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Parents, leaders, teachers, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, park rangers, the media – anyone who wants to keep people safe as they enjoy the Great Lakes is invited to the Great Lakes Water Safety 2017 Conference in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. April 20-21. The conference will feature life-saving demonstrations and the latest drone technology being used for rescues.

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Legislature shows support for Great Lakes program
The Post-Journal (3/24)
In New York, Chautauqua County legislators are taking a stance against President Donald Trump’s plans to slash funding for a program that’s helped improve Lake Erie and the Great Lakes system as a whole.

Great Lakes Science Center In Ann Arbor Looks To Expand Research And Make More Hires
WEMU – Ypsilanti, MI (3/24)
Congress is considering a bill to streamline the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, funding process and give it $17.5 million each year for the next 10 years.

Tip of Mitt Watershed Council concerned with potential Great Lakes funding cuts
Boyne City Gazette (3/24)
Proposed federal budget cuts, including dramatic reductions in EPA funding for watershed management work, as well as eliminating funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, concerns the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.

Thunder Bay port officials expect early start to 2017 shipping season
CBC News – Thunder Bay (3/24)
Port officials in Thunder Bay, Ontario, are set to welcome the first vessel of the 2017 shipping season on Friday, and the group's CEO says this year could be a record-breaker.

Ahnapee River Study First Step in Cleanup
Door County Pulse (3/24)
A proposed study that would be the first step in cleaning up the Ahnapee River in Door County, Wisconsin, would look to understand the ‘Total Maximum Daily Load’ of the watershed.

Where people are, wrens aren’t
Great Lakes Echo (3/24)
A good way to predict the bird populations in the Great Lakes is to listen not for the songs of wrens, but the roaring of car engines.

Report cards released for Erie County streams
Sandusky Register (3/24)
New report cards for Ohio’s Pipe Creek, Old Woman Creek and Mills Creek suggest wetland restoration could be an important step toward improving local water quality.

Group to launch agriculture water quality campaign to protect Lake Erie
Michigan Public Radio (3/23)
The Michigan Agri-Business Association, a trade group representing agricultural interests, is launching a campaign to educate farmers about best practices to keep chemical fertilizers and manure from flowing into streams and rivers that lead into Lake Erie.

Fishing by numbers: 50 million walleye eggs in five days
Up North Live (3/23)
In an effort to boost the population of walleye in Lake Michigan, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will be taking 50 million walleye eggs below the Croton Dam in the Muskegon River to be raised in fish hatcheries.

Michigan Senate approves Asian carp resolution
WSJM - Benton Harbor, MI (3/23)
The Michigan Senate has approved a resolution asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to implement immediate control technologies at Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois to control Asian carp.

RBC Blue Water Project helps Great St. Lawrence River cleanup
Cornwall Standard-Freeholder (3/23)
The Royal Bank of Canada donated $40,000 on Thursday to help clean up the St. Lawrence River waterfront as part of the bank’s 10-year Blue Water Project.

Pumping oil through Enbridge's Line 5 is immoral, diocese says
MLive (3/23)
A large West Michigan diocese is calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to scale back oil transportation through the controversial Enbridge Line 5 pipeline – an act that would protect the ‘integrity of creation.’

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