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Robots at work cleaning trash from Michigan beaches | Bridge Michigan

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The Clorox Co. and Meijer helped fund the $150,000 project, which not only covers the costs for the BeBot used on Belle Isle and maintenance but also community-engagement events.  Roughly 5 million people frequent Belle Isle every year. In 2023, nearly 9,000 pounds of trash was collected

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PFAS News Roundup: 3M scientist exposes 50 years of PFAS deceit just as the ‘forever chemicals’ are found in Great Lakes precipitation

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PFAS News Roundup: 3M scientist exposes 50 years of PFAS deceit just as the ‘forever chemicals’ are found in Great Lakes precipitation

In a ProPublica story, former 3M chemist Kris Hansen details how the chemical giant hid the dangers of PFOS from employees and the public. She was asked by senior scientist Jim Johnson to retest for what are now known as “forever chemicals” in human blood samples from the general population, in 1997.

Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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Bald eagles nearly died out. What can we learn from their return to the southern Great Lakes?

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Bald eagles nearly died out. What can we learn from their return to the southern Great Lakes?

By Emma McIntosh, The Narwhal

Growing up in a shiny Toronto-area suburb lined with concrete and puny trees, the only bald eagles Sheetal Rawal saw in the 1980s were in her imagination or on TV.

It wasn’t for lack of trying. Inspired by a particularly stirring episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks — the gang goes to Washington, D.C., to convince the president to stop a developer from bulldozing an eagle’s nest — she remembers gazing out of the car window on road trips, scanning treetops and skies for giant birds with bright white heads.

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Biggest annual gathering of Great Lakes researchers has begun

More than 700 freshwater researchers and practitioners are attending the International Association for Great Lakes Research’s 67th annual conference in Windsor, Ontario. Presentation topics include algal blooms, climate change, the emergence of PFAS chemicals, and pollution caused by microplastics. Read the full story by The Toledo Blade.