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Cruises Continue Amid COVID-19: Uncertainty mars Great Lakes cruises without stopping them
- by Ian Wendrow

Cruise season is expected to continue as normal for the Great Lakes region, even as ports and cruise lines grapple with how to protect passengers and crew.

New law mandates Indiana schools test for lead contamination
- by The Associated Press

The law requires schools’ drinking water equipment to be tested by Jan. 1, 2023, and take action if results show lead at higher than 15 parts per billion.

Great Lakes Learning: Tips for growing a fatberg at home (safely!)
- by Gary Abud Jr.

In this lesson, help kids understand what not to flush down the toilet and do a fun at-home science experiment at the same time.

Michigan water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak
- by The Associated Press

Michigan has the sixth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data tracking of the disease.

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails in Chicago and elsewhere
- by The Associated Press

All over the United States, mayors and other officials fed up with residents who ignore social distancing guidelines have been shutting down parks, beaches, marinas and other public areas.

Water for All: Milwaukee, Chicago lead in ensuring water during COVID-19 crisis
- by Gary Wilson

Some Great Lakes cities and states are ahead of the game when it comes to ending water shutoffs during the COVID-19 crisis. Others aren’t.

Shipping Continues: Great Lakes shipping season opens with extra social distancing
- by Lorraine Boissoneault

Great Lakes shipping hasn’t been stopped by the coronavirus, even as the industry waits to see how it will be impacted in the long term.

COVID-19 Catches: Social distancing doesn’t stop Great Lakes fishing
- by James Proffitt

Stay at home orders aren’t stopping people from fishing in the lakes.

Warmup, cleanup – Episode 12
- by GLN Editor

This year’s warm winter boosted ice-fishing tourism in one part of the Great Lakes while…

Tighter Restrictions: COVID-19 makes it harder to cross Great Lakes borders between U.S. and Canada
- by Kathy Johnson

Customers who attempt to pay with cash at the Blue Water Bridge or Detroit-Windsor Tunnel will be turned away.

Minnesota Supreme Court agrees to hear PolyMet permit appeal
- by The Associated Press

PolyMet pointed out that the DNR has already held a 15-year-long environmental review and permitting process that included numerous chances for the public to weigh in.

Chicago mayor thinking about closing city trails, parks
- by The Associated Press

“When we have masses of people out there as I just saw … it’s a problem,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “We know what happens when we don’t social distance.”