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Coal ash 101: Everything you need to know about this toxic waste
- by Sruthi Gopalakrishnan

Here are the basics that will help you understand this looming threat.

The Catch: Coal ash regulation
- by GLN Editor

“The EPA has indicated that they’re going to take a more active approach going forward with the sites that are regulated under their current rules.”

A look back on Queen Elizabeth’s Great Lakes tour
- by GLN Editor

Following the news of her passing, local news organizations reported on the late queen’s special connection to the region.

Coal ash contaminating groundwater near Joliet to stay, despite residents’ and activists’ concerns
- by Sarah Aie

Lincoln Stone Quarry holds millions of tons of toxic coal ash. Despite evidence of groundwater contamination, its owner plans to leave the ash in place. But recent signs of federal enforcement may provide a glimmer of hope to residents and environmental groups.

Rising waters, sinking feeling: From the Great Lakes to the Ohio River, climate change puts coal ash impoundments at risk
- by Joshua Irvine

More frequent flooding multiplies the risk that coal ash will contaminate rivers, lakes and groundwater. Experts say the time to act is now.

Leaking landfills: Unregulated coal ash poses a buried, brewing threat to Lake Michigan and beyond, new lawsuit says
- by Diana Leane and Sarah Aie

As the EPA steps up enforcement of coal ash regulations, environmentalists demand action on historic coal ash not covered by those rules.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Can you do an EV road trip around the five lakes?
- by Alex Hill

Are there enough charging stations to drive your electric vehicle to the most scenic places in the Great Lakes? Our mapping expert answers that question.

Mapping the Great Lakes: Carrying Cargo
- by Alex Hill

There are billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs in Great Lakes shipping.

PFAS News Roundup: Research and policy aiming to help eradicate “forever chemicals”
- by Kathy Johnson

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

From ‘carp’ to ‘copi’: unpopular fish getting a makeover
- by The Associated Press

Turning carp into a popular household and restaurant menu item is one way officials hope to rein in a decades-old invasion threatening native fish, mussels and aquatic plants in the Great Lakes.

Monty passes, Rose’s location still in question
- by Natasha Blakely

Beloved Chicago piping plover Monty died on Friday. Rose and their offspring have yet to return.

Drinking Water News Roundup: First Nation residents call settlement restrictive, Wisconsin towns try regulating big farms, Chicago cans tap water
- by Natasha Blakely

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