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Eastland Documentary: Filmmakers talk behind-the-scenes journey and stories
- by GLN Editor

Learn more about the tragedy and what inspired the filmmakers to tell the story of the Eastland.

Chicago’s Eastland Disaster: Explore this Great Lakes tragedy with a Storymap
- by Sandra Svoboda

Navigate through this digital feature to learn more about this steamship and its tragic story.

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Back Forty mine setback, Illinois and Ohio utility shutoffs
- by Ian Wendrow

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s headline roundup.

In a time of COVID-19, millions of Americans are plagued by water debt
- by GLN Editor

More than 1.5 million residential customers in the U.S. owe $1.1 billion to their water departments.

Number of fish types in Chicago waters up to nearly 60 from about 10
- by The Associated Press

Among species netted by district biologists were bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass and yellow perch.

Priority Shift: Chicago mayor sets environmental sights on neglected communities
- by Gary Wilson

But her stance on leadership on Great Lakes issues remains unclear.

Outdoor Escape: Visitors flock to parks, beaches, lakes as states reopen
- by Emily Simroth

As COVID-19 restrictions continue to lift, state and provincial parks fill with visitors eager to get outside.

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Lake Huron nuclear waste storage plan dropped, renewable energy in Midland
- by Ian Wendrow

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s fortnightly headline roundup.

Green Reset: COVID-19 offers opportunity for lighter environmental impact
- by Gary Wilson

In this Q&A, veteran Great Lakes executive Cameron Davis talks about regional efforts, infrastructure, water and climate change.

Animal Quiz: What Great Lakes aquarium animal are you in quarantine?
- by Natasha Blakely

Take a breather from everything else going on in the world and try this lighthearted Great Lakes Now quiz.

Day in the Life: How are Shedd Aquarium’s animals coping in the absence of visitors?
- by GLN Editor

“All the animals notice the lack of the public,” said Eve Barrs, senior aquarist at Shedd.

Record Rainfall Prompts Reversal of Chicago River into Lake to Ease Flooding
- by WTTW News

The uncommonly wet May caused river levels to spike and taxed the region’s storm sewers.