I Speak for the Fish: Shell middens reveal interesting clues about the humble muskrat-
For the average curious person, an easy way to learn what some animals are eating is to find a riverbank midden – a pile of discarded shells located near the water’s edge where muskrat, mink or otter reside.04
Census: Big population drops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula-
The U.P. for years has struggled through job losses tied to downturns in the manufacturing and mining industries.
Depleted wetlands impact freshwater turtles in Toronto-
The density of turtles in the wetlands were lower than researchers had hoped. It’s estimated that about 85% of the wetlands and shoreline of Lake Ontario are gone.
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Drinking Water Roundup: Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Canada reaches $8 billion settlement with First Nations-
Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.
Cheap Cybersecurity Defenses Exist, But They’re Not Reaching Water Utilities Who Need Them-
One in six water systems reported experiencing at least one IT-related incident in the past year. In the words of a National Rural Water Association brief, “the cyber pandemic for the industry has already begun.”
Industry Woes: Water industry struggles with both competitive hiring and retiring workforce-
In its search for solutions to fill open positions and replace retirees, the water industry looks to youth programs.
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Duckling Docks: Toronto installs floating docks to save drowning birds-
Parts of Toronto’s harbor are lined by high dock lines intended for ships, making it impossible for ducks to climb out and rest. But a series of low, floating docks recently installed by PortsToronto should change that.
The Farmory: Is indoor fish farming a viable way of tackling declining fish populations?-
In Wisconsin, a one-of-a-kind aquaculture operation shines a light on a new, sustainable industry push that could help with declining yellow perch populations, but it’s not without its own challenges.
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Paddle Battle: International canoe race brings families together-
Thousands travel to the Au Sable River in Michigan every summer to watch the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, one of three major canoe races, with the other two in New York and Quebec.
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New theory: Earth’s longer days kick-started oxygen growth-
Researchers dredged up gooey purple bacteria from a deep sinkhole in Lake Huron and tinkered with it. The more continuous light the smelly microbes got, the more oxygen they produced.