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Great Lakes Now Update: Great Lakes Week has discussed a lot of issues this week, two of the major focuses being Asian carp, and Algae Blooms in Lake Erie.

A giant underground tunnel-drilling machine started work in the village of Bratenahl, just outside of Cleveland this June. Shaft One of the three-mile long Euclid Creek Tunnel marks the beginning of a massive multi-billion dollar, muliti-decade to fix the sewage system. The plan is called Project Clean Lake.

Jerry Dennis is the award winning author of many books, including the widely acclaimed The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas and The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes. His essays on nature and science have been featured in The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Orion, Wildlife Conservation, National Geographic Traveler, American Way, Gray's Sporting Journal, and many other publications.

This panel will explain the issues and the regulatory framework governing oil pipelines as well as provide recommendations on ways we can safeguard our lakes from spills.

Healing Our Waters Joint Session Part 2 includes discussion from members of both the U.S. and Canadian Departments of the Interior.

As the 2012 elections approach, Great Lakes advocates want to know where President Obama and Governor Romney stand on making the restoration of the Great Lakes a national priority. This session will feature campaign representatives from both Presidential candidates who will speak about their candidate's Great Lakes platform. Of particular focus will be the hydrological separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River and the continued funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Great Lakes Now Update 9/11: Great Lakes Week brings together activists, government representatives, industry leaders, tribal members, environmental consultants, and sports men a like discuss the best course of action to conserve and continue to restore the Great Lakes.

Kathryn A. Buckner, President of the Council of Great Lakes Industry, discusses industry's role in the revitalization of the Great Lakes region as well as the connection between healthy lakes and a healthy economy.

According to a recent study by Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, only ten females (and the minimum required males) are needed to establish an Asian Carp population in the Great Lakes. This report also discredits those who claim the fish can't survive in the Great lakes.

In the summer of 2011, there were days when nearly one third of Lake Erie was covered in a bright green slop better known as an algae bloom. Sometimes poisonous and always a nuisance, the algae blooms were naturally predicted to be much worse in 2012.

The Towpath Trail originally served as a path for the mules pulling the canal boats. Now it has been reconstructed to pay homage to the history as well provide a space for citizens to enjoy.

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition and the Ohio Environmental Council visit farmer Jerry Whipple to demonstrate what techniques he uses to farm in the ways that benefit the environment the most. Later, a tour of Lake Erie aboard the Ohio Sea Grant's research vessel, the Gibraltar 3, is given.

How do you choose a beach safe for your day at the beach? Well to coin a phrase, there's an app for that. It's called myBeachCast. Created by the Great Lakes Commission and Limnotech in Ann Arbor and funded by the Great lakes Restoration Initiative, myBeachCast gives real time beach data for the entire Great Lakes region.

Huntington Reservation, is the first on Lake Erie to be environmentally certified as a Blue Wave Beach. Blue wave certification is new, created by the Clean Beaches Coalition and comes with a set of ethics and environmental standards- an idea in tune with younger generations. Huntington Reserve is the only beach in the Great Lakes basin to provide real-time water quality data.

We've all heard of a 'green economy' and actually have some idea of what it is or could be. But what exactly is a 'blue economy'? It's not just about tourism or manufacturing computer processors, but it's about something bigger. It's about Great Lakes basin residents creating an identity for themselves as a region that cares and protects and is on the leading edge of research on all things water. INterviews: John C. Austin, Brookings Institute

Want to know what's really going on in your neighborhood? Ask the postman. They walk the route daily, seeing what's going on, what's changed. On our coastlines those making the regular rounds would be birdwatchers. And on Lake Erie, that includes Jen Brumfield. Brumfield is a naturalist and artist with Cleveland Metroparks but specializes in leading bird watching tours.

Tom Crane Deputy Director of Great Lakes Commission discusses the emergency preparedness task force report.

Dr. Patrick doran, Director of Scrience, Nature Conservancy, discusses specific restoration projects and their progress.

This panel, moderated by the National Parks Conservation Association's Chad Ford, will examine what sorts of decision the President and Congress -- new or old -- will have to make following this year's November elections. Panelists will examine the political landscape and describe the major decisions that have to be made, including on government funding, sequestration and tax cuts.

Healing Our Waters hosts opening remarks with speakers including Jeff Skelding, Campaign Director Healing Our Waters/Great Lakes Coalition, Kristy Meyer Director of Agriculture and Clean Waters Programs Ohio Environmental Council, Frank G Jackson Mayor of Cleveland, and Frank Greenland P.E. Director of Watershed Programs Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Roy Norton discusses Canada's support to solve Great Lakes issues. Chris Kline shows restoration progress at Muskegon Lake, Indiana Dunes State Park, and Marquette Park.

Rachel Jacobson discusses how the pieces of the environmental jigsaw puzzle are put together by partnerships between federal, state and local organizations.

Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to U.S. EPA Administrator and Michael Goffin, Director General of Environment Canada suggests ways for more effective communication and use of resources to improve the GLRI as well as find long lasting solutions for water quality.

Dr. Patrick Doran Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy and Gary Wilson journalist for the Great Lakes Echo discuss why these next few years are such a pivotal time for the Great Lakes and why we need to keep restoration alive.

Heather Loebner, Executive Director, ArcelorMittal and Amy McGovern, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, discuss the stake ArcelorMittal has in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the role the community must play in the preservation of the Great Lakes.