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  1. Michigan has moved too far in treating our wealth of waterways more as consumer products than as public goods. This is most evident with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the statewide public agency whose effectiveness has been impaired by years of budget cuts and lost capacity. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press. View the full article
  2. An executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Tuesday reversed an Obama-era policy that ordered for the protection of oceans and the Great Lakes. U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) sent a letter to the President on Wednesday to remind him that there is a permanent federal ban on gas and oil drilling in the Great Lakes. Read the full story by WWMT – Kalamazoo, MI. View the full article
  3. Michigan’s AuSable Harbor on Lake Huron will undergo a $420,000 dredging project in the near future, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. Read the full story by Oscoda Press. View the full article
  4. The Michigan Cleaner Lake Erie through Action and Research (MI CLEAR) partnership formed last summer to prevent algae blooms and improve the lake’s water quality. It includes 20 organizations that have partnered to better inform Michigan residents about ongoing science and research centered around the health of Lake Erie. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press. View the full article
  5. Officials with Ontario’s Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area say they’re pleased with recent cleanup efforts in a north shore bay, but pollution prevention is key going forward. Read the full story by CBC. View the full article
  6. The heavy rains that pounded Milwaukee on Monday caused the Milwaukee Metro Sewerage District (MMSD) to send untreated sewage into rivers and Lake Michigan for the first time in nearly two years. Read the full story by WTMJ, Wisconsin. View the full article
  7. The Minnesota Department of Health has issued “water contact not advised” warnings for Agate Bay Beach in Two Harbors, Knife River Marina Beach and Twin Points public access near Gooseberry Falls State Park after high levels of E. coli bacteria were measured at the three sites following heavy rainfall last weekend. Read the full story by the Duluth News Tribune. View the full article
  8. A measure to put $36 million in state funds behind efforts to stem the flow of the nutrient runoff fueling the toxic green slime that annually plagues Lake Erie is expected to reach Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s desk by month’s end. Read the full story by The Blade. View the full article
  9. This Sunday in St. Catharines, Ontario young Niagarans will be encouraged to look at working on ships as a career as the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada, and Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey kick off the Be a Seafarer recruitment campaign. The initiative is a partnership between SIU of Canada, and Canada’s major Great Lakes shipping companies. Read the full story in the St. Catharines Standard. View the full article
  10. Catastrophic rain and flooding in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and parts of Wisconsin have left two counties in “a state of disaster,” at least one person dead, and thousands of residents without crucial roadways. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press. View the full article
  11. Rachel Coale, outreach coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Office of the Great Lakes, said the exhibits are aimed at bringing “cultural resources” to somewhat smaller communities that don’t always have access to such programs. Read the full story by the Petoskey News Review. View the full article
  12. A shortage of Milwaukee County lifeguards left Atwater Beach without lifeguards last year, so this year, the village of Shorewood is partnering with a local firm to staff lifeguards starting Saturday, June 23. Read the full story by the Journal Sentinel. View the full article
  13. Less than one month after environmental and voter organizations challenged the state of Wisconsin’s approval for Foxconn Technology Group to use Lake Michigan water for its planned Mount Pleasant complex, the company said it will spend $30 million on a system that will reduce its daily water use by more than 50 percent. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Business Journal. View the full article
  14. The state of Michigan is auctioning off 41 prime parcels of land in picturesque Presque Isle County, including Lake Huron waterfront property. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press. View the full article
  15. A CBC reporter spent a day with the crew of the Kimmy Sue, a Wheatley, Ontario-based commercial fishing boat that catches perch and pickerel on Lake Erie. Read the full story by the CBC. View the full article