The Great Lakes Now monthly television program is produced by Detroit Public TV in partnership with a network of PBS affiliates around the region. Shooting on location in eight states and Canada, the magazine-style show brings viewers stories about the recreational, economic, scientific, political and environmental issues related to the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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Latest News from Great Lakes Now

Documentary explores climate resilience in northern Michigan
- by Interlochen Public Radio

The Grand Valley State University documentary was screened at the Dennos Theater in Traverse City on Nov. 30.

Science Says What? Global worming and the Great Lakes (yes, you read that right)
- by Sharon Oosthoek

Invasion of the earthworms! It sounds like a bad Hollywood movie, but science can be stranger than fiction.

New York state sues Pepsico over plastic pollution in Buffalo
- by James Proffitt

The Buffalo River’s 450-square-mile watershed is a source of much plastic pollution, and officials say the vast majority of that pollution consists of single-use containers and packaging.

Remaking Port Milwaukee into a Great Lakes trade hub
- by Lisa John Rogers

Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan on Jones Island, Milwaukee’s newly updated port is emerging as a potential force in the city’s economy. 

Energy News Roundup: Renewable energy fuels major economic payoffs in rural Indiana, Amazon announces its first Michigan solar farm project
- by Kathy Johnson

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

Michigan could implement ambitious clean energy mandates and have carbon-free electricity by 2040
- by The Associated Press

Michigan is on the verge of implementing one of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy mandates, aiming to be carbon-free by 2040.

PFAS News Roundup: Wastewater is key contributor of ‘forever chemicals’ pollution, according to report
- by Kathy Johnson

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

After a pandemic pause, Detroit restarts water shut-offs – part of a nationwide trend as costs rise
- by The Conversation

Detroit residents with past-due bills are facing water shut-offs again after a reprieve during COVID-19. At the same time, providers are also raising rates.