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New Standards on Lead and Copper: EGLE educates public on lead regulations while water suppliers fight new rule
- by Gary Wilson

Improving drinking water quality was one of the campaign pledges Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made during her successful campaign in 2018.

Billions Invested in Clean Water: Port Milwaukee implements a range of methods to great success
- by Melissa Walsh

The Lynyrd Skymmr is a 50-foot-long river skimmer that cruises Port Milwaukee‘s waterways several times a week to collect floating debris — dead fish, plastic bottles, branches and other refuse.

7.5 on Severity Index: Projections for Lake Erie toxic algae worse than 2018
- by James Proffitt

The 2019 forecast offered by NOAA stands at 7.5 – worse than last year but not as bad as the 2011 and 2015 blooms.

PFAS Update: New drinking water standards, legislation to ban PFAS firefighting foam and exposure assessments are all in development
- by Natasha Blakely

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin organized a public forum on PFAS to update the community on what’s in progress to address contamination.

Infrastructure and More: Researchers and university leaders report on Michigan’s needs and opportunities
- by GLNeditor

Detroit Public TV will stream the Infrastructure Innovation Tour’s final stop. Learn more about what research is being done to help Michigan with water quality, the maritime industry, mobility, energy and communications.

IJNR Snapshots: Septic systems pose an environmental and economic dilemma for rural residents
- by Natasha Blakely

With the need for a new sewer system to protect the lake and the expense of such a system, some Tippecanoe Lake residents are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

IJNR Snapshots: Some Ohio farmland is being returned to its glory days as the Great Black Swamp
- by Natasha Blakely

The Black Swamp Conservancy has been attempting to bring back some of Ohio’s wetlands, buying up farmland to convert into nature reserves. GLN News Director Natasha Blakely learned more while on a fellowship with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. Read her reports.

IJNR Snapshots: The human and environmental costs of emergency management in Detroit and Flint
- by Natasha Blakely

When residents in Detroit and Flint started to suffer consequences from choices made under emergency management, their attempts to address those concerns were often ignored. GLN News Director Natasha Blakely learned more while on a fellowship with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. Read her reports.

IJNR Snapshots: Cost, timing, weather and lack of regulation make nutrient management hard for farmers around Lake Erie
- by Natasha Blakely

In the absence of regulation, there’s a continued push for voluntary nutrient management among farmers in Ohio. GLN News Director Natasha Blakely learned more while on a fellowship with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources. Read her reports.

Road Trip: Michigan lawmakers head to Illinois to talk carp prevention
- by Gary Wilson

The Army Corps briefs the congressional delegation on its plan to deter the Asian carp invasion. “All the pieces are in place,” says Sen. Stabenow.

A Great Lakes Moment from John Hartig
- by John Hartig

It’s been five decades since the most famous of the fires on Cleveland’s River. Since then, the cleanup of the Cuyahoga River has also led to the transformation of the Cleveland Flats from an industrial wasteland into a community where nature, commerce, and industry live together.

Restoring Howards Bay: Legacy lead and other contaminants are targets of dredging and capping.
- by Melissa Walsh

Where Wisconsin and Minnesota share a Lake Superior harbor, a $13.8 million clean-up project at this Area of Concern will launch in 2020, removing lead and other contaminants, some a century old, that persist in the waterway.