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Lisa Kenion lives in Euclid, Ohio, right off of Lake Erie. She’s a member of the Moss Point Beach Club, a neighborhood with a private little patch of lakefront property.

“Every Friday night, if the weather is good in the summer, there’s a group of people that come down and we watch the sunset together,” Kenion said.

But a recent storm threatened the beach club’s lakefront oasis.


USGS

A new study explains how the bloody red shrimp -- and other non-native species -- can travel across the Great Lakes. It's pretty simple: They hitch a ride in the ballast tanks of "lakers," the ships that travel around the lakes, but never make it out to the ocean.

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

Canada is moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and officials predict that it’s likely to happen by the end of the year. As pot suppliers gear up for the change. one huge greenhouse being built near the U.S. border is raising some concerns.


U.S. Geological Survey

Environmentalists are praising the U.S. Senate for blocking a measure loosening shipping regulations on the Great Lakes -- and making it easier for invasive species to foul those waters.

In a key procedural vote on Wednesday, senators voted against the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which would have weakened the regulation of ballast water.

The federal government has played a huge role in reviving the Great Lakes -- but some in the region wonder how strong that support is these days.

For two straight years, the Trump administration proposed slashing funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Both times, Republicans and Democrats worked together to restore the $300 million allocation. That's the good news.

Now the EPA -- a crucial partner in keeping the Great Lakes healthy -- is in turmoil.

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