the EPA come for polluting coal plants?

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Reef Rescue and Wild Edibles
- by Mila Murray

Cleaning up toxins caused by copper mining, and foraging for Great Lakes wild foods.

How much can wetland restoration reduce farm fertilizers getting into Lake Erie?
- by Michigan Public

Michigan has a program to restore a large wetland area to reduce fertilizer runoff from getting into Lake Erie because it feeds toxic cyanobacterial blooms that spread in the western basin.

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New Michigan law requires homeowners associations to allow rooftop solar
- by Interlochen Public Radio

Supporters say it’s a step toward making rooftop solar and other energy efficiency measures more accessible to many in Michigan who belong to an HOA.

What is a liquid? Utilities sue to avoid coal ash cleanup — and lose
- by Grist

With the definition resolved, will the EPA come for polluting coal plants?

As climate change alters lakes, tribes and conservationists fight for the future of spearfishing
- by The Associated Press

As a result of warming waters, walleye numbers in some lakes are dwindling. Losing the species would mean losing a food source for community members, and a deep connection to tradition and nature.

FEMA will now consider climate change when it rebuilds after floods
- by Grist

The federal agency is overhauling its disaster rules in a bid to end a cycle of rebuilding in unsafe areas.

Waves of Change: Meet Environmental Justice Public Advocate Regina Strong
- by Great Lakes Now

We spoke with Regina Strong, Environmental Justice Public Advocate at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

A cleaner Cuyahoga River faces a growing threat from stormwater runoff
- by Ideastream Public Media

As work continues to alleviate the impact of pollution on the Cuyahoga River, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is beginning to tackle the emerging threat from stormwater runoff.

Beaver Island takes early steps to test wave energy in its waters
- by Interlochen Public Radio

Wave energy converters use the movement of the water to generate electricity. A research team from the University of Michigan will spend the next couple years developing a prototype to install in the waters off the island.

Environmentalists appeal Michigan regulators’ approval of pipeline tunnel project
- by The Associated Press

Environmentalists are challenging Michigan regulators’ decision to approve encasing part of an aging Enbridge Energy oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel connecting two Great Lakes, arguing that they failed to properly consider alternatives that would minimize climate impacts.

A Symbol of Survival: Red Pine Peels and Ojibwe Canoe Factories
- by Staci Lola Drouillard

Anthropologists discovered trees harvested for canoes during the fur trade formed a healing lobe like a scar. A symbol of survival — for the trees and for the Indigenous people of the border country.

How much can wetland restoration reduce farm fertilizers getting into Lake Erie?
- by Michigan Public

Michigan has a program to restore a large wetland area to reduce fertilizer runoff from getting into Lake Erie because it feeds toxic cyanobacterial blooms that spread in the western basin.

Wild Berry Bonanza: Juicy Jewels of the Great Lakes Summer
- by Lisa M. Rose

Summer in the Great Lakes region is a magical time, with long, warm days and the sweet taste of freshly picked berries.

 

The Great Lakes Now monthly television program is produced by Detroit PBS 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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