Great Lakes

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Lake Erie: From Green to Clean

As the summer Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) season loads up, we’re keeping our eye on the Lake Erie blooms and can answer your most pressing questions. From the causes to … Read more

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Blurred Tunnel Vision: Enbridge’s Risky Line 5 Expansions

Recently, the Michigan Public Service Commission granted Enbridge a site permit for the plan to relocate the dangerous Line 5 pipeline into a tunnel running under the Straits of Mackinac. … Read more

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Healthy Great Lakes, Communities, and Wildlife

If you can clearly see your home from outer space, you live in a special place. Here at the Great Lakes Regional Center, we are privileged to live in a … Read more

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Invasive Carp Project Faces Potential Delays

If you live in the upper Midwest, you certainly know about the negative impacts that aquatic invasive species have on our Great Lakes, the fishery and our quality of life. … Read more

Great Lakes States Show Leadership in Development of PFAS Policies

With over 3,000 PFAS-contaminated sites in the U.S., these forever chemicals are a nationwide problem. But if you looked at a map of the known contamination across the country, the … Read more

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Taking Stock of the Algal Soup

I’ve been sailing on Lake Erie for over twenty years, which incidentally coincides with the reemergence of toxic algal blooms. I’ve seen algal blooms large and small, of varying degrees … Read more

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Closing the Door on Invasive Species

Many years ago, a friend and I landed our boat on the beach at Sterling Park on Lake Erie. Setting up decoys to hunt for waterfowl, we stepped into the chilly … Read more

New NWF Film Explores the Risk of Invasive Carp to the Great Lakes and the Effort to Stop Them

On one set of starting blocks, picture the mass of invasive carp occupying the Mississippi River system and its tributaries, moving ever North in search of the food resources necessary … Read more

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Enbridge and Canada’s Attack on Water Rights to Keep Line 5 Open

Canada is standing with Enbridge to dismantle core State and Tribal rights to protect land and water in an attack that impacts all states and all Indigenous Nations across the … Read more

Chemicals of Emerging Concern in the Great Lakes: The Imperative for Additional Action

The Great Lakes play a critical role in providing drinking water, transportation, recreation, and livelihoods for the millions of people in the Great Lakes basin. Yet, the health of the … Read more