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Detroit and the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Now's coverage of the Motor City.

Great Lakes Now Featured Articles About Detroit

DNR: Virus behind deaths of common carp on Detroit-area lake
- by The Associated Press

A virus is being blamed on the deaths of between 300 and 600 mostly adult common carp this summer in a Detroit-area lake.

Great Lakes Moment: International wetlands treaty turns 50
- by John Hartig

Most regions throughout the world would be happy to have one wetland of international importance, but the region that includes southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario is notable for having three.

Program aims to capture storm drain debris headed to lake
- by The Associated Press

If proven to be effective, an identical strategy to reduce pollution in the lake could be deployed at 11 other drains in Macomb County that empty into Lake St. Clair.

Census: Big population drops in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
- by The Associated Press

The U.P. for years has struggled through job losses tied to downturns in the manufacturing and mining industries.

Drinking Water Roundup: Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Canada reaches $8 billion settlement with First Nations
- by Rachel Duckett

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

Industry Woes: Water industry struggles with both competitive hiring and retiring workforce
- by Taylor Haelterman

In its search for solutions to fill open positions and replace retirees, the water industry looks to youth programs.

Great Lakes Moment: Sugar Island is getting an ecological makeover
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column, John Hartig explores the history of Sugar Island and what’s coming next for it, which involves a massive habitat restoration project.

See the Sturgeon: The many ways to see, touch and appreciate sturgeon around the region
- by Noah Bock

Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Fest celebrates a multi-year lake sturgeon restoration program and is just one of a long list Great Lakes Now has compiled on sturgeon-related activities to explore this summer.

Investing in the Lakes: New bill could redirect tech money to neglected Great Lakes cities
- by Gary Wilson

The Great Lakes region is “regularly overlooked by federal lawmakers, investors and innovators,” but new legislation may help the region shake its Rust Belt image and secure tech and innovation investments.

Water authority: Pumping stations did not fail during storm
- by The Associated Press

Due to an electrical service issue only three of six pumps at one station were able to be brought online, while a power outage at a second station slowed efforts to turn three of its pumps on as the rain poured.

Great Lakes Moment: Ecosystem restoration needs more environmental justice
- by John Hartig

In this month’s column from writer John Hartig, evidence of environmental injustice can be found nearly everywhere in southwest Detroit. A recent study looked at the impact of noise pollution in particular on the community.

Detroit Flooding Previews Risks from a Warming Climate
- by Circle of Blue

Six inches of rain battered the Detroit metro area last weekend, a deluge that overwhelmed the region’s drainage system. But while the worst of that storm system is likely over, the city is still bracing for more rain later this week. In many cities just like Detroit, urban infrastructure was not built for current and future climate pressures.