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Riverkeeper to begin $4.7M restoration project along Buffalo River
Buffalo Business First (9/29)
New federal funding is on its way to continue restoration of the Buffalo River and put it on track to come off a list of toxic hotspots around the Great Lakes. Plans call for Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper to work with the Great Lakes Commission to design and implement restoration work over the next three years.

Higgins secures $4.7 million to restore Buffalo River habitat
The Buffalo News (9/29)
Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, and representatives from Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, the Great Lakes Commission and N.Y. Dept. of Environmental Conservation announced $4.7 million in funding that will be used to restore the Buffalo River shoreline and wildlife habitat.

Climate change makes it harder to save Lake Erie
The Toledo Blade (9/29)
Although not the primary source of Great Lakes algae, climate change is exacerbating the problem and making it harder to reduce phosphorus and other nutrients that help algae grow, experts say.

Toledo mayor meets with Great Lakes-area leaders
The Associated Press (9/29)
The mayor of Ohio’s fourth-largest city met with leaders from around the Great Lakes this past week to share some of the lessons learned during Toledo’s water emergency.

Ohio officials earmark money to reduce Lake Erie algae threat
WOSU – Columbus, OH (9/29)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it has a plan to improve water quality in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes. The announcement comes in the wake of a crisis in Toledo where water supply was turned off temporarily for a half-million residents when toxic algae bloomed.

'Diverse habitat' of the Powder Islands now protected
CBC News (9/29)
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has taken action to protect some pristine islands on Lake Superior's north shore. It has purchased the 162-hectare Powder Islands through the federal government's Natural Areas Conservation Program.

First lakefront enhancement projects get green light
Niagara This Week (9/29)
A series of projects that could be the start of a long-term vision to enhance waterfronts in Canada’s water-rich Niagara region have been given a green-light for funding by regional politicians.

Salmon population declines
Traverse City Record-Eagle (9/29)
Fishermen and environmental officials alike have noticed populations of salmon in Grand Traverse Bay near Traverse City, Mich., are scaled back from previous years.

Michigan State using $1 million federal grant for acoustic-monitoring Great Lakes robofish
The Associated Press (9/28)
Michigan State University is using a $1 million federal grant to build a better robofish that can observe the feeding and migration habits of trout, walleye, sturgeon and other Great Lakes aquatic species.

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