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Waukesha water utility begins Root River monitoring
Racine Journal Times (2/17)
Monitoring of the Root River has begun as officials gather baseline information before treated wastewater from Waukesha, Wisconsin, flows down the tributary.

Video helps volunteers take on aquatic invasives
Great Lakes Echo (2/17)
Citizen groups in Michigan and Wisconsin are combating invasive aquatic plants by producing videos to help them identify invasive species fast.

Unique lake trout could help restore Lake Michigan population
Great Lakes Echo (2/17)
Elk Lake in Northwest Michigan is home to a strain of lake trout that researchers believe can contribute uniquely to restoring that population of fish in Lake Michigan.

Kivela asks for Soo Locks upgrades
WNMU- TV – Marquette, MI (2/17)
Michigan Representative John Kivela has introduced a House resolution supporting upgrades to the Soo Locks.

NY's AG leads coalition against bill to strip state authority on ship discharges
WAMC - Albany, NY (2/16)
New York’s Eric Schneiderman and 10 other attorneys general have sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders urging them to oppose a bill that would eliminate states’ authority to protect waterways from ships’ polluted discharges, making it easier for non-native species to invade the Hudson River and Great Lakes.

Coast Guard urges extreme caution on ice, water as warm temperatures approach
SooToday (2/16)
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning that warmer temperatures predicted to overtake the Great Lakes region could pose safety concerns for those planning to recreate on or near ice or cold water.

Anglers can fish without a Michigan license this weekend
WDIV-TV – Detroit, MI (2/16)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resourses has scheduled its Winter Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday and Sunday. No license is required, although other fishing regulations will remain in force.

'Bag-it Duluth' calls on city council for no-plastic ordinance
KQDS-TV – Duluth, MN (2/16)
A Duluth, Minnesota, community group held an event in hopes to raise the level of concern involving plastic and our surrounding water supply.

Genesee County may be stuck with Detroit water
Detroit Free Press (2/16)
In Michigan, the Flint Water Treatment Plant won’t be ready to start treating raw water from the new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline by October 1st, which means all of Genesee County may have to stay on Detroit water longer than planned.

Indiana Dunes attracted more people than Sleeping Bear Dunes, Pictured Rocks
MLive (2/16)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in northwest Indiana edged out the popular Michigan Sleeping Bear Dunes by more than 14,000 visitors in 2016.

Proposed resdesignation of Lake Huron shoreline scaled back
Blackburn News (2/16)
In Ontario, the Plymouth-Wyoming Council has scaled back a proposed redesignation of its Lake Huron shoreline area, now designating about 800 acres from restricted agricultural to lakeshore residential.

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