Water test: Where biology meets geometry in the Great Lakes

How the shape of the Great Lakes now compares with their past is important as negotiators update the consent decree addressing commercial and recreational fishing interests in waters covered by an 1836 treaty. The deadline is at the end of June, the third such decree covering these contentious waters. The most recent one in 2000 was for 20 years, and it’s overdue for an update.  

Federal budget proposal dredges up fight for Sea Grant

A coastal protection program that generated an estimated $86.9 million in economic impact across six Great Lakes offices in 2016 has again been zeroed out in the federal budget proposal after strong lawmaker support successfully restored funding to the program for 2018.

Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Line 5?

Environmentalists say the Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac poses a risk to the Great Lakes, and the state is looking into it. Michigan recently received a list of potential replacements for the 64-year-old pipeline.