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Chicago and the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Now's coverage of the Windy City from kayaking to water shutoffs and more.

Great Lakes Now Featured Articles About Chicago

High waves wash out Chicago beaches as Lake Michigan reopens
- by The Associated Press

The high waves closed most beaches to swimming Friday, the first day they were to be reopened since closing over a year ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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.

Spotlight on Infrastructure: Policy executive talks new Biden plan, definitions of infrastructure
- by Gary Wilson

A Chicago policy executive talked to Great Lakes Now about the Biden infrastructure plan and what a full partnership with the federal government could mean.

Drinking Water News Roundup: New York water standards deferrals, microplastics in Pennsylvania
- by Grace Dempsey

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Priority Shift: Great Lakes exec moves environmental justice to top of list
- by Gary Wilson

Ending water shutoffs, redefining a restored Great Lakes displace legacy issues for president of the nonpartisan nonprofit Alliance for the Great Lakes.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Climate change and Illinois water withdrawals, clean water for Michigan students
- by Grace Dempsey

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Joliet picks Chicago, Minnesota road salt, Ohio EPA loans
- by Grace Dempsey

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Michigan, Illinois sign agreement to build Asian Carp barrier
- by Michigan Radio

There are already electric barriers to stop Asian Carp. This new one will be more complex and the first line of defense.

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish
- by The Associated Press

Michigan, Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Joliet water supply, contaminated water, support for Wisconsin farmers and water quality
- by Grace Dempsey

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Great Lakes Gift Guide 2020: Remember that road trip, boat ride, microbrew or sweatshirt you should’ve bought with this list
- by Natasha Blakely

Try these gifts from a variety of places in the Great Lakes region in our selected categories of markets, food and drink, potato chips, books, home decor and wearables.