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Top five Great Lakes stories of 2021

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1. Canada and Ontario mark 50th anniversary of Great Lakes agreement

The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they have signed the new Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health. This is the ninth agreement between the two governments and marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the first Canada-Ontario Agreement in 1971. Read the full story here.

2. New partnership to publish community water monitoring data from Great Lakes region

DataStream and Water Rangers are teaming up to publish community water monitoring data from the Great Lakes and Saint-Lawrence regions. Read the full story here.

3. Great Lakes communities to spend $2 billion combatting climate change

A new report reveals that Great Lakes and St. Lawrence communities will spend nearly $2 billion over next five years to combat coastal damages from climate change. “While water levels in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin are naturally variable with cyclical highs and lows, climate change is exacerbating these fluctuations, with water levels reaching record highs in recent years,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik, chair of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Read the full story here.

4. Partnership aims to bolster coastal resiliency along Great Lakes communities

A new partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will receive $500,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding. The funding aims to help with addressing fluctuating lake levels, shoreline erosion, coastal storms, and climate change through nature-based solutions. Read the full story here.

5. Circular Great lakes launches to combat plastic pollution

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) announced the creation of Circular Great Lakes, a regional initiative focused initially on keeping valuable plastic materials out of the waste stream and the environment by forging a future without waste in this binational economic region. Read the full story here.

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