Dave Rosenthal

Great Lakes Today Managing Editor

Dave is new to the Great Lakes area, but has many fond memories of vacations on another large body of water: Long Island Sound. He is the former investigations editor for The Baltimore Sun. There, he led projects that won a number of honors, including the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award and the Investigative Reporters & Editors breaking news award. Dave has degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston University School of Law.

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Business leaders and government officials are meeting in Detroit this week to discuss ways to strengthen the economy of the Great Lakes region. But as the Great Lakes Economic Forum got started, President Trump's recent actions -- and the potential disruption to U.S.-Canada relations -- were a central theme.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman said, “It has been a bad week for Canada-U.S. relations.”

Marian Hetherly

On The Takeaway today, host John Hockenberry and I discuss the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, its importance to the region and President Trump's budget cuts. 

©Visit Phoenix, photographer Nick Cote

States surrounding the Great Lakes have a recurring nightmare about proposals to siphon off water for parched areas in U.S. or other countries.

So they might be staggered by suggestions from NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti, who said a water pipeline from the lakes to cities like Phoenix was "part of our future.”  

For years, the folks who protect the Great Lakes have warned about the dangers of ballast water discharges -- because they can carry invasive species. Now a study by Michigan State researchers shows that ballast water also can contain viruses dangerous to wildlife and humans, Great Lakes Echo reports.

Mary Ellen Geist, Great Lakes Now

The International Joint Commission has covered a lot of ground over the past few weeks, as it seeks out public comment on the Great Lakes. Next stop: Buffalo on Tuesday.

The commission, which helps regulate the lakes, has fielded comments on a wide range of topics. Last week in Detroit, much of the conversation turned to contaminated drinking water -- hardly a surprise because that city isn't very far from Flint, where residents have been struggling with lead contamination.