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State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report
The Governments of Canada and the United States recently released the State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report. Overall, the Great Lakes are assessed as "Fair and Unchanging." While progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes has been made, including the reduction of toxic chemicals, challenges remain with issues such as invasive species and nutrients.


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Live Asian carp discovered just nine miles from Lake Michigan
Chicago Tribune (6/23)
A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday.

Chicago River still teems with bacteria flushed from sewers after storms
Chicago Tribune (6/23)
In Illinois, a new analysis found that sewage and runoff flowed into the Chicago River about once every six days last year, and even more frequently during the May-to-October recreation season.

Paddleboarders complete trek across Lake Huron
The Alpena News (6/23)
After 28 hours, 100 miles and 73,920 paddleboard strokes, the group Stand Up for the Great Lakes finished its journey across Lake Huron to raise money for Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

St. Lawrence River designated as historic site
CTV-TV - Montreal, QC (6/22)
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard designated the St. Lawrence River as an historic site, but the designation doesn't give the river any special protection.

Effect of climate change on Great Lakes' algae under review
Traverse-City Record Eagle (6/22)
Climate change experts are trying to predict what effect climate change will have on the waters of the Great Lakes — including the possibility of a surge of algal blooms.

Lake Michigan shipwreck an underwater classroom full of mystery, history
WGN-TV - Chicago, IL (6/22)
Morgan Shoal, near Chicago, Illinois, is a shallow body of water with a rock hard bottom. It is the site of the wreck of the Silver Spray, a ship that sank in July 1914.

Boaters, anglers celebrate surging water levels
WBAY-TV - Green Bay, WI (6/22)
In Wisconsin, the waters of the Bay of Green Bay have risen four feet in four years, allowing anglers to reach areas they haven't in over a decade and also benefiting the shipping industry.

Opponents continue to push for pipeline to close
Sarnia Observer (6/22)
An oil and gas pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan on the way to Sarnia, Ontario, has passed pressure tests carried out recently, but opponents still have concerns.

Lake Ontario water levels fall as record outflows continue
The Buffalo News (6/22)
For the second consecutive week, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board allowed nearly 2.75 million gallons of water per second to flow out of Lake Ontario and into the St. Lawrence River.

Invasive species gang up on crayfish
Traverse City Record-Eagle (6/22)
A new study looking into invasive zebra and quagga mussels’ relationship with invasive rusty crayfish illustrates how the harm they cause together can be greater than either of them alone.

Seaway traffic slows as record amount of water is released
WNYF-TV - Watertown, NY (6/22)
Due to the faster current resulting from an increase of water released into the St. Lawrence River, seaway freighters have been ordered to slow down when navigating through the river.

Great Lakes grant to aid Honeoye Lake research into algal blooms
Livingston County News (6/22)
The Great Lakes Research Consortium has awarded a $25,000 grant for a study of algal blooms in Honeoye Lake located south of Rochester, New York.

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