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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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Cutting Great Lakes restoration funds by 97% hard to defend against its success
WIZM-LaCrosse, WI (3/22)
It's hard to miss the success of an initiative to clean the Great Lakes. That is, at least, the reasoning many environmental groups are using to push against a proposal from President Donald Trump to nearly completely defund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

How Asian carp could soon take over the Great Lakes — and how they could be stopped
Detroit Metro Times (3/22)
An excerpt from Dan Egan’s “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” describes how Asian carp were introduced to the United States.

Lake Ontario marine sanctuary application advances
WSKG - Vestal, NY (3/22)
A nomination to make part of Lake Ontario a national marine sanctuary is moving forward. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting the application for further consideration.

First ship of 2017 season arrives in Port of Green Bay
WLUK-TV-Green Bay, WI (3/21)
The start of spring brought with it the first ship of the season at the Port of Green Bay in Wisconsin. The Michigan Great Lakes arrived at 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to port officials, one day earlier than the first ship for the 2016 season.

How Trump's deep EPA budget cuts would impact NY
Gothamist (3/21)
President Trump's proposed 31 percent budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency will have "disastrous impacts" across New York State, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman predicted.

Great Lakes shipwrecks the focus of annual show in Holland
MLive (3/21)
The Holland-based Michigan Shipwreck Research Association sponsors an annual show, started two decades ago, as part of its mission to research shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and to document and present their findings to the public.

Hop aboard a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker as it clears the St. Marys River
SooToday (3/21)
With the Soo Locks scheduled to open for the Great Lakes shipping season Mar. 25, SooToday cameras visited the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw Monday, as it sailed along the St. Marys River crushing sheets of ice three feet thick.

Editorial: Donald Trump's budget makes clear he doesn't care about the Great Lakes
Globe Gazette (3/21)
Last week, we wrote that "cutting Great Lakes funding from $300 million to $10 million, as the Trump administration reportedly is considering, is unacceptable." Turns out that $10 million figure was optimistic.

Local farmers work to reduce runoff ahead of the 2017 algae season
WTVG-TV - Toledo, OH (3/21)
Nearly three years ago, toxic algae covered parts of Lake Erie and eventually made its way into drinking water in Toledo, Ohio. The crisis was a wake up call and put the health of the lake on everyone's radar.

Funding secured for wetlands restoration project
News Herald (3/21)
Port Clinton, Ohio, officials have secured additional funding for a $1.2 million project to restore several acres of native wetlands along Lake Erie near Waterworks Park and wipe out phragmites, an invasive plant species of tall reeds.

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