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FRESH: New Wisconsin Law Aims to Protect Watersheds From Farm Runoff-
Fresh is a biweekly newsletter from Circle of Blue that unpacks the biggest international, state, and local policy news stories facing the Great Lakes region today.00
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Once beset by industrial pollution, Rouge River on a slow path to recovery-
Thanks to the Clean Water Act, the Rouge is no longer a dumping ground for industrial waste. But its gains are fragile and incomplete, with contaminants still soiling the river bottom and the fish that returned to its waters.
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Michigan brine brouhaha: Proposed limits for unpaved roads prompt dustup-
The salty solution is killing the state’s precious waters, but efforts to cut back on spraying have met fierce opposition.
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Road Salt, A Stealthy Pollutant, Is Damaging Michigan Waters-
Rivers and lakes are becoming saltier while law and practice limit effective responses.
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The Catch: Robots Tackle Shoreline Trash-
The bots will collect plastic pollution from both the shoreline and the water as part of a larger binational effort called the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup initiative.
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Clean Water Act at 50: environmental gains, challenges unmet-
Experts and activists agree many waterways are healthier now.
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MN Supreme Court: Farm country stream is protected waterway-
It’s unclear whether the ruling will affect other conflicts around the state involving drainage projects that preserve farmlands but increase the volume of pollutants flowing downstream.
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BP reaches $2.75M deal over Indiana refinery pollution-
Oil titan BP reached a $2.75 million settlement over air pollution from its largest refinery after environmentalists complained of repeated emissions violations.
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“Talking about the bloom:” Meet filmmaker David J. Ruck-
Great Lakes native David J. Ruck discusses environmental storytelling, Lake Erie’s algae blooms and his new documentary film, set to air on six PBS stations on Sept. 12.