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Great Lakes restoration picks up another $12 million in grants

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A public-private partnership focused on Great Lakes habitat restoration recently announced $12 million in grants to 31 projects, including 10 in Michigan. The recipients will add another $11 million to this year’s Sustain Our Great Lakes funding, according to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Sustain Our Great Lakes program is funded and operated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ArcelorMittal, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Support for the program also comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which supplements the program’s goal to improve the ecological health of natural areas in the region. The program targets 1,700 acres of wetland and 300 miles of stream for habitat restoration and the improvement of fish passage, according to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Continue Reading →

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Detroit Public Television covers Great Lakes Restoration Conference

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Organizations focused on maintaining the Great Lakes meet this week in Grand Rapids to discuss environmental issues. This year’s Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, marks a decade of work. Attendees will diagnose possible future threats. Detroit Public Television is covering the conference the live on its Great Lakes Now program. Viewers can watch online speakers and panel discussions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) today and from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EST) Thursday. Continue Reading →

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Great Lakes month in review: What’s next in algae fight?

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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we’re focusing on the Toledo water crisis, which was in the news for several weeks this month, and could be again. This segment is produced by Current State as part of a partnership with Great Lakes Echo. Continue Reading →

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Magazine highlights the best of Lake Superior


Lake Superior Magazine’s September issue will includes its annual Best of the Lake list. The article highlights reader favorites in dozens of categories, from best spectacular views to best boat ride to best fish sandwich. All winners are chosen from the Lake Superior states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, plus Ontario, Canada. Current State’s Peter Whorf spoke with editor Konnie LeMay, who explains that certain categories are voted on every year because Michigan residents are interested to know about those particular hidden Michigan treasures. Continue Reading →

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A deeper dive into Lake Erie’s pea-green soup

Water 'buffalos,' like this one provided by the Ohio National Guard, kept Toledo residents supplied with drinking water during the recent 3-day water crisis. Image: Karen Schaefer

Karen Schaefer, an independent public radio journalist based in Ohio who has been covering algae blooms in Lake Erie for years, reported on the recent Toledo water crisis for Great Lakes Echo. Here she gives deeper background on the development of the threat posed by algae and what may lie ahead. Additional stories here. This report first appeared on WKAR’s Current State public affairs program and is produced as a partnership with Great Lakes Echo.   Continue Reading →

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