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Look Back at Line 5: Check out the archives of the pipeline’s original construction
- by Sandra Svoboda

The Detroit Historical Society is sharing photos, blueprints and contracts from the building of the Enbridge-owned pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Here’s how you can see them.

Wisconsin Assembly passes bipartisan water quality bills
- by The Associated Press

Ten of the 13 bills passed unanimously. Despite the broad support, it’s not clear whether they all will pass the Republican-controlled Senate which has yet to schedule them for a vote.

Minnesota’s Legislature to consider funding water projects
- by The Associated Press

This year, cities have coalesced around another financial-aid request, this time for money that would help them pay for aging wastewater and drinking water facilities.

Native Guide: Identify the local mussels that live around you with these handy apps
- by Natasha Blakely

U.S. and Canadian apps provide guides to mussel species to spread awareness and help the general public engage with local aquatic fauna.

Third Rail Proposal: Selling Great Lakes water proposed to lower lake levels
- by Gary Wilson

University of Chicago law professor proposes selling Great Lakes water, sparking renewed denials and reminders of why that isn’t a current possibility.

Group works to protect Michigan’s Point Betsie Lighthouse
- by The Associated Press

An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site’s shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan’s high water levels.

Some worry if New York’s coming plastic bag ban is enough
- by The Associated Press

New York retailers have begun giving up single-use plastic bags as the state prepares for the March 1 implementation of a ban aimed at reducing pollution.

The Soo Locks: Past, present, future
- by Ric Mixter

Curious about the history of the Soo Locks and how they came to be? Check out this timeline that will take you through notable moments in the Locks’ history.

Fighting polarization in algal bloom controversy
- by GLN Editor

Researchers at the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research surveyed 1,000 Ohioans to gauge support of strategies to prevent western Lake Erie algal blooms.

Ohio wants to put Lake Erie on a new, strict pollution diet
- by The Associated Press

The state plans to establish tougher regulations on runoff that’s feeding the outbreaks by limiting how much of the pollution is allowed to flow into the lake’s western end, Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency said.

PFAS weekly roundup: $1M spent in Kalamazoo County, bills face industry opposition in Wisconsin, Ohio River study being designed
- by Ric Mixter

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with PFAS in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Ohio anti-protest bill could criminalize support for pipeline demonstrations
- by Energy News Network

A federal judge ruled against similar language in a South Dakota law last year that was deemed too vague.