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What happens when Great Lakes shipping season ends?
WBFO – Buffalo, NY (1/19)
This week marks the start of a break in the Great Lakes shipping season. A time when lakes freeze over, the locks at Sault St. Marie shut down, and crews on big freighters go home to their families. But not everyone stops working.

2016 marked as Earth’s hottest year
The Toledo Blade (1/19)
For the third consecutive year, Earth’s climate was the warmest on record in 2016. But most people in the Great Lakes region didn’t get a sense of that by what they experienced in their backyards, according to new data released by two federal agencies.

Katko, Collins urge Trump to reverse decision on Lake Ontario management plan
The Citizen (1/19)
A pair of Republican congressmen are asking President-elect Donald Trump's transition team to review and reverse the International Joint Commission's decision to adopt Plan 2014, which sets a new strategy for managing Lake Ontario water levels.

Enck looks back on role with EPA in WNY, accomplishments under Obama
WBFO - Buffalo, NY (1/19)
Since late 2009, Judith Enck has led Region 2 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which includes New York State, and she reflects on accomplishments, both locally and at the national level.

Binational panel: US, Canada have work to do to help Great Lakes
Wisconsin Public Radio (1/18)
In a recently released report, the International Joint Commission recommends government officials react more quickly to what climate change is doing to the Great Lakes.

Apostle Islands ice caves inaccessible to visitors
The Associated Press (1/18)
The National Park Service says it’s still too dangerous to explore the Apostle Islands ice caves off the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior.

Funding uncertain for sand work on Presque Isle's beaches
Go Erie (1/18)
Presque Isle State Park's beaches are taking a beating this winter and there's no federal money available yet to mitigate the damage.

Elected leaders seek answers on Downriver water quality concerns
WXYZ-TV – Detroit, MI (1/18)
U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell has sent a letter to the Great Lakes Water Authority seeking answers regarding recent reports of odor, taste and discoloration issues in the tap water in many Downriver, Michigan, communities.

(No) ice, ice baby?: Ice history and forecast
The Beacon (1/18)
This winter season started out promising for Lake Erie to freeze. Now with the typical back and forth Ohio weather, the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are predicting only a 44% coverage for the Great Lakes.

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