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

Boating on a Budget: Get off land and onto the Great Lakes
- by James Proffitt

Check out Great Lakes Now’s guide to getting on the water without burning a hole in your wallet.

Great Lakes algae threatens air quality
- by Great Lakes Echo

There is evidence that suggests harmful toxins and algae itself are found in the air. But scientists are unsure how much toxin is in the air, how weather or water quality affect it, or what human health effects it could cause.

Tokyo Time: How to watch the Great Lakes sailors in Olympic competition
- by GLN Editor

Ten Olympic Canadian and U.S. sailors hail from the Great Lakes. Here’s how to follow them in Tokyo.

Thousand Island Dressing Mystery: Uncertain origins of one of America’s favorite sauces
- by Rachel Duckett

What is the original recipe? It’s a different story depending on who is asked.

The Suckers: Great Lakes’ “best supporting fishes” are important to the food web
- by Sandra Svoboda

Karen Murchie, director of freshwater research at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, talked all about suckers and what they mean for the Great Lakes in this Q&A with GLN Host Ward Detwiler.

Some Chicagoans Wary of Lead Pipe Replacement
- by Circle of Blue

The response to Chicago’s lead pipe replacement project is a story playing out in neighborhoods across the country. Government public interest initiatives, even with the best of intentions and resources, are being curtailed by mistrust.

See the Sturgeon: The many ways to see, touch and appreciate sturgeon around the region
- by Noah Bock

Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Fest celebrates a multi-year lake sturgeon restoration program and is just one of a long list Great Lakes Now has compiled on sturgeon-related activities to explore this summer.

Comments Requested: Lake Ontario marine sanctuary proposal moves forward
- by Noah Bock

NOAA announced a public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary, including feedback on what areas the sanctuary should include.