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Great Lakes Now Presents

Episode 1010:Sand, Sinkholes and Science

Travel with Great Lakes Now to the remote Canadian research station where scientists are working to understand  and protect  freshwater. Go deep into Lake Huron to see mysterious sinkholes, and watch as some homeowners try to save their Lake Michigan coastal homes while the waters wash away the beaches below them.

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Great Lakes Now Presents

Episode 1009: Finding Impacts

On this episode of Great Lakes Now, search for a meteorite on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Learn how a little striped fish might help us understand the health impacts of industrial chemicals on people, and see how a Milwaukee community is UN-developing a river to improve the environment and water quality.

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Station Marblehead

One of the Coast Guard’s busiest stations on the Great Lakes

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Great Lakes Now Presents

Episode 1008: In the Waters

Politics, economics, recreation and science are all part of the latest episode of Great Lakes Now. Go underwater in the five lakes with a group of women who dove them all in 24 hours, and learn more about the controversy about controlling water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence. Get aboard a commercial fishing boat  on Lake Huron, and meet Dr. Katfish, who wants you to know that Great Lakes fish can be fun and festive.

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Latest News

Paddle Battle: International canoe race brings families together
- by Noah Bock

Thousands travel to the Au Sable River in Michigan every summer to watch the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, one of three major canoe races, with the other two in New York and Quebec.

Service held for last survivor of ’58 Great Lakes shipwreck
- by The Associated Press

A memorial Mass has been held in northern Michigan for the last remaining survivor of a Lake Michigan shipwreck that killed 33 people in 1958.

New theory: Earth’s longer days kick-started oxygen growth
- by The Associated Press

Researchers dredged up gooey purple bacteria from a deep sinkhole in Lake Huron and tinkered with it. The more continuous light the smelly microbes got, the more oxygen they produced.

Cow manure predicted to cause most sickness from contaminated wells in Wisconsin’s Kewaunee County
- by Wisconsin Watch

A new study predicts the incidence of gastrointestinal illness in private drinking wells, identifying manure as the main cause of contamination.

State investigating common carp deaths in Michigan lake
- by The Associated Press

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources said between 250 and 500 of the fish have been found dead since mid-July in Lake Orion, northwest of Detroit.

Michigan making exceptions to weather-related swim ban
- by The Associated Press

Surfers, kite boarders and water boarders could be exempt from a proposed Michigan policy that would bar people from swimming at state beaches when waves are more than 8 feet high.

Specials from Great Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now – Monthly Series
A network of PBS stations to work together to cover crucial issues affecting the well-being and future of the Great Lakes.

 

The Forever Chemicals
Learn more about the PFAS family of chemicals and watch the Great Lakes Now program. Premieres March 28, 2019.

 

Tapping the Great Lakes title pageTapping the Great Lakes
Water withdrawals remain a controversial issue in the Great Lakes. Learn about two of them in this Great Lakes Now program.

 

Beneath the Surface - the Line 5 Pipeline in the Great LakesBeneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes 
Now an ongoing political issue, the history of Enbridge Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits goes back decades. Watch the Great Lakes Now documentary about the oil-and-gas pipeline.

 

The Seven Generation RiverThe Seven Generation River 
Visit a Native American community in the Great Lakes region and see how members protect water, using traditional culture along with technology.

 

The Door Flint Opened: America’s Drinking Water Crisis
When lead leached into the drinking water in this Michigan town, it changed how journalists and authors thought about water issues in their own communities. Hear from them about their work and what impact it had.