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June 2017
State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report
The Governments of Canada and the United States recently released the State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report. Overall, the Great Lakes are assessed as "Fair and Unchanging." While progress to restore and protect the Great Lakes has been made, including the reduction of toxic chemicals, challenges remain with issues such as invasive species and nutrients.

Aquatic Sciences Chronicle
The latest edition of the Aquatic Sciences Chronicle from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant is now available online. This issue features shipwreck exploration in Lake Michigan, research on groundwater contamination in Wisconsin, and more.

Binational Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Forum
The 2017 Binational Great Lakes Aquatic Invasive Species Forum will be held on June 21, in Erie, Pennsylvania. The forum will bring together key stakeholders from the United States and Canada who are working on aquatic invasive species (AIS) issues, offering an opportunity to connect and share information.

U-M awarded $20M for federally funded Great Lakes research institute
The University of Michigan has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the federal government to form a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes.

Green infrastructure grants for small communities
The Great Lakes Commission is pleased to announce the request for proposals for the Great Lakes Emerging Champions Mini-Grant Program, which will provide funding to help small and medium communities improve water quality, manage stormwater, and enhance community well-being.

Cyanotoxins in the Great Lakes
"Cyanotoxins: Stay Away from Green Water" arrives just in time for the start of the Great Lakes beach season. This infographic offers key points and findings from a recent report by International Joint Commissionís Health Professionals Advisory Board. The report describes health impacts that can stem from exposure to cyanotoxins, which may occur while swimming in areas affected by cyanobacteria blooms.

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