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US states look to step up wolf kills, pushed by Republicans
- by The Associated Press

Wolf hunting policies in some states are taking an aggressive turn, as Republican lawmakers and conservative hunting groups push to curb their numbers and propose tactics shunned by many wildlife managers.

Short Season: Sturgeon spearing plays big role in conservation efforts for the ancient fish
- by James Proffitt

This year, sturgeon season on Michigan’s Black Lake lasted just over two hours.

City of La Crosse sues foam-makers over PFAS pollution
- by The Associated Press

The Wisconsin city is seeking an unspecified amount of damages to cover investigating the extent of the contamination and treating it.

Pennsylvania hauled to court over blocking plastic bag bans
- by The Associated Press

Philadelphia and three other municipalities in Pennsylvania sued the state over what they say was a covert abuse of legislative power to temporarily halt local bans or taxes on plastic bags handed out to customers by retailers.

Building Resilience in Rural America
- by Eos

People in rural communities are often hit disproportionately hard by natural hazards. That’s an issue for the Great Lakes region, which is made up of a lot more than just urban areas like Chicago, Cleveland or Duluth.

Rights vs. Regulations: When it comes to septic system codes, property rights remain a big barrier
- by Natasha Blakely

Aside from COVID-19 and climate change, one of the biggest barriers to a statewide code for septic systems in Michigan is individual property rights.

Great Lakes Moment: From the Rouge River to Persian Gulf, oil spill cleanups are handled by a Detroit company
- by John Hartig

Marine Pollution Control was founded in Detroit in 1967 as the first oil spill cleanup company in the Great Lakes and one of the very first in the nation.

PFAS News Roundup: Pennsylvania water utility sues 3M, Dupont, Michigan officials waited 8 months to warn residents
- by Natasha Blakely

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

Winous Point: Conservation and research play key roles in history of one of the oldest hunting clubs
- by James Proffitt

While hunting has been a hallmark of the Winous Point Shooting Club for more than 150 years, its true nature leans more toward conservation – especially since the creation of the Winous Point Marsh Conservancy two decades ago.

Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine
- by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was not required under federal law to investigate allegations by environmental groups and a Native American tribe of “sham permitting.”

Drinking Water News Roundup: Climate change and Illinois water withdrawals, clean water for Michigan students
- by Grace Dempsey

Catch the latest drinking water updates with Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Michigan dams need ‘immediate attention’ to prevent next failure
- by Bridge Michigan

A state task force has determined 86 recommendations released Thursday, identifying a host of regulatory, legal and funding fixes for aging dams and to boost dam safety.