Pooch poop poses perils

Your doggy’s poop may be polluting waterways and beaches, posing health threats and leading to closures for swimming and fishing. We hear from experts at Michigan State and from other Great Lakes states. By Ri’An Jackson.

Rising waters threaten wells, drinking water systems

Rising water levels, including the Great Lakes, inland waters and groundwater, could threaten the safety of drinking water from wells and damage septic and sanitary sewage systems. We talk to a well driller in Traverse City, a Grand Traverse County environmental health expert and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. By Katrianna Ray.

Water sensors, data collaboration make Great Lakes smarter

The Great Lakes Observing System has created “Smart Great Lakes,” starting with Lake Erie, by making it easy for the public and policy makers to access data from buoys and underwater probes. Communities that rely on the lake for drinking water can get an early warning of incoming algae blooms. Organizers have a five-year strategic plan to extend the system to all the Great Lakes. By Indri Maulidor.

WATCH: President Trump’s Impeachment Acquittal, Turkey Plane Crash, and the Super Bowl Parade

President Trump spoke at the White House following his impeachment acquittal. He stated it was hard to like those who voted to impeach him and praised his supporters. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi expressed her concerns on the President. In Turkey, a plane crash took the lives of three people and injured 180 more. The crash is being investigated and new information has yet to be released.

More beach litter means fewer tourists

More litter means fewer Great Lakes tourists, according to a recent federal study. And that means less jobs and less money for the local economy. The study found that doubling the litter along Lake Erie would discourage more than a third of visitors from coming back. By Indri Mauladar.

Fish guts show changes on the Lake Huron menu

A bird leg, a Coke label and hundreds of pounds of gobies and alewives are among the contents of more than 3,000 fish stomachs examined by Michigan State University researchers. The study was done with the help of the anglers who caught the fish and donated their stomachs. Editors note: lots of images for a possible photo spread accompany this story. By Michaela Kratofil.

Tagging fish with #fisHER

A Twitter hashtag featuring photos of women with the fish they catch has caught on in the Great Lakes region. It’s more evidence of efforts to reel in more women anglers, including in Michigan. A Michigan Technological University survey says numbers are rising. By Weiting Du.

The dose is in the bite: silent effects of parasitic sea lamprey

The parasitic sea lamprey kill a lot of lake trout in the Great Lakes, and those that survive the attack suffer long-lasting damage. Michigan State University researchers found that, even a year after an attack, lamprey victims produce much less sperm than those that haven’t been attacked. The severity of the wound influences the magnitude of health consequences. By Michaela Kratofil