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Animal Quiz: What Great Lakes aquarium animal are you in quarantine?
- by Natasha Blakely

Take a breather from everything else going on in the world and try this lighthearted Great Lakes Now quiz.

Great Lakes Learning: Which is the best of the 5 Great Lakes?
- by Gary Abud Jr.

Everyone can weigh in on their favorite lake in this fun debate that will inspire at-home learning too.

Rescuing History: Museum experts across Michigan race to save the Midland archive
- by Kathy Johnson

On Memorial Day weekend, volunteers were sorting through damp artifacts, carrying boxes, ripping up carpets, removing drywall and cleaning to help save waterlogged artifacts.

Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Ohio wind power in Lake Erie, solar projects stall in Illinois, major Wisconsin coal plant to close
- by Ian Wendrow

Catch the latest in Great Lakes energy news in Great Lakes Now’s fortnightly headline roundup.

Day in the Life: How are Shedd Aquarium’s animals coping in the absence of visitors?
- by Natasha Blakely

“All the animals notice the lack of the public,” said Eve Barrs, senior aquarist at Shedd.

COVID-19 Connection: Pandemic provides an opportunity for fish and insects to bond
- by Natasha Blakely

Like many other aquariums and museums, the Belle Isle Conservancy is finding ways to engage with the public and keep its animals entertained.

Pollution, Permits: Enbridge, Michigan grapple with Line 5 tunnel project
- by Gary Wilson

Pipeline tunnel project to discharge pollutants into Lake Michigan. Enbridge and Michigan meet in court.

Huge Interest: Aquatarium finds its feet during COVID-19 with virtual engagement
- by Natasha Blakely

Though Ontario’s Aquatarium is currently closed to the public, that hasn’t stopped staff from finding ways to engage with the public about the animals.

Virus upsets summer plans for Isle Royale park
- by The Associated Press

Camping might become available by late June or July but there will be no ferry service.

Indiana Dunes starts beach parking information line
- by The Associated Press

National park rangers and local officials will monitor park beaches and lots for overcrowding and dangerous conditions.

More Than Dow: Chemicals, contaminants and untreated sewage all washed out by Midland dam breaks
- by Natasha Blakely

The potential environmental impacts of the flood are wide ranging.

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site
- by The Associated Press

Scientists and activists fear some of the progress made to clean up dioxin pollution has washed away with the floodwaters that overwhelmed two dams this week.