Great Lakes Today

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. 


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

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. 

Sturgeon Recovery Endangered On Lake Ontario

Jul 21, 2017
Men and Sturgeon
Angelica Morrison / Great Lakes Today

On the shores of the lower Niagara River, about 10 miles from Niagara Falls, a group of biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepare to examine the largest fish species in the Great Lakes region – the lake sturgeon.  

Trump Budget Hurts Dam Removal Near Lake Huron

Jul 19, 2017
Maple River
Ben Thorp / WCMU

Thousands of dams have been built across the Great Lakes region -- but many are old and in danger of collapsing. In Michigan, conservation groups and state agencies are pooling resources to remove or repair dams before it’s too late.

House Panel Approves $300 Million For Great Lakes

Jul 19, 2017
Maple River Dam
Ben Thorp

Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late Tuesday to fully fund the program through September 2018.

Report: Algae Bloom Forecast Looks Bad for Lake Erie

Jul 14, 2017

Harmful algae blooms generally begin to hit the lake in late July, and are triggered mainly by nutrient runoff from farms in the region. Toxins from the blooms can cause illnesses in people and pets. 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP

Invasive fish and plants that have plagued the Great Lakes region for decades are getting some special attention this week. 


Sheila Consaul purchased the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light in 2011 – and since then, she’s renovated and refurbished her unique summer home.