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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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Environmental cuts could hobble Pure Michigan
Bridge Magazine (6/22)
Environmental projects in Michigan, from the Lake Erie shores to the Manistique River in the Upper Peninsula, are threatened by proposed state and federal budget cuts.

Proposed Cleveland offshore wind farm seeking suppliers
Cleveland.com (6/22)
The proposed Icebreaker wind farm in Lake Erie still doesn't have a green light, but that hasn't stopped the developer from lining up suppliers.

Summer the perfect time to get out and see Cheboygan’s historic lights
Cheboygan Daily Tribune (6/22)
Cheboygan, Michigan, boasts a plethora of lighthouses, including two lighthouses downtown, one light tower, two lighthouses easily seen from the beach on Lake Huron, plus another in ruins visible at Cheboygan State Park.

DEQ scraps Line 5 safety report
Michigan Public Radio (6/21)
The state of Michigan has scrapped a risk study on Enbridge’s Line 5 and fired the contractor just a week before a first draft of the report was to be released.

Ohio, Michigan lawmakers push Great Lakes-related bills
The Toledo Blade (6/21)
Four actions pertaining to the Great Lakes — each which emphasize connections between the region’s fishery and tourism industry — have arisen on the federal level over the past 24 hours.

City, Friends reach tentative waterfront settlement
Green Bay Press Gazette (6/21)
A tentative settlement has been reached to determine the ordinary high water mark along the contested waterfront land that the Green Bay, Wisconsin, is seeking to develop.

Historic icebreaker passing through Windsor en route to Thunder Bay
Windsor Star (6/21)
A historic retired Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker will be passing through Windsor, Ontario, on Thursday en route to Thunder Bay, Ontario, the place it was built and where it will become a tourist attraction.

Lake Erie average water level hits all time high
St. Thomas Times-Journal (6/21)
Lake Erie saw mean water levels soar an all-time high thanks to late snowmelt and large rainfall events.

Cuomo seeks changes to Lake Ontario flooding aid
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (6/21)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking last-minute changes to a $90 million flood-relief package for homeowners, businesses and municipalities on Lake Ontario, which lawmakers approved earlier this week.

Metro Ports to stevedore at Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor
The Northwest Indiana Times (6/20)
California-based Metro Ports has been hired as the new bulk terminal operator at the deepwater port on Lake Michigan, replacing Lakes and River Transfer after its contract expires at the end of June.

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