Great Lakes

Enbridge oil spill response photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Enbridge ships 540,000 barrels of natural gas liquids beneath the Straits of Mackinac every day. The company just completed a full-scale oil spill response drill at the Straits. Current State's Kevin Lavery was there, and reports on the simulation.

lake trout photo
USFWSmidwest / flickr creative commons

From chinook salmon to rainbow trout, the Great Lakes are known for some of the most incredible freshwater fisheries in the world, but could they also become a hotspot of open water fish farming? We talk to Dr. Bryan Burroughs, executive director of Trout Unlimited, about why environmentalists are saying that would be a bad idea.

a picture of a freighter in the Sault St. Marie Locks
G.L. Kohuth

Invasive species pose a real threat to the Great Lakes. But not all of them are easy to spot. Current State talks to Joan Rose, co-director of MSU’s Center for Water Sciences, about the risk that invasive viruses could pose to the ecosystem. 

If the Great Lakes put up “most unwanted” posters, they’d be plastered with pictures Asian carp, zebra and quagga mussels, and sea lamprey.

picture of Great Lakes steamship
Wikimedia Commons/University of Maryland Digital Collections)

The Great Lakes might not be your first choice for a cruise vacation. But the passenger ships in the region used to be some of the most luxurious in the entire world. We learn more about these “floating palaces” from Detroit Historical Society Joel Stone, whose recent book profiles the history of the Great Lakes steamship industry.

If you wanted to travel in style around the Great Lakes during the 19th and early 20th centuries, you took a steamship. The boats' massive ballrooms and ornate furnishings earned them the nickname “palace steamers.” 

algae photo
Flickr Annie and John

Three of the Great Lakes made the news this month.

The town of Waukesha, Wisconsin is moving ahead on its plans to draw Lake Michigan water; U.S. Senators are trying to delay the creation of a nuclear waste facility close to Lake Huron and the federal government is investing big money to prevent algae blooms on Lake Erie. 

Current State talks with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.