Lake Erie

Opera Explores Lake Erie's Problems

Nov 15, 2017
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It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new oratorio from Cleveland composer Margaret Brouwer.


Lake Erie Algae Bloom Rated 'Severe'

Nov 9, 2017
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Scientists say Lake Erie’s algae bloom was one of the worst in recent years. And while it didn’t directly threaten drinking water, its bright green hue prompted national attention and hurt tourism. Great Lakes today's Elizabeth Miller reports with a wrap-up of algae bloom season.


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A new partnership has a plan to keep Lake Erie clean. The MI CLEAR group is made up of farmers, conservationists, environmental leaders, and more. Those groups are teaming up with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Cheyna Roth reports.


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A robotic underwater laboratory has been deployed in Lake Erie to detect toxins produced by harmful algae that threaten city water supplies. 

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The state of Michigan is working on a plan to reduce pollution in Lake Erie, but the Michigan Environmental Council says the plan doesn’t do enough.

 


Report: Algae Bloom Forecast Looks Bad for Lake Erie

Jul 14, 2017
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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. 

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


Police in northern Ohio say a body that washed up on the Lake Erie shoreline in 1989 has been identified decades later as a man from suburban Detroit, and they’re trying to locate his relatives.

A remnant of U.S. military supply route linking Ohio and Michigan during the War of 1812 will be preserved under a new public-private partnership.

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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.