Scientists are discovering that as we expel traces of pharmaceuticals, they may not be so good for the health of our aquatic wildlife, and perhaps us. A new report by researchers at the University of Montreal evaluates the occurrence and risks of 27 pharmaceuticals and metabolites in the St. Lawrence River watershed. Read the full story by the Watertown Daily Times.

Congressional lawmakers are coming to Wisconsin later this week to talk about an important resource that keeps the Great Lakes region’s economy afloat: icebreaking. Senator Tammy Baldwin is set to host a hearing with U.S. Coast Guard officials and business leaders to testify on the need to expand icebreaking capacity on the Great Lakes. Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

While the Great Lakes shoreline is usually armored in the winter by ice cover, this year’s record low level of ice cover means coastal areas face a risk of more erosion. As climate forecasts anticipate continued dwindling of ice coverage each winter, ongoing maintenance along the shoreline to prevent erosion may be needed moving forward. Read the full story by WSJM-FM – Benton Harbor, MI.

United States and Canadian Coast Guard representatives came together to sign a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) earlier this month. The MOU is a new agreement to coordinate ice breaking efforts throughout the main waterways of the Great Lakes, as well as connecting waters like the Georgian Bay and St. Lawrence River. Read the full story by The Sault News.