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Success stories: Buffalo River
An industrialized stretch of the Buffalo River in Buffalo, N.Y., is being transformed into a greenway, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provided most of the funding for the nearly $1 million project. It's another huge step toward restoring a river that caught fire and was declared dead in the 1960s.

Aquatic Sciences Chronicle
The latest issue of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle is now online. The Chronicle delivers the latest news from the Aquatic Sciences Center, the administrative home of the Sea Grant and Water Resources institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Upcoming MDEQ Webinars
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be presenting a webinar on the Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) Water Quality Monitoring Grant Program on Dec. 10. Also, MDEQ will present a webinar on Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control and Construction Storm Water NPDES Permit Programs on Dec. 19.

Safe disposal of unwanted drugs
Put unwanted medications in their place: the "Yellow Jug Old Drugs" campaign strives to keep our water safe by providing collection services for unused, unwanted drugs. Take any drug to participating pharmacies for free, safe disposal – and keep the pharmaceuticals out of our water.

Ohio phosphorus task force releases updated report, recommendations
The Ohio Phosphorus Task Force II has issued its final report on findings to support reduction of phosphorus loading and associated harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and surrounding watersheds. Recommendations include the development of loading targets, expansion of current phosphorus monitoring programs, and working with area stakeholders to improve soil health.

Teaching Great Lakes Science
Don't forget to visit GLIN's November Site of the Month, Teaching Great Lakes Science (greatlakeslessons.com), a website featuring a suite of lessons, activities and data sets all focused on various scientific aspects of the Great Lakes.

R/V Sikuliaq to winter in Great Lakes, test 'hybrid' underwater vehicle
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) research vessel (R/V) Sikuliaq will spend its first winter on the Great Lakes before making the long journey to its home port in Seward, Alaska. However, just because Sikuliaq is confined to the Great Lakes for the winter does not mean it will hibernate.

Webinar: Climate Change and Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie
Harmful algal blooms continue to be a problem for the Lake Erie ecosystem. Predicted climate change impacts like increased heavy precipitation and higher temperatures have the potential to worsen these problems. Participate in a free webinar on Nov. 19 to learn more about Lake Erie's algal bloom issue.

A weather simulation of the 1913 storm
Extreme weather events, like the Great Lakes Storm of Nov. 7-11, 1913, provide unique challenges to meteorologists. They are usually rare events and often behave in ways that are not easily predictable. Check out a simulation of the weather that took 13 ships to the bottom of the Great Lakes in the 1913 storm.

Royal Canadian Mint launches Lake Superior silver collector coin
The "greatest of the Great Lakes," Lake Superior, is being celebrated as the latest silver collector coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The Lake Superior coin is the first in a five-coin series featuring the famous Great Lakes. The remaining coins in the Great Lakes series will be launched in 2014-15.

Marine debris art contest
The NOAA Marine Debris Program's annual "Keep the Sea Free of Debris" art contest for grades K-8 is now open. Students can submit artwork from Nov. 7 - Dec. 19. This year, art should reflect how marine debris affects ocean and Great Lakes environments, and how people can be part of the solution.

President Obama’s task force on climate preparedness
President Obama recently announced the members of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. The task force includes several members representing the Great Lakes region. Members comprise governors, mayors, county officials and tribal leaders, representing a diverse range of communities.

National Park Service free entrance days
The National Park Service will honor all military veterans with special events and free entrance to all 401 national parks for everyone during the Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11. This includes all national parks, national monuments, national seashores, national preserves and national recreation areas.

Freshwater and farming
On Nov. 12, Detroit Public Television and The Nature Conservancy will present a two-hour Great Lakes Now Town Hall Event that focuses on freshwater, farming and the agriculture industry’s affect on the Great Lakes.

GLIN November Site of the Month
GLIN's November Site of the Month is Teaching Great Lakes Science (greatlakeslessons.com). The website features a suite of lessons, activities and data sets all focused on various scientific aspects of the Great Lakes. All the lessons, activities, teacher tools and data sets are free.

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