Great Lakes Today

Meeting Tackles Threat of Microplastics in the Great Lakes

Oct 18, 2017
Great Lakes Today

It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds  are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including microplastics. 


Great Lakes Issues Highlight Conference This Week

Oct 16, 2017
Great Lakes Today

The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is under way this week, bringing attention to critical Great Lakes issues. 

Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today

The Great Lakes region provides recreational opportunities all year – whether it’s hiking in the fall, ice fishing in the winter, or boating in the spring and summer. But not everyone is able to access the waters in the same way. Now, people with disabilities are getting more options.


Flint Water Crisis: Turning Point In Green Movement

Sep 27, 2017
View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Historically, the environmental movement hasn’t always been welcoming to people of color – and issues that are important to them. But to change the problem, you first have to recognize it. 


Environmental Groups Seeking New Issues, New Faces

Sep 27, 2017
Great Lakes Today

The environmental movement is changing dramatically, reaching out for new issues and new people – especially minorities. 

US Department of Agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture is asking residents along the Great Lakes corridor and beyond to watch out for an invader- the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). 


Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. 


Dave Rosenthal / GREAT LAKES TODAY

Capt. Rod MacDonald has seen a lot in his 29 years on the Maid of the Mist. Like the man who came over Horseshoe Falls on a jet ski. 


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

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls 2016 the warmest year on record around the globe.  The surface temperature of the Great Lakes was also above average.

New Data Shows Sewage Winding Up in Great Lakes

Aug 11, 2017
VERONICA VOLK / GREAT LAKES TODAY

This spring's heavy rain in the Lake Ontario region had quite an impact on homeowners, but it also affected the water offshore. The rainfall overwhelmed sewage systems in cities around the lake, and pushed millions of gallons of raw sewage into the water.  


Angelica A. Morrison / Great Lakes Today

More than 150 years ago, the Great Lakes region played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves made their way to cities along the lakes and crossed the border to freedom in Canada. Fast forward to today, when thousands of asylum seekers are passing up a chance to live in the U.-S. – and are heading north too. 

Flickr

Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release a study detailing the best ways to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes. 


Coast Guard Commander on Great Lakes Retires Today

Aug 2, 2017
ELIZABETH MILLER/IDEASTREAM

The first woman to lead the Coast Guard district that covers the Great Lakes is retiring Wednesday. 

Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

An Asian Carp was caught recently in a place where it shouldn’t be – beyond an electric barrier meant to keep the species out of Lake Michigan and the rest of the Great Lakes. Researchers at Southern Illinois University are trying to figure out just how it got there.  


Silver Carp
Chuck Quirmbach / Wisconsin Public Radio

President Donald Trump ’s 2018 budget plan eliminates $300 million in funding to restore the Great Lakes. The plan has sparked concerns among environmentalists, because a lot of that money is being spent to protect the lakes from a voracious fish known as the Asian carp. 


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