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Conflicted Congressman: Mich. Rep. Huizenga backs federal money for Great Lakes, supports Trump’s Clean Water Rule rollback

East Lansing, Michigan: Free screening of DPTV’s “The Forever Chemicals”

History of Energy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Line 5 controversy reflects energy development in Upper Peninsula and Canada

Muddied Waters: Bureaucratic process leaves well water at risk and farmers feeling targeted

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Conflicted Congressman: Mich. Rep. Huizenga backs federal money for Great Lakes, supports Trump’s Clean Water Rule rollback
- by Gary Wilson

In his speech at Central Michigan University’s annual Great Lakes Symposium, Rep. Bill Huizenga talked at length about how Great Lakes issues transcend partisan political bickering.

EPA proposes rewrite of rules on lead contamination in water
- by The Associated Press

The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead.

Judge rejects challenge to tougher Michigan lead rule
- by The Associated Press

A judge has rejected the last challenge to a rule that could cause the billion-dollar replacement of 500,000 lead water pipes in Michigan.

Wisconsin DNR survey detects PFAS contamination in creeks, rivers
- by The Associated Press

Wisconsin environmental officials say chemicals known as PFAS have contaminated creeks in Dane and Monroe counties as well as portions of the Mississippi, Wisconsin and Menominee rivers.

Lawsuit: Great Lakes regulatory commission must pay NY flooding costs
- by The Associated Press

New York is seeking compensation for flood damage in Lake Ontario shoreline communities in a lawsuit against the international body that regulates waterways between the United States and Canada, the International Joint Commission.

History of Energy in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Line 5 controversy reflects energy development in the U.P. and Canada
- by Ian Wendrow

The role of Line 5 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is tied to how energy utilities developed in the U.P. and the mining and logging boom of the mid-1800s.

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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.