A big threat to the Great Lakes comes from outdated sewer systems that can carry bacteria into waterways. That can lead to closed beaches and warnings about drinking water. Now, some cities are fighting back – with trees. Continue reading →
Each summer, many beaches along the Great Lakes are shut down because the waters have high bacteria levels. But figuring out exactly when to close a beach is difficult, and scientists are trying out a new test that could lead to safer swimming. Continue reading →
Each year, ports on the Great Lakes dredge tons of material to keep shipping lanes open. But disposing of the spoils is a big problem. The Port of Toledo has a creative approach: farming. Continue reading →
Powerful currents on the Great Lakes have caused more than 150 drownings since 2002, according to researchers. Those currents can appear suddenly, says Mark Breederland, an educator with Michigan Sea Grant.
“The wind is key. It can start up pretty calm. Pretty soon it picks up – you’re out there, just enjoying the beach and you’re not really thinking about it,” Breederland says. Michigan Sea Grant is a university program focused on preserving Great Lakes resources through education and research. “All of the sudden, the waves have come way up from what they were when you first started.”
When a drowning occurs, people often attribute it to an undertow. Scientists say it’s much more complicated than that. Continue reading →
The hot button issue of oil pipelines continues to get a lot of attention. In the Great Lakes there’s a long-running battle over a crude and natural gas line that runs through a waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Continue reading →
This week, a decision is expected in a long-running controversy along the Great Lakes. A town that sits outside the Great Lakes basin wants to draw water from the lakes. It’s the first time anyone has made a request like that, and some worry that more will follow.
To highlight his concerns about water use and abuse, artist Kevin Dartt created an unusual public sculpture in downtown Rochester, New York: five concrete sinks in the shapeand porportion of the Great Lakes. Continue reading →
Security and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.