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Toronto and the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Now's coverage of the 416.

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Drinking Water News Roundup: US Steel spill, lead pipes, First Nations boil water advisories, Ohio wetlands
- by Maya Sundaresan

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

Hoping to avoid Enbridge Line 5 shutdown, Canada asks U.S. to negotiate
- by Bridge Michigan

The Canadian government wants a federal judge to halt Michigan’s efforts to shut down the Line 5 pipeline until Canadian and U.S. diplomats can talk it out.

Great Lakes Moment: International wetlands treaty turns 50
- by John Hartig

Most regions throughout the world would be happy to have one wetland of international importance, but the region that includes southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario is notable for having three.

Adaptation vs. Mitigation: Canada’s national climate change adaptation strategy needs balance
- by Andrew Reeves

Canada’s national approach to climate change was updated in mid-August with a focus on Indigenous reconciliation, nature-based solutions like natural infrastructure, and the post-COVID creation of green jobs.

Coastal Concerns: Communities lack skilled staff and funding to tackle erosion and flooding
- by Taylor Haelterman

Almost 300 coastal community leaders across the five Great Lakes and various connecting channels responded to the survey, with 95% of them highly or moderately concerned about erosion and flooding.

Lake Superior Summer: Blue-green algal blooms come to a lake once believed immune
- by Sharon Oosthoek

As the deepest and most northern of the Great Lakes, Superior was once thought immune to algal blooms, which is why it was such a shock when the first report of blue-green algae came in 2012.

Canada commits $340 million to Indigenous protected areas, guardians programs
- by The Narwhal

The Canadian federal government announced it will provide funding over the next five years to support Indigenous-led stewardship of lands and waters under its $2.3 billion commitment to nature conservation.

Depleted wetlands impact freshwater turtles in Toronto
- by Great Lakes Echo

The density of turtles in the wetlands were lower than researchers had hoped. It’s estimated that about 85% of the wetlands and shoreline of Lake Ontario are gone.

Drinking Water Roundup: Senate passes $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Canada reaches $8 billion settlement with First Nations
- by Rachel Duckett

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

Duckling Docks: Toronto installs floating docks to save drowning birds
- by Sharon Oosthoek

Parts of Toronto’s harbor are lined by high dock lines intended for ships, making it impossible for ducks to climb out and rest. But a series of low, floating docks recently installed by PortsToronto should change that.

Bacteria Cleanup: Should we let nature clean up oil spills?
- by Brian Owens

Natural populations of oil-degrading bacteria could help to clean up freshwater rivers and lakes after spills from pipelines and trains, researchers have found after experiments.

Boating on a Budget: Get off land and onto the Great Lakes
- by James Proffitt

Check out Great Lakes Now’s guide to getting on the water without burning a hole in your wallet.