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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.

Michigan Democratic lawmakers propose $5 billion plan to deal with climate change-caused flooding
- by Michigan Radio

Democratic lawmakers have announced a plan to fund repairs to Michigan’s aging infrastructure. They’re calling for a “bold” climate resilience plan and water infrastructure investment.

Great Lakes in Peril: Invasives, pollution, climate change
- by Michigan Radio

The Great Lakes in Peril: Invasives, Pollution, and Climate Change is a production of The Environment Report. Listen to the full documentary on Michigan Radio’s website.

Some Chicagoans Wary of Lead Pipe Replacement
- by Circle of Blue

The response to Chicago’s lead pipe replacement project is a story playing out in neighborhoods across the country. Government public interest initiatives, even with the best of intentions and resources, are being curtailed by mistrust.

Great Lakes surfers to Michigan: Don’t close beaches during rough waves
- by Bridge Michigan

Critics of the proposed order acknowledged the good intentions behind it but said it’s not the best way to improve water safety in Michigan.

People ignore drowning warnings, so Michigan may close Great Lakes beaches
- by Bridge Michigan

Red flags fly above the sand of Michigan’s Great Lakes beaches warning when the waves are dangerous, but that’s not always enough to stop swimmers from entering the risky water. It comes amid concerns that Great Lakes drownings will set a new record this year.

Dealing with the soup of chemicals that can get into your drinking water
- by Michigan Radio

Chemicals in water can mix. That’s where dealing with pollutants really falls short.

Fish, propane, cash: Not everyone loves Enbridge generosity in the Straits
- by Bridge Michigan

Enbridge Energy and Massey Fish Company partnered to distribute free whitefish to area seniors, drawing cheers from allies and jeers from opponents who question the motives behind the company’s generosity.

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.

Detroit-area floods mean sewage backups. Fed dollars won’t fix issue soon.
- by Bridge Michigan

It could take $1 billion a year until 2045 to address storm water drainage alone — and that’s just in seven of the state’s 83 counties. That doesn’t account for the billions in other infrastructure needs, from drinking water and sewers to roads and bridges.

In Chicago, Flooding Overwhelmingly Strikes Communities of Color
- by Circle of Blue

Chicago’s leaders have poured billions into ambitious programs to keep water away from roads and buildings. But urban flooding continues—overwhelmingly in communities of color—forcing experts to turn to new solutions.

Canada expands ballast water restrictions to reduce invasive species spread
- by Michigan Radio

The rules require all Canadian ships and all ships visiting Canadian ports to treat ballast water. That includes so-called “lakers.” They are ships which only haul cargo within the Great Lakes.

Feds Release First Slice of Water Bill Assistance Funds
- by Circle of Blue

Initial distributions will help states, tribes, and territories set up the first-ever federal water bill assistance program.

Marine Blooms of Harmful Algae Increasing in Europe, Much of the Americas
- by Circle of Blue

The study did not investigate freshwater harmful algal blooms, which are also assumed to be increasing globally because of more nutrients in lakes and rivers and warmer water temperatures.

Michigan’s climate-ready future: wetland parks, less cement, roomy shores
- by Bridge Michigan

What does Michigan’s future look like if we adequately prepare the state’s water resources for climate change? Goodbye to septics and shore-hugging homes. Hello to more diversified crops on Michigan farms.

Congress’s Stealth Water Infrastructure Deal
- by Circle of Blue

The American Rescue Plan Act allocated $350 billion to states, tribes, and local governments. Some of that money is available for upgrading water systems.