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Tokyo Time: How to watch the Great Lakes sailors in Olympic competition
- by GLN Editor

Ten Olympic Canadian and U.S. sailors hail from the Great Lakes. Here’s how to follow them in Tokyo.

Thousand Island Dressing Mystery: Uncertain origins of one of America’s favorite sauces
- by Rachel Duckett

What is the original recipe? It’s a different story depending on who is asked.

The Suckers: Great Lakes’ “best supporting fishes” are important to the food web
- by Sandra Svoboda

Karen Murchie, director of freshwater research at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, talked all about suckers and what they mean for the Great Lakes in this Q&A with GLN Host Ward Detwiler.

Some Chicagoans Wary of Lead Pipe Replacement
- by Circle of Blue

The response to Chicago’s lead pipe replacement project is a story playing out in neighborhoods across the country. Government public interest initiatives, even with the best of intentions and resources, are being curtailed by mistrust.

Saving Shipwrecks and Sturgeon – Episode 1027
- by Christina Amato

Marine sanctuaries protect shipwrecks while volunteers guard sturgeon against poachers.    

See the Sturgeon: The many ways to see, touch and appreciate sturgeon around the region
- by Noah Bock

Wisconsin’s Sturgeon Fest celebrates a multi-year lake sturgeon restoration program and is just one of a long list Great Lakes Now has compiled on sturgeon-related activities to explore this summer.

Minnesota court sends PolyMet air permit case back to agency
- by The Associated Press

The court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency hadn’t sufficiently justified granting the permit after opponents raised allegations that PolyMet was planning a much larger mine.

Invasive weed starry stonewort confirmed in Leech Lake, Minnesota
- by The Associated Press

An invasive weed that can choke out native plants and fish habitat has been found in one of Minnesota’s largest and most popular walleye lakes.

Indiana Dunes collecting visitors’ ideas for new services
- by The Associated Press

Two open houses are set for Thursday and Friday at the national park in northwestern Indiana.

Comments Requested: Lake Ontario marine sanctuary proposal moves forward
- by Noah Bock

NOAA announced a public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Lake Ontario marine sanctuary, including feedback on what areas the sanctuary should include.

PFAS News Roundup: EPA approved PFAS use for fracking, $20M for Ontario airport cleanup, PFAS Action Act set for House vote
- by Noah Bock

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

I Speak for the Fish: Mussel memory, the race to save an endangered species
- by Kathy Johnson

For eight hours each day, Kathy Johnson knelt in waist-deep water sorting a steady flow of material moving along a two-foot-wide conveyor belt. She was looking for treasure but not of the golden variety – her team was after an endangered freshwater mussel.