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Each day as new information is added to the GLIN indices, it is archived here. Current Great Lakes issues, upcoming events, and new Great Lakes-related publications or web sites of interest, are just a sampling of what you'll find in this section. The items are archived monthly.

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July 2014
Federal Duck Stamp now available for online purchase
(7/24)
The federal migratory bird hunting stamp (also known as the Duck Stamp) can now be purchased online! The online purchasing option is part of a partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Duck Stamp Office, designed to make the Duck Stamp more readily available and increase participation in this successful wetland conservation program.

Lake Erie Harmful Algae Bloom Bulletin
(7/23)
NOAA’s Lake Erie Harmful Algae Bloom Bulletin for July 22 finds, for the first time this summer, a cyanobacteria bloom that has intensified this last week near the Maumee River. The University of Toledo confirmed the presence of the toxic algae Mycrosystis.

NOAA's Working Waterfront
(7/22)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently initiated a project called "Voices from the Working Waterfront," which will record oral histories about efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of these unique and often historic maritime communities.

Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
(7/21)
The 14th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference will take place Nov. 12-14 in Toronto, Ont. Registration and details regarding abstract submittal are now available online. Abstracts are due by Thurs., July 31!

New report: State of the Climate in 2013
(7/18)
In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators — greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc. — continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online this week by the American Meteorological Society.

New animation illustrates danger of oil spill to Great Lakes
(7/17)
A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be. The animation shows that oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.

DRAIN
(7/16)
The Superior Watershed Partnership partnered with an independent film company to bring attention to Great Lakes water quantity and quality issues. DRAIN is a feature length documentary currently being filmed that searches for the cause of historically low Great Lakes water levels. Visit the launch page or find the film on facebook.

Great Lakes Action Days
(7/15)
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago sponsors Great Lakes Action Days, a youth program that engages volunteers to maintain and restore the Lake Michigan shoreline in the Illinois/Indiana region. Events are scheduled from April through October and are held at natural areas along Lake Michigan.

Binational Great Lakes Quarterly Climate Impact Report
(7/14)
Spring 2014 for the Great Lakes region was the 5th coldest since 1948. What could this mean for the summer forecast? For a binational overview of the latest season's weather, water level conditions, and related impacts, plus an outlook for the upcoming quarter, review the Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook: Great Lakes Region via the U.S. Drought Portal.

Love Lake Michigan
(7/11)
Have you visited the GLIN July Site of the Month yet? The honor goes to Love Lake Michigan, created by the Lake Michigan Forum. Love Lake Michigan aims to increase awareness of the value of Lake Michigan and catalyze action to protect it through education, engagement and citizen empowerment.

10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference
(7/10)
Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference hosted by the Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition. The conference will be held Sept. 9-11 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Register by July 31 for a discounted registration fee!

National Marine Protected Areas newsletter
(7/8)
The National Marine Protected Areas Center now offers an email version of its Marine Protected Areas Connections Newsletter. The National Marine Protected Areas Center aims to be the nation's hub for building innovative partnerships and tools to protect special ocean and aquatic places.

White Lake Area of Concern delisting proposal
(7/7)
The U.S. EPA and Mich. Dept. of Environmental Quality are soliciting comments on the draft White Lake Area of Concern Final Delisting Report. White Lake was polluted by a number of former manufacturing facilities and also experienced the loss of habitat due to lakeside development. Comments are due by July 24.

Be aware of dangerous currents!
(7/3)
Michigan Sea Grant's Dangerous Currents website is part of an outreach effort to educate Great Lakes swimmers about dangerous currents. As currents strengthen, they can turn from inconvenient to dangerous and even deadly. Visit the site to be prepared and safe at the beach this summer!

Chicago Water Walk
(7/2)
The Chicago Water Walk app (for iOS and Android) explores some of the city’s celebrated sites: Navy Pier, the Chicago River, downtown marinas, Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus. As you walk or bike along any or all of the tour routes, you will enrich your experience by learning history, ecology, engineering, and more.

GLIN July Site of the Month
(7/1)
GLIN's July Site of the Month is Love Lake Michigan, created by the Lake Michigan Forum. Love Lake Michigan aims to increase awareness of the value of Lake Michigan and catalyze action to protect it through education, engagement and citizen empowerment. Visit today and sign the pledge to Love Lake Michigan!

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