Great Lakes

The nation's rush to increase oil production is having a long-distance impact on the Great Lakes region.

Geologic formations have given parts of the region ample deposits of sand, including the hard, round version that is used in fracking. Seen from space a few months ago by the Landsat 8 satellite, the light brown mines dot a landscape of green fields and forests. 

Pollution Cleanup Moves Ahead On Great Lakes

Mar 13, 2018
Caitlin Whyte / Great Lakes Today

Just off Lake Ontario in Irondequoit Bay, Dave Hulburt is doing some work at the BayCreek Paddling Center.

NASA Glenn Research Center

As Great Lakes advocates lobby Congress this week, a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency details how the federal government and states plan to fight algae blooms in Lake Erie. But the agency isn't proposing more federal regulations to accomplish the task.

Many advocates for the Great Lakes are in Washington, D.C., this week to push back against President Trump's proposal to slash funding for the region. They want Congress to continue its bipartisan support on issues such as cleaning up pollution and protecting drinking water.

Alliance for the Great Lakes

A politically divided America finds little common ground on the environment, according to a national survey by the Pew Research Center.

Ohio and five other Great Lakes states have Clean Marina programs that aim to improve air and water quality. They teach marina owners how to prevent pollution.

On Feb. 21, Ohio’s program will hold a day-long training conference. Marina owners will learn best practices – such as recycling fishing lines or reducing oil spills.

Ohio Sea Grant’s Sarah Orlando runs the program.

A coalition of environmental groups involved in protecting the Great Lakes, says President Trump’s 2019 budget and infrastructure plan are both “dead on arrival.” And members are asking Congress to preserve funding for the lakes -- as it did last year.  

Paul Sancya / Associated Press

President Trump pushed again Monday to slash funding for the Great Lakes -- repeating a move he made unsuccessfully last year.

Great Lakes Islanders Band Together To Get Through Winter

Feb 9, 2018
Rebecca Williams / Allegheny Front

There are about 32,000 islands in the Great Lakes, most of which are uninhabited. But for those who live year-round on about 30 of them, it can be an isolating experience. 

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Ohio has partnered with two other states and the province of Ontario to develop a plan to block species of Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes.