Great Lakes

Here's The Right Way To Get Rid Of Ticks

May 9, 2018
Mayo Clinic

There are several species of ticks that call the Great Lakes region home. The most common is the black-legged Tick, which is the one responsible for Lyme disease and the Powassan virus.

Jeff St. Clair / WKSU

When the weather gets warm and tick season starts, most people worry about Lyme disease. But some Great Lakes states are a hot spot for another dangerous tick-borne disease: the Powassan Virus.

Roger C / Flickr

Environmentalists are praising the U.S. Senate for blocking a measure loosening shipping regulations on the Great Lakes – and making it easier for invasive species to foul those waters.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

The federal government has played a huge role in reviving the Great Lakes, but some in the region wonder how strong that support is these days.

Lake Erie
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters, due to the harmful algae blooms that plague the region every year.  The agency’s move comes after years of calls from environmentalists and a federal lawsuit.

Climate Change Threatens Maple Trees, And Syrup Too

Mar 23, 2018
Angelica A. Morrison / Great Lakes Today

Scientists say climate change affects everything from weather patterns to animal migrations. A popular breakfast condiment could be at risk as well: maple syrup. That’s bad news for the Great Lakes region, which produces a lot of it.

Key federal funding for the Great Lakes has survived again thanks to Congress.

This is the second time President Trump proposed a big cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. And Congress restored it full: $300 million for the 2019 budget year. 

The Margaret Olwill ship sunk off the coast of Lorain, Ohio in June 1899.
Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University]

The Margaret Olwill was on its way to Cleveland from Kelley’s Island at the end of June 1899, carrying 900 tons of limestone and 12 passengers. Caught in a storm, the captain tried to make a turn and the ship rolled over on one side. The steam barge sank in Lake Erie off the coast of Lorain, Ohio.

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.

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