The Great Lakes

View of Great Lakes from space
Jeff Schmaltz / NASA/GSFC

An organization representing tens of thousands of Michigan anglers and hunters has joined critics of a plan to cut federal funding to restore the Great Lakes.


Last week, a leaked spending plan from the Trump administration showed proposed cuts that would reduce federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative from $300 million to $10 million.


The initiative helps pay to improve water quality and restore wetlands. 


Drew Youngedyke is a spokesman for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.


The Obama years are now behind us. How did the Great Lakes fare as a result?

Sea lamprey photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest / flickr creative commons

States and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway invest millions of dollars to track and control invasive species. A new tool developed by the Great Lakes Commission promises to make that task a little easier. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports.

The Washington photo
Courtesy photo / Roger Pawlowski

Great Lakes explorers recently discovered the wreckage of a ship thought to have been the first commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes. The Lady Washington went down in 1803 and rests on the bottom of Lake Ontario near Oswego, New York. We talk with Jim Kennard from the team who made the discovery, and Christopher Gillcrist of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.

Great Lakes
Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Our Great Lakes Month in Review conversation examines the decision to allow Waukesha, Wisconsin to draw water from Lake Michigan, and a new federal law toughening pipeline standards.