As we head into the 4th of July weekend, here were some of the biggest Great Lakes restoration stories from last week:


The State of the Great Lakes 2017 Highlights Report has been released and delivers both good and bad news, according to While the report show progress towards reducing toxic chemicals in the Lakes, it also warns of increasing threats from invasive species and harmful algal blooms.


The Chicago Tribune reports that a live Asian carp was found in the Calumet River, less than 9 miles from Lake Michigan. This discovery comes as Washington debates significant cuts to the GLRI and other programs funding efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, the Detroit News reports on bipartisan lawmaker efforts to force the U.S. EPA to release a long awaited report strategies for preventing the entry of Asian carp.


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio issued sharp criticisms of the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to Great Lakes funding, reports the Toledo Blade. Sen. Brown characterized the proposed cuts as a significant threat to the region’s economy.


Michigan Radio reports that the results of a recent safety test on Enbridge’s Line 5 underneath the Straits of Mackinac have been scrapped by the Michigan DEQ. The agency cited a conflict of interest for one of the researcher that called the independence of the report into question.