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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.

Combined Effort: Sierra Club to award Great Lakes News Collaborative
- by Natasha Blakely

The Michigan Chapter of the Sierra Club is acknowledging the environmental journalism efforts of the Great Lakes News Collaborative, of which Great Lakes Now is a member, in their annual award ceremony.

A small, red-bellied snake might be reconsidered for protection under the Endangered Species Act
- by Michigan Radio

Three environmental groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to protect a small snake found in parts of Michigan.

Flint water crisis settlement claims process begins this week
- by Michigan Radio

Starting this week, tens of thousands of people in Flint can begin filing damage claims as part of a $626 million settlement of civil lawsuits in the Flint water crisis.

Road salt threatens Michigan lakes and rivers. Can an alternative take hold?
- by Bridge Michigan

Road salt is threatening the Great Lakes’ famous fresh waters and creating even bigger problems for the inland rivers, lakes and aquifers – not to mention your car’s undercarriage.

Environmental group says Gov. Whitmer’s plan to reduce harmful algal blooms ‘won’t work’
- by Michigan Radio

An environmental group says a Michigan plan to reduce nutrient pollution of Lake Erie is “lackluster” and “won’t work.”

Should Benton Harbor residents have to pay for water they can’t drink?
- by Michigan Radio

It’s been two months since state health officials warned the 9,000 people living in Benton Harbor not to drink their water.

High costs, few customers: Benton Harbor water woes loom for Michigan cities
- by Bridge Michigan

The quandary in Benton Harbor is an extreme example of a widespread problem in many Michigan cities, where shrinking populations and wealth have left many local governments unable to collect enough ratepayer revenue to cover long-term water system costs.

More people are worried about the health of the Great Lakes, according to poll
- by Michigan Radio

The poll by the Great Lakes Water Quality Board asked 4,500 people to rate the current status of the environmental health of their favorite Great Lake.

For the first time, “rock snot” nuisance algal blooms found in Lower Peninsula trout stream
- by Michigan Radio

“It tends to look like a cotton wooly substance. And despite the term ‘rock snot,’ it’s not slimy; it’s actually quite coarse,” said Joanne Foreman, Invasive Species Communications Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Rising Cost of Water in Michigan Leads to Affordability Problems
- by Circle of Blue

A growing number of Michigan households are burdened by high water bills, report finds.

Another seawall collapse due to gravel pile stored too close to Detroit River
- by Michigan Radio

Part of a seawall along the Detroit River collapsed on Friday, believed to be caused by a pile of aggregate material stored too close to the shoreline at the Revere Dock.

Ignore the buzz, here’s why Enbridge Line 5 won’t likely close anytime soon
- by Bridge Michigan

Anyone following recent national and international news about the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline could be forgiven for believing the pipeline might shutter any day now, with major implications for winter fuel prices.

Great Lakes temperatures unusually high, posing long-term threats
- by Michigan Radio

The lakes’ temperatures have been higher than the long-term average since the summer and some even longer. Lake Superior for instance has been warmer than average for most of the year.

First phase of cleanup at former steel mill site complete. Now what?
- by Michigan Radio

Over the years, several contaminated areas have been found on the site. Federal and state environmental officials discovered thousands of gallons of PCB oil and many other pollutants stored on the grounds.

Panel advising Michigan agencies on how to reduce lead levels in drinking water holds first meeting
- by Michigan Radio

The seven-member “Corrosion Control Advisory Panel” is part of a broader effort by the state to address aging lead service lines.