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Ontario easing some capacity limits

Ontario is easing capacity limits for some indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required.

Capacity limits at indoor meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres; sporting events; concerts, theatres and cinemas; racing venues (e.g., horse racing); and commercial and film television productions with studio audiences will be increased to up to 50 per cent capacity or 10,000 people.

Conservation Authorities update flood statements in Midwestern Ontario

The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority has extended the Flood Watch issued on Wednesday until Monday, September 27 for areas downstream of Priceville along the main Saugeen River.

Between Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning, the SVCA watershed received as much as 125 millimeters of persistent rain, with the most rain recorded in Durham and Hanover. As a result, water levels in the main Saugeen River continue to build into today in Priceville and Durham, likely to peak overnight.

Steady increase in COVID-19 cases in Midwestern Ontario

Huron Perth Public Health added six cases of COVID-19 Friday, three in Perth East, and one each in North Perth, Huron East and St. Marys. There are 29 active cases, and three residents are hospitalized with the virus.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit added one new case of COVID-19 Friday, in West Grey. There are 15 active cases. Two residents remain in the hospital fighting the virus.

Keeping trash out of the Great Lakes: EPA awards $309,300 to city of Erie, Pennsylvania

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a $309,300 grant to the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, to keep litter and trash out of Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie provided by the Trash-Free Waters Grant under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read the full story by WZTE-FM – UNION CITY, PA.

NOAA grant will ‘supercharge’ Lake Superior beach cleanups, debris removal

The Lake Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Conservancy, a nonprofit group based in Marquette, Michigan, received $122,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this year to remove marine debris from Upper Peninsula beaches and harbors. Read the full story by MLive.

Hot summer causes algae blooms to become more common on Lake Superior

This year at least six algae blooms were reported on the western arm of Lake Superior, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are likely increasing in the lake due to warm surface water and ample sunlight.

Multiple waterspouts spotted on Lake Michigan amid high winds, waves

Waterspouts, an atmospheric phenomenon that resembles a tornado-like column of swirling air on water, were formed on Lake Michigan Wednesday amid gusty winds and high, damaging waves, according to multiple reports on social media. Read the full story by WMAQ-TV – Chicago, IL.

Saugeen Ojibway Nation and Saugeen shores settle land claim

The Town of Saugeen Shores and the Saugeen Ojibway Nation have reached an out of court resolution to Saugeen Shore’s involvement in a long-standing legal action in relation to parts of the Bruce Peninsula. That’s according to a media release from the municipality.

SON launched the claim approximately 25 years ago. it went to trial in 2019, and the two sides reached an agreement this week.