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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.

Endangered piping plovers are recovering but still need human help
- by Michigan Radio

Habitat loss, pressure from recreation and predation are among the biggest threats the piping plovers face on Great Lakes shores.

MI environmental group calls EPA’s PFAS advisory a “wake-up call” for industries
- by Michigan Radio

The U.S. EPA issued health advisories for PFAS that essentially suggest there is no safe level of PFAS in drinking water.

FRESH: Research Highlights Gaps in Federal Air Pollution Data
- by Circle of Blue

Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today.

Harmful algal blooms cause problems in Lake Erie; drinking water customers pay the price
- by Michigan Radio

Data from the Ohio EPA show the additional costs at water treatment plants are paid by customers, not polluters.

“Thank God that smell is gone”: Detroit incinerator to be demolished after decades of complaints
- by Michigan Radio

A Detroit trash incinerator will be demolished after decades of complaints about air pollution and strong odors of rotten eggs and rotting garbage.

Michigan Great Lakes: Expect lower waters, ample fish and a hot summer
- by Bridge Michigan

This is why we love Michigan. What to expect in terms of weather, beach cover and water conditions on the Great Lakes.

EPA: Two toxic hot spots in Michigan will take longer to clean up than many others in Great Lakes states
- by Michigan Radio

The pace of repairing the damage in the most toxic hot spots of the region is going to speed up dramatically.

Water’s True Cost
- by Circle of Blue

The quality of Michigan’s water infrastructure and the consequences of failure, while still real and apparent, are no longer being ignored.

Ontario faces uneven investment in water infrastructure
- by Andrew Reeves

While much-needed money is being directed to aging drinking water infrastructure, stormwater and sewer systems have been neglected.

FRESH: EPA Recommends Against Minnesota Mining Permit
- by Circle of Blue

Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today.

Even in Canada, where water prices are low, aging infrastructure and rising costs are a problem
- by Andrew Reeves

Water, while still overall affordable in Canada compared to other countries, is growing more expensive as the cost of neglecting infrastructure for decades comes due.

Five fixes for Michigan’s drinking water woes

The Great Lakes News Collaborative asked state and national experts how Michigan could break the cycle of underfunding and poor decision-making that has left water systems across Michigan in sorry shape.

Report: Going off script, decisive action saved lives during 2020 dam disaster
- by Bridge Michigan

A new report on flooding that caused $200 million in damages singles out the actions of Midland County’s emergency services coordinator, who called for an early evacuation.

Detroit City Council wants to make Detroit River a World Heritage Site
- by Michigan Radio

Local activists from Detroit and Windsor are pushing The United Nations Education and Scientific Cultural Organization to recognize the local landmark.

How Michigan state parks will spend a $250 million COVID windfall
- by Bridge Michigan

After years of deferred maintenance, big upgrades are coming to Belle Isle and picturesque Tahquamenon Falls. But there are also potholes to fill, toilets and sewers to replace and electrical systems to modernize.

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