The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to hear a dispute over Great Lakes shoreline ownership that could have regional implications for public beach access. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press.
Articles from Great Lakes Commission
Beach-walking is a long-held tradition for the Great Lakes that has been historically upheld in legal disputes. The recent challenge to these laws by Indiana property owners would overturn this public right. Read the full story by the Detroit Free Press.
Great Lakes reefs are critical spawning habitat for Great Lakes fish but are being buried by invasive mussels and sediment from farm run-off. Scientists and fishery managers are trying to stop fish populations from shrinking by building new artificial reefs and researching other potential fish habitat solutions. Read the full story by the Chicago Tribune.
The popular car ferry between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, may face a delayed opening this spring if the federal government is closed and unable to disburse grant money for dock repairs. Read the full story by the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine will serve as vice chairman of the multi-state Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers will chair the conference. Read the full story by the Toledo Blade.
The Great Lakes Cruising Club was formed in 1934 as a network to share information about ports and shores along the Great Lakes. Club members compile reports on ports across the region to help others plan for exploring the Great Lakes. Read the full story by The Plain Dealer.
The New York Department of Health should adopt proposed drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals. New York’s proposed standard for PFAS would be the strictest in the nation. Read the full story by the Times Union.
State and federal officials, including Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, should support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to stop the invasive Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Read the full story by the Youngstown Vindicator.
A “crucial” part of responding to an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac is unmanned and offline due the partial federal government shutdown. The computer which models currents in the Straits and informs cleanup crews where oil would travel in the event of a Line 5 rupture has been shut down and its operators furloughed since Dec. 26. Read the full story by MLive.
A new bill in the Michigan Senate would set a limit of 5 parts per trillion for two common PFAS chemicals in drinking water. The current Environmental Protection Agency advisory level is 70 parts per trillion. Listen to the full story by Michigan Radio.
In Ohio, Metroparks Toledo now has a commitment of $7.9 million for the first phase of the unnamed park it is developing across the Maumee River from downtown inside East Toledo’s Marina District. Read the full story by The Blade.
Residents in Michigan cities including Commerce Township, Farmington Hills and Walled Lake may see discolored water coming from their taps on Wednesday due to transmission main testing. Read the full story by WDIV-TV – Detroit, MI.