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States and provinces have made significant strides to prevent diversions of Great Lakes water, but more should be done, report finds.

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State environmental agency’s indifference and intransigence violated public trust.

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Residents put at risk by ideology, misguided decisions.

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A new study offers a clear-eyed warning about the ramifications of an Asian carp invasion into the Great Lakes.

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Safe drinking water tops list of concerns.

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Twin oil pipelines running below the Straits of Mackinac are unnecessary—and unnecessarily risky—a new study says.

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Report urges new regulations, research, and technology to respond to spills of diluted bitumen.

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Governments in the nation’s most water-rich region are responding to public pressure over high-profile water pollution concerns, but have left fundamental policy changes largely untouched.

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Big Investment Updates Great Lakes Shipping

New technology and ships make maritime commerce more efficient, adaptable, and environmentally friendly.

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Simulations using 20th-century climate data compare Lake Ontario water levels under Plan 2014 and the current regulation plan.

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Plan 2014, a proposal to alter lake levels and restore wetlands, places ecosystems at the heart of decisions.

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National Wildlife Federation says federal agency has allowed pipelines to operate illegally for two decades.

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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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Report calls for independent analysis of the risks, alternatives, and cost of a big oil spill in the Mackinac Straits.

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Warming water temperatures and destructive, non-native species threaten the world’s largest lake.

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The Straits of Mackinac, which separate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula, are the site of one of the most famous water crossings in the United States – the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which opened in 1957. But four years before, in 1953, Enbridge Inc., the Canadian energy transport company, installed two 20-inch steel pipelines across the straits to ship oil and natural gas liquids to refineries and processing plants in Sarnia, Ontario, and to southeast Michigan.

Michigan will reveal information about energy-transport network under the Straits of Mackinac.

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To limit toxic algae blooms, the United States and Canada will need to reduce nutrient pollution by 40 percent.

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After a slow start this spring, nutrient pollution accelerated over the past week in Lake Erie.

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State and provincial leaders act to end danger to Lake Erie, which has suffered from a resurgence of nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks over the past decade.

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Lana Pollack is the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission

Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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