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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.

Multi-state group prepares Great Lakes basin for effects of climate change
- by Michigan Radio

The Great Lakes Commission has a plan to guide the states and provinces surrounding the Great Lakes toward protecting their communities from the climate-change damage.

Michigan winters are super cloudy and getting worse. Here’s how to deal.
- by Bridge Michigan

Blame the Great Lakes and climate change for Michigan’s dreary winters.

Join Bridge, Circle of Blue to discuss Michigan lawmakers’ water priorities
- by Bridge Michigan

On Jan. 25, Bridge Michigan environment reporter Kelly House will moderate a Zoom discussion about the priorities for water in the 2023 Michigan Legislature.

Michigan Democrats aiming to erase business friendly environmental laws
- by Bridge Michigan

From polluter pay laws to plastic bag bans, Democrats and environmental advocates hope to reverse Republican-passed laws.

Michigan tribes, state reach tentative deal on Great Lakes fishing access
- by Bridge Michigan

Under the deal, tribal fishers could use gillnets in more places to cope with declining whitefish populations.

Opposition to CAFOs Mounts Across the Nation
- by Circle of Blue

Toxic manure discharges from large livestock operations is a major source of water pollution.

Michigan hunters say 252,000 deer killed in firearms season with new rules
- by Bridge Michigan

This year, hunters were required to report their deer kills, a move wildlife managers say will help the state better manage Michigan’s growing herds.

Michigan’s outdoor recreation boom is becoming a business boom
- by Bridge Michigan

Michigan’s COVID-19 outdoor recreation boom has produced a subsequent business boom, according to a new federal report on the state’s outdoor scene.

Why Line 5 will likely remain open despite Democratic control of Lansing
- by Bridge Michigan

Don’t expect big new efforts to shut down Line 5 when Democrats take control. Those on both sides of the issue say the pipeline’s fate is now in the hands of a federal judge.

Uncertainty for Michigan rivers, residents as Consumers reconsiders its 13 dams
- by Bridge Michigan

The dams are expensive to maintain and are harmful to rivers and fish. But their reservoirs bring visitors that help support small communities.

With wolf plan complete, Michiganders lobby state on possibility of a hunt
- by Bridge Michigan

Though wolf hunting is banned at the federal level, hunting advocates want Michigan to lay the groundwork for a hunt should federal protections end.

Nonprofit buys 31,000 forested acres by Copper Harbor to keep land public
- by Bridge Michigan

The Nature Conservancy, a global environmental group, has paid a New York hedge fund more than $27 million for part of the land, with another purchase to come.

Some Republicans, Democrats, environmentalists, hunters, anglers, and birders all want the same thing: more wetlands
- by Michigan Radio

The idea is to reduce harmful algal blooms getting into the Great Lakes, reduce flooding, and provide habitat for wildlife.

Fresh off Palisades closure, Michigan will study state’s nuclear prospects
- by Bridge Michigan

While the owner considers whether to reopen the nuclear plant, Michigan will study whether new plants could make environmental sense.

As septic pollution roils Higgins Lake, Michigan lawmakers consider reform
- by Bridge Michigan

A bill would require inspection of septic systems when homes are sold. It’s meant to address worries that old systems are failing.

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