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March 2016
Great Lakes shoreline vulnerable to Straits of Mackinac oil spills
(3/31)
More than 700 miles of shoreline along Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are potentially vulnerable to oil spills if the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac ruptures, according to a new University of Michigan computer-modeling study.

Clinton River Water Festival
(3/30)
The Clinton River Water Festival is an educational and enjoyable learning experience for fifth-grade students from schools in Oakland County, Mich. The festival design allows students to learn about the central role water and the Clinton River play within the region. The festival takes place May 20.

2016 Recreational Waters Conference
(3/29)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Science and Technology will host a Recreational Waters Conference on beach monitoring, beach notification, and implementation tools for the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria. Events take place April 12-15 in New Orleans, La. Registration is free.

Kalamazoo River fights to clean up pollution
(3/25)
Michigan's Kalamazoo River has seen its share of problems. In the past, it was contaminated with chemical waste from the paper mills along its banks. More recently, it was damaged when an Enbridge pipeline burst and released oil into the river. But cleanup efforts are showing positive progress.

GLSLCI Annual Meeting
(3/24)
Registration is now open for the Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, which will take place June 15-17, 2016, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Events will include keynote speakers, panels, sponsor booths, a gala dinner, area tours, and more.

Lake Erie phosphorus-reduction targets challenging but achievable
(3/22)
Large-scale changes to agricultural practices will be required to meet the goal of reducing levels of algae-promoting phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent, a new University of Michigan-led, multi-institution computer modeling study concludes.

Eel-ladder style traps: A new lamprey control tool
(3/21)
Under the Great Lakes Fishery Commission's sea lamprey control program, traditional funnel traps have been used for decades as a lamprey control method. With the recent development of new lamprey trapping technology, there is now a new tool to aid in lamprey control while protecting desirable fish.

GLERL Science Review Webinar
(3/18)
A webinar broadcasting the 2016 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Research Review of the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) will take place on March 22-23. Laboratory science reviews are conducted every five years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted.

Using drones to navigate Great Lakes ice
(3/17)
The U.S. Coast Guard wants to use drones to help its ice cutter, the USCGC Mackinaw, navigate treacherous ice on the Great Lakes. Previously, the Mackinaw has used satellites to take overhead pictures of the ice pack. Drone imagery would be faster and could more accurately reflect immediate conditions.

Crude Move: Great Lakes Webinar Series
(3/15)
Join the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network for the Crude Move Great Lakes Webinar Series. Participants will explore the transport of crude oil across the Great Lakes Basin. Register now for the April 13th webinar, Understanding Hazards, Risks and Security: Health, Safety and Environmental Impacts.

See spring arrive in Michigan's Sleeping Bear Dunes
(3/11)
Ice is quickly melting from the small lakes inside Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and along the Lake Michigan coastline, wide swaths of sandy beach are beckoning walkers. While it's not quite bare feet and beach chair weather, signs of spring abound in Michigan's iconic park.

What are those parasites on my trout?
(3/10)
Many recreational fishers who have been fishing in the Keweenaw Bay and Munising Bay areas of Lakes Superior have reported external parasites on lake trout. What are these parasites? Are the fish still safe to eat?

2016 Michigan Watershed Summit
(3/9)
The 2016 Michigan Watershed Summit, hosted by the Michigan Water Environment Association and partnering with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will be held March 29 in East Lansing, Mich. Topics include green infrastructure, aquatic invasive plants, drainage water management and more.

Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch
(3/3)
If you want to help detect invasive plants in your favorite Michigan lake, enroll in the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch by April 1! Volunteers enrolled in the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch, a component of the MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program, are provided with training and knowledge to monitor troublesome invasive plants in their lakes.

GLIN March Site of the Month
(3/2)
The GLIN March Site of the Month is the Great Lakes Tributary Modeling Program, which develops tools to assist with planning and implementation of measures for soil conservation, sedimentation and nonpoint source pollution prevention. The program recently unveiled a redesigned website and new modeling tools.

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