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Native vs. non-native Phragmites
Although non-native Phragmites australis reigns supreme in terms of publicity, it is important remember that we also have stands of native Phragmites throughout the Great Lakes region. A recent blog featured on the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative website helps clarify the differences.

Keep your aquarium free of invasive species
Aquarium keeping is a popular hobby, but some aquarium species have invasive tendencies that threaten the ecology of natural areas, and can cost taxpayers millions of dollars to control. Register for this free Ohio Sea Grant webinar to learn how to avoid invasive species in your aquarium!

Below the depths: Great Lakes research
The University of Michigan Water Center is part of the Graham Sustainability Institute thatís funded 37 research projects since its inception in 2012. Great Lakes research topics include invasive species, toxic algae, water level fluctuation and more.

Great Lakes Fisheries Heritage Trail Conference
At the Great Lakes Fisherines Heritage Trail Conference, attendees will learn how Great Lakes fisheries can benefit local museum programs, enhance coastal tourism development opportunities, and support community development efforts. The conference takes place Sept. 21-22 in Menominee, Mich., and Marinette, Wis.

9th Biennial State of Lake Michigan/15th Annual GLBA Conference
Registration is now open for the 9th Biennial State of Lake Michigan/15th Annual GLBA Conference, to be held Oct. 28-30 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Mich. Attendees will hear from top experts about the current status and science of Lake Michigan, and beach restoration and management.

Great Lakes viral invaders
Viral invasions would make for a good plot in the next Spielberg blockbuster, but according to Michigan State University water researchers, itís not a Hollywood fantasy. In fact, millions of tiny, dangerous microbes have been attacking native species in the Great Lakes for decades.

Synthetic fibers: the next challenge
Washing a single polyester jacket can send 1,900 tiny synthetic micro-fibers into waterways, where they can soak up toxins and get eaten by fish. New research shows that microfibers are even more abundant in our lakes and rivers than microbeads.

Stay safe on the rivers this summer
According the the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, river safety stems from having respect for the power of rivers and waterways. Have fun, but be smart - the dangers are most often not visible to the human eye. River safety begins with wearing a life jacket, first and foremost.

Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp
Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2016 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp from Monday, Aug. 17, through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The American wigeon is the only eligible species for depiction on the 2016 waterfowl stamp.

New Ohio State Parks mobile app
Enhance your visit to any of Ohio State Parks this summer with a new, free mobile app that allows you to access the most up-to-date park information such as upcoming events, weather conditions and safety alert communications, while taking in the scenery of your favorite parks.

The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership
Don't forget to check out the GLIN August Site of the Month! The honor goes to the Great Lakes Seaway Partnership, which brings together leading U.S. and Canadian maritime organizations working to enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region.

Celebrate summer at state parks
Michigan state parks and harbors in the Upper Peninsula have plenty of events for people to have fun in the sun. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has created a list highlighting some of the upcoming events in August, such as the Porcupine Mountain Music Festival.

The Clean Water Rule
The Clean Water Rule protects streams and wetlands that we depend on for our health, communities, and economy. The rule ensures that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster for businesses and industry.

Protecting America's water from harmful algal blooms
The latest issue of Lakeline, a publication of the North American Lake Management Society, is devoted to harmful algal blooms (HABs). U.S. EPA contributors, including Sr. Policy Advisor for Water Ellen Gilinsky, provide perspectives on protecting our water resources from HABs.

Great Lakes Dangerous Currents display to be featured at U.P. State Fair
Beachgoers will have an opportunity to learn about the dangerous currents in the Great Lakes by visiting the Dangerous Currents display, developed by Michigan Sea Grant, at the U.P. State Fair. The fair will be held Aug. 17-23 in Escanaba, Mich.

Register now for the GLC 2015 Annual Meeting
The Great Lakes Commission 2015 Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Great Lakes stakeholders to convene with colleagues and share perspectives on important Great Lakes issues. This year's meeting is in Chicago at The Drake Hotel, Sept. 28-29. Online registration is now available! Register early for the best rates.

Become a Cruise Leader Volunteer!
The Great Lakes Education Program seeks Cruise Leader Volunteers to help elementary school students explore and learn about our Great Lakes. Volunteers will learn about local Michigan river and lake resources, and then share that knowledge through hands-on activities with students.

Draft Michigan Water Strategy Community Conversation
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes is hosting a series of Community Conversations to discuss the draft Michigan Water Strategy. Director Jon W. will host the next session on August 5 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City, Mich.

GLIN August Site of the Month
The GLIN August Site of the Month is The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership, which brings together leading U.S. and Canadian maritime organizations working to enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region.

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