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Guiding light: How the North Pier Light evolved as a beacon for navigation

A 7-mile peninsula juts out into Lake Erie from the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, forming a magnificent natural harbor called Presque Isle Bay. Today, two active lighthouses protect the ships plying Lake Erie. The North Pierhead Lighthouse is one of them. Read the full story by the Erie Times-News.

What’s new at Peninsula State Park? Campgrounds receive upgrades, Eagle Tower remains closed

This year’s Peninsula State Park visitors can experience the park’s face lift with new and upgraded amenities, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday. Read the full story by the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Ogdensburg port among 8 U.S. sites to receive Pacesetter Award

The U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation announced that eight U.S. ports in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System received the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award registering increases in international cargo tonnage shipped through their ports during the 2020 navigation season. Read the full story by the Watertown Daily Times.

Tribal nations back Michigan in Line 5 pipeline dispute

Native American tribes say the risk of an oil spill from the Line 5 oil pipeline poses a “grave threat” to their right to hunt, fish and gather in northern Michigan and the Great Lakes. Tribal nations in Michigan assert that the Straits of Mackinac remain critically important for tribal fishers in the region, connected with cultural and spiritual practices and as a way to pass down teachings through generations.

Congress considers once-in-a-generation bill for conservation

A bipartisan bill to enhance wildlife protection was introduced in Congress this week. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act would provide states, territories and tribes with $1.4 billion annually to protect important species and their associated habitats, and directs the money towards Wildlife Action Plans used by conservation agencies. Read the full story by Great Lakes Echo.

Elected officials, environmental group raises alarm about large livestock pollution

Local elected officials and a Lake Erie environmental group raised the alarm Wednesday about a burst in new applications to expand or establish new intensive livestock operations on farms in the western Lake Erie watershed. Manure from these operations flows into tributaries and feed harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie. Read the full story by Toledo Blade.