Great Lakes Today

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Lisa Kenion lives in Euclid, Ohio, right off of Lake Erie. She’s a member of the Moss Point Beach Club, a neighborhood with a private little patch of lakefront property.

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President Trump has overridden an Obama executive order meant to protect the oceans and Great Lakes. It was written in response to the 2010 BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

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.

Cleveland Underwater Explorers may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck, the Lake Serpent.


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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.

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.

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.

Chuck Quirmbach / Great Lakes Today

After Taiwan-based electronics maker Foxconn chose Wisconsin as the home for its first U.S. factory, several reports said Central Ohio officials were trying to get Foxconn to build another facility here.

Now the new Wisconsin factory is raising concerns about water being pulled from the Great Lakes.

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.

Lake Erie Distillery Turns Booze Into Fish Food

Mar 2, 2018
Angelica A. Morrison / Great Lakes Today

Out on farmland in western New York, near the shore of Lake Erie, is Five & 20 Spirits And Brewing. Here, they make more than just booze – they also raise fish.

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.

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