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The Great Lakes News Collaborative

Independent News brought to you by Bridge Michigan, Circle of Blue, Great Lakes Now and Michigan Radio

The Great Lakes News Collaborative

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water. This independent journalism is supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

HotSpots H2O: Minnesota Rolls Out Plan for PFAS Contamination
- by Circle of Blue

Referred to as Minnesota’s PFAS blueprint, the plan will focus on three goals: to prevent PFAS pollution, to manage sources of already occurring PFAS, and to clean up contamination.

The future of Lake Superior with climate disruption
- by Michigan Radio

With warming temperatures, fluctuating water levels and a series of extreme storms, Lake Superior is undergoing dramatic alterations amid climate change.

On Michigan’s inland lakes, ice fishing with less ice, and fewer fish
- by Michigan Radio

Warming waters are hard on some fish, such as walleye, and more favorable to others, such as smallmouth bass. With so many environmental stresses, it’s difficult to gauge the future of individual lakes.

Intense storms from climate change harming Michigan streams and rivers
- by Michigan Radio

Severe storms can lead to intensive flooding, soil erosion and disruption to fish populations. Timing is everything in nature.

Speaking of Water: How Can the Biden Administration Deliver on Environmental Justice Pledges?
- by Circle of Blue

The Biden administration wants to correct a legacy of pollution and under-investment in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Two veterans of the U.S. environmental justice movement discuss how to do that.

PFAS is in fish and wildlife. Researchers prowl Michigan for clues.
- by Bridge Michigan

Years into Michigan’s PFAS contamination crisis, little is known about how the chemicals affect the fish and wildlife that live in tainted environments. Michigan has become a laboratory for answers.

Water could make the Great Lakes a climate refuge. Are we prepared?
- by Circle of Blue

Michigan and the Great Lakes region — with an abundance of fresh water, warming winters and less fire-prone forests — stand to attract millions of new residents in the coming years looking to escape flooded coastal areas and the parched land of the West.

High Demand for New Michigan Water Infrastructure Grants
- by Circle of Blue

Funding requests are more than three times larger than available funds.

GLWA, DWSD and Oakland County working together to reduce overflows into Rouge River
- by Michigan Radio

Once completed, these projects will prevent an estimated 48 million gallons of untreated rain water from flowing into the Rouge River per year.

EPA Nominee Regan Touts Collaboration during Senate Confirmation Hearing
- by Circle of Blue

North Carolina’s top environmental regulator would seek “common ground” if confirmed in the federal role.

Should future plans for Line 5 consider climate change?
- by Michigan Radio

Read or listen to the Interlochen report on Michigan Radio.

Task force delays report recommending changes to Michigan dam safety regulations
- by Michigan Radio

The task force members met on zoom Wednesday for what was expected to be their final meeting to approve their report. They didn’t. Instead, the panel requested revisions to “soften” some of the language in the final report.

‘Mass Aging’ of Dams a Global Safety and Financial Risk, UN Report Says
- by Circle of Blue

Countries ought to plan for end-of-life care, report argues.

Michigan is on thin ice. Get used to it, climate experts say.
- by Bridge Michigan

Great Lakes ice cover is near record lows and expected to remain low through winter, threatening key ecosystems and the state’s $2.3 billion recreational fishing industry.

Great Lakes seeing low ice cover compared to this time last year
- by Michigan Radio

Currently, around 2.4% of the Great Lakes are covered by ice, concentrated in the Green Bay region off Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron.