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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

Software to help inventory lead water lines in Detroit
- by The Associated Press

Data crunched with software from technology startup BlueConduit will hopefully provide a report of the probable locations and number of lead lines, the water department said.

Great Lakes artists repurposing trash for art
- by Great Lakes Echo

Dave Matsen, a retired professional photographer from Ludington, Michigan, found inspiration from his garbage at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soil hauled from Detroit park as part of storm water project
- by The Associated Press

Soil is being removed from Detroit’s Rouge Park as part of a storm water retention project to reduce flooding in streets and basements during periods of heavy rainfall. The project is expected to capture nearly 100 million gallons of storm water each year.

Long-duration storm drops 1-4 inches of rain on Detroit area
- by The Associated Press

The long duration of the storm helped the area avoid levels of flooding that submerged thousands of basements, dozens of streets and even freeways this summer.

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.