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$8.6M to transform Howard Beach farmland into 700-acre coastal park
The Toledo Blade (4/29)
Nearly eight years after buying the land, Metroparks of the Toledo Area has given the go-ahead for the initial phase of Howard Marsh Metropark. Park district commissioners approved a contract to restore about 700 acres of former farmland into a coastal wetland recreation area.

DNR to stock chinook again at Gills Rock
Door County Pulse (4/29)
In Wisconsin, a group of dedicated Gills Rock anglers and charter captains will again babysit a large group of six-month-old Chinook salmon for two weeks.

City of Waukesha revises Great Lakes water plan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (4/28)
The City of Waukesha, Wis., would receive up to an average of 8.7 million gallons a day of Lake Michigan water by midcentury — down 13.86% from its earlier request — to serve a smaller area proposed by Great Lakes officials reviewing the city's plan for lake water.

$220M Flint aid package clears U.S. Senate panel
The Detroit News (4/28)
Legislation containing a $220 million Flint-inspired aid package being pushed by Michigan lawmakers in Congress cleared a key U.S. Senate committee, setting up a potential floor vote.

COMMENTARY: Energy East is a trap that Quebec should avoid
The Montreal Gazette (4/28)
Environmental and citizens’ groups across Quebec are celebrating a bittersweet victory as TransCanada has finally agreed to submit a limited environmental impact study of its Energy East pipeline project to Quebec authorities.

Milwaukee River project aims to draw more Great Lakes fish
Wisconsin Public Radio (4/28)
In Wisconsin, a $6 million project to help Great Lakes fish swim farther upstream in tributaries is almost complete. Federal and local funds are being spent to rip 3,000 feet of concrete channel out of the Menomonee River and install a more natural riverbed.

Lesson of green infrastructure soaks in at completed Fairview city hall project
The Plain Dealer (4/28)
The Fairview Park, Ohio, city hall parking lot became a live lesson in green infrastructure and storm water management as a water-filled project demonstration illustrated the benefits of permeable pavers and the importance of a 158-square-foot bio-retention cell.

COMMENTARY: Four questions PolyMet won’t answer
Duluth News Tribune (4/28)
It is tempting to buy into the optimism provided by the sulfide mining industry that the mine can be run without any risk to the people of Minnesota. But when you turn over even the first few rocks, the prospects for this project become increasingly more complicated.

PCA commissioner pumps Duluth water projects
Duluth News Tribune (4/28)
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton dispatched his top pollution regulator to Duluth to help raise support for more state spending on water quality projects.

Piping plovers return to Sauble Beach
The Owen Sound Sun Times (4/28)
Piping plovers are back at Sauble Beach, Ont. Four of the endangered shorebirds have been spotted this week so far on the Lake Huron shoreline in the South Bruce Peninsula community, according to the local Plover Lovers group.

Study: Role of inland fisheries often under-reported, undervalued
Charlevoix Courier (4/28)
Inland fisheries and aquaculture account for more than 40 percent of the world’s reported fish production but their harvest is frequently under-reported and ignored in the Great Lakes region and elsewhere, a new study says.

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