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

Anniversary Approaches: Celebrating Great Lakes Now’s monthly show as it nears its two-year mark
- by Sandra Svoboda

A two-year anniversary isn’t usually marked as a momentous occasion. But since half of our monthly shows have been produced in a global pandemic, the GLN team is looking back – and forward. Join us!

Earth Day 2021: What can you do and where?
- by Natasha Blakely

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22, but the related activities you can do aren’t limited to that day alone.

How Microfishing Took the Angling World by (Very Small) Storm
- by Hakai Magazine

Around the world, fishers are embracing tiny quarry. Is microfishing a celebration of biodiversity or a sign of collapse?

Water Access: As moratoria on shutoffs end, old problems return to the forefront
- by Kari Lydersen

As moratoria expire across the Great Lakes region, advocates say ongoing affordability and debt relief are key.

Drownings Increase: Research shows possible connection between COVID-19 restrictions and Great Lakes drownings
- by Andrew Blok

More people at the beach appeared to translate to more rescues and more drownings.

Michigan tribe seeks cultural property protection in path of Line 5 project
- by Energy News Network

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians is seeking to designate the Straits of Mackinac as a Traditional Cultural Property following the discovery last fall of a potential archaeological site.

A big fight in Lansing over fishing rules on the Great Lakes
- by Bridge Michigan

With Great Lakes whitefish in decline, commercial fishers say they’re fighting for survival against state rules that would put them out of business. But recreational fishing advocates say the commercial trade needs more regulation.

The problem within: Biden targets lead pipes, pushes equity
- by The Associated Press

Biden’s plan to replace every lead water pipe in the country could have huge ramifications for Chicago and others where a swath of Black, Latino and low-income residents have been left effectively drinking from a lead straw.