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


The Toledo Blade reports on this year’s International Association for Great Lakes Research Conference, which was held this week in Detroit. Among the topics of discussion was the potential for harmful algal blooms to become more prevalent in Lake Erie’s central basin.


The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill this week that would loosen regulations against ballast water discharges by cargo ships, reports mLive. Environmental groups argue that this would harm efforts to prevent invasive species from entering the Great Lakes.


The Star Tribune reports on the establishment of the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Management in Ann Arbor. Funded by a $20 million federal grant, the center will research important Great Lakes topics such as climate change, invasive species, and harmful algal blooms.


The Toledo Blade reports on a federal lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over the Agency’s refusal to rule on Lake Erie’s impairment status. Lake Erie has been subject to numerious harmful algal blooms over the past several years, including the 2014 bloom that contaminated drinking water in Toledo.