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2017 Areas of Concern Annual Meeting
The 2017 Areas of Concern Annual Meeting, presented by the U.S. EPA, will be held March 29-30, 2017, at the Eberhard Conference Center at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Online registration is now available.

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Elk Lake trout may be new hope for Lake Michigan
Traverse City Record-Eagle (2/23)
Scientists have found a potential new ally in the fight to restore lake trout in Lake Michigan. Elk Lake in Antrim and Grand Traverse counties is home to a strain of fish that researchers say can contribute uniquely to trout restoration in Lake Michigan.

Bill would make illegal dumping of sediment in Lake Erie a felony
Toledo Blade (2/23)
As Ohio moves toward banning the dumping of dredged sediment into the open waters of Lake Erie by 2020, lawmakers are proposing to make it a felony for anyone to purposely dispose of such material without authorization.

Warm winter has less impact on Great Lakes water levels
Detroit Free Press (2/22)
Despite the lack of ice cover, lake levels have remained above their long term monthly averages and could remain above those monthly averages through 2017. That's due in part of reduced evaporation because air temperatures have been milder than usual.

Low alewife numbers heighten concern over chinook stocking
Journal Sentinel (2/22)
Scientists last year found a record low biomass of alewives in Lake Michigan, heightening concerns about the balance of predator and prey fish in the lake as well as Wisconsin's chinook salmon stocking strategy for 2017.

Public meetings in Buffalo, other cities target Great Lakes
WBFO-Buffalo, NY (2/22)
Residents in the Great Lakes region will get a chance to voice their concerns about the waters' health in a series of March meetings. The International Joint Commission, which helps regulate use of the Great Lakes, has announced dates and other details of meetings scheduled in Buffalo and five other cities.

Lighthouse landscaping plan could feature new boathouse
Port Clinton News Herald (2/22)
Six months after relocating to its new permanent home overlooking the shores of Lake Erie, the historic Port Clinton Lighthouse remains a hot spot for tourists and locals alike.

Flint plan for $100M in fed funding advances to EPA
The Detroit News (2/22)
Flint intends to use $100 million in federal funds to improve its water treatment plant, replace underground pipes and make other system improvements, according to a request submitted Friday by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Sheboygan launches largest UV disinfection system
Sheboygan Press (2/22)
On Aug. 1, 2016, the Sheboygan Water Utility, which is located in Wisconsin, began operation of its ultraviolet disinfection facility – the largest in the state for drinking water.

Conveyor belt system to move cargo at Soo Locks raises questions
Detroit Free Press (2/22)
Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation raised concerns today that the Army Corps of Engineers may be considering an unorthodox alternative in a cost-benefit study that, if true, could potentially hurt the case being made for a new super-size navigational shipping lock at a key chokepoint on the Great Lakes.

AG Bill Schuette says vessel discharge bill could threaten Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (2/21)
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is among a group of law enforcement officials asking U.S. Senate leaders to stop legislation that commercial shippers on the Great Lakes say will help business but that environmentalists believe could lead to more invasive species entering waterways.

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