After years of detecting harmful algae in Lake Erie’s Sandusky Bay, Bowling Green State University (BGSU) researchers recently discovered that a toxic cyanobacterium called Planktothrix has essentially disappeared. The drop in toxins signals a major improvement in a body of water that millions rely upon for life, work, and play. Read the full story by The Toledo Blade.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking people to give advice about a proposed national marine sanctuary in Lake Erie adjacent to Erie, Pennsylvania. Adding a sanctuary would enable NOAA to protect the region’s maritime heritage resources, including a nationally significant collection of shipwrecks, according to the agency. Read the full story by Erie Times-News.