In case you missed the past week in Great Lakes conservation news:

EPA officials have denied reports that the agency plans to close its Great Lakes regional office, according to the Detroit News. The Trump administration has indicated that it intends to close two regional offices, but the EPA states that the Chicago-based office has not been officially identified for closure. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt was in East Chicago, Indiana on Tuesday touring a Superfund hazardous waste site.

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) reaffirmed his commitment to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative this week, reports the Toledo Blade. Sen. Portman stated his belief that GLRI-funded projects are a cost effective way of keeping the Great Lakes clean.

The Washington Post reports that Isle Royale’s moose population has significantly increased, in the wake of a steep decline in the island’s wolf population. While 24 wolves lived on the island as recently as 2009, today only two wolves remain.

The Racine Journal Times reports that the Waukesha water diversion plan cleared another legal hurdle this week. Opponents of the plan to divert water from Lake Michigan have indicated they may take further legal action against it.