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  1. “We are seeing increases in a number of dry and liquid bulk commodities as well as U.S. and Canadian grain,” Craig Middlebrook, deputy administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, said in a news release Wednesday. Read the full story by the Duluth News Tribune. View the full article
  2. The volunteer board of St. Mary’s River Marine Heritage Centre has launched an online petition aimed at persuading the Sault Ste. Marie, ON City Council to drop the eviction notice it served earlier this year on the museum ship Norgoma. Read the full story by Soo Today. View the full article
  3. Half of all the plastics that we’ve ever produced were produced in the last 13 years and half of those are single-use, and they are getting into the Great Lakes. Read the full story by National Public Radio, Pittsburgh. View the full article
  4. News this year that Gov. Scott Walker had pulled his support for a national marine sanctuary off Wisconsin’s east coast came as a “bolt out of the blue.” Read the full story by the Sheboygan Press. View the full article
  5. A massive 1960 flood in Odanah, Wisconsin, home to thousands of members of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, was the beginning of a monumental shift in life on the reservation. In the next three decades, waves of people moved out of the flood plain until virtually the entire town had relocated to higher ground. Read the full story by National Public Radio. View the full article
  6. People attending the inaugural Great Lakes Surf Festival in Muskegon this weekend won’t have any excuse to the bored. The event has a full day of events lined up, including surfing, paddleboarding, kite boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, music, camping and yoga. Read the full story by Mlive.com. View the full article
  7. More than one hundred Canadian municipal wastewater systems did not report how much raw sewage overflowed from their pipes in 2017 but Environment Canada is only investigating two of them for violating federal regulations. Read the full story by The Canadian Press, Ottawa. View the full article
  8. With a one-of-a-kind meteorite hunter called “Starfall” combing the depths of Lake Michigan, a team from the Adler Planetarium might pull off the improbable. Read the full story by ABC7, Manitowoc WI. View the full article
  9. Water temperatures are reaching prime bath-water feel at beaches along Lake Michigan, and the near-shore temps aren’t the only ones hitting some high notes. Read the full story by Mlive.com. View the full article
  10. In the city’s water quality reports, microcystin has been labeled as non-detect for the last four years. In the recent report released in August, the report showed 0.131 parts per billion, but city leaders are confident that this isn’t something people should be worried about. Read the full story by WTOL11, Toledo. View the full article
  11. At the request of the developer, discussion about a 200-plus home development featuring mixed use has been removed from the Muskegon City Planning Commission agenda for Thursday, Aug. 16. Read the full story by mlive.com View the full article
  12. Tourism is a big part of the Great Lakes Bay Region economy. Congressman Dan Kildee met with area representatives to discuss the importance of state and federal governments working with local tourism leaders. Read the full story by WSGW News Radio. View the full article
  13. News Ann Arbor, Mich. – The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) announced that nearly $900,000 in grants has been awarded to seven local organizations to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and other pollutants into the Great Lakes. This runoff has economic and environmental impacts and contributes to the formation of harmful algal blooms and dead zones in the lakes. Grant recipients will use the funding to install long-term structural practices to limit sediment or nutrient runoff and implement programs to ensure nutrients are applied to agricultural land from the right source, in the right place, at the right rate and time (often referred to as the 4Rs of nutrient management). “Working with local partners to implement these conservation practices is critical to protecting water quality in the Great Lakes region,” said John Linc Stine, chair of the GLC and commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. “This program enables communities to take specific, measured steps toward reducing the sediment and nutrient runoff affecting their local watersheds.” Funding for the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)-led initiative designed to accelerate efforts to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes. Grants totaling $894,392 have been awarded to the following recipients: Allegan Conservation District, Michigan Blanchard River Watershed Partnership, Ohio Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District, New York Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Village of Glencoe, Illinois LaGrange County Soil and Water Conservation District, Indiana Mequon Nature Preserve, Inc., Wisconsin More information about the projects is available here. Please visit www.keepingitontheland.net or email Nicole Zacharda at the GLC for more information on the Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program. ← Previous news release The Great Lakes Commission, led by chair John Linc Stine, commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, is an interstate compact agency established under state and U.S. federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region and its residents. The Commission consists of governors’ appointees, state legislators, and agency officials from its eight member states. Associate membership for Ontario and Québec was established through the signing of a “Declaration of Partnership.” The Commission maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission office is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn more at www.glc.org. Contact For questions or media inquiries, please contact Beth Wanamaker, [email protected] Recent GLC News Great Lakes Commission awards nearly $900,000 under Great Lakes Sediment and Nutrient Reduction Program The Advisor e-newsletter: July 2018 Great Lakes Commission, partners celebrate completion of Buffalo River habitat restoration projects Great Lakes Commission releases ErieStat to support Lake Erie phosphorus reduction efforts Upcoming GLC Events 2018 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting October 2 - October 3 View GLC Calendar > View the full article
  14. The 500-member Lake Erie Foundation is the latest group trying to become co-plaintiffs in a lawsuit calling upon Senior U.S. District Judge James G. Carr to order the most comprehensive cleanup strategy for western Lake Erie. Read the full story by The Toledo Blade. View the full article
  15. The water of Lake Superior along the rocky shoreline of northwestern Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands is normally cold, clear and pristine. But late last week, kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshore found a scummy algae on Superior’s surface. Read the full story by Minnesota Public Radio. View the full article