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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

Study suggests phosphorous reduction alone could lead to more toxic algae
- by James Proffitt

A new study completed by international researchers says current efforts to reduce harmful algae blooms by limiting phosphorous in Lake…

Does extreme weather threaten the hazardous waste sites that border Lake Michigan?
- by Gary Wilson

New report highlights concern that intense storms, high lake levels may put nuclear and contaminated waste storage facilities at risk.

How will tire chemicals affect Great Lakes fish? Some scientists hope to find out
- by Sharon Oosthoek

A relatively unknown chemical has come to recent attention as concern mounts over what it could do to our fish populations.

Endangered piping plovers are recovering but still need human help
- by Michigan Radio

Habitat loss, pressure from recreation and predation are among the biggest threats the piping plovers face on Great Lakes shores.

I Speak for the Fish: Not all lampreys are killers, but all are paying the price for their reputation
- by Kathy Johnson

Native lamprey species in the Great Lakes generally get reviled by association with sea lamprey even though they don’t normally kill their host fish.

MI environmental group calls EPA’s PFAS advisory a “wake-up call” for industries
- by Michigan Radio

The U.S. EPA issued health advisories for PFAS that essentially suggest there is no safe level of PFAS in drinking water.

PFAS News Roundup: EPA sets new standards, orders firefighting foam makers to test products
- by Natasha Blakely

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

Living water: Northern Indigenous communities’ use and perceptions of drinking water
- by The Conversation

In Indigenous communities that have lacked access to safe water for years, getting it is crucial. However, perceptions of the water supply affect consumption.

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