Lake Erie

Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of 62 feet. It is 241 miles long and 57 miles wide.

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Big push for Great Lakes watershed preservation

Jul 5, 2016

On a typical mild weather day it’s not unusual to find nature lovers and a few hikers exploring the trails on the Jackson Falls preserve, located in the western New York town of Aurora.


When the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland this month, security measures may cause problems for boaters on Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. 

With less than three weeks to go to the convention, the U.S. Coast Guard is setting up special restrictions on some waters – as well as a spot for protesters.

Summers along the Great Lakes include fishing, boating -- and dangerous algae blooms that can shut down beaches. These blooms are caused by excess phosphorous, a lot of which comes from farms. Now some of the region's farmers are testing agricultural practices that could reduce harmful runoff.


Boating safety standards tested on Lake Erie

Jun 28, 2016

In a matter of seconds, a sunny day on the lake boating, sailing or canoeing can turn into a nightmare with  heartbreaking loss. That kind of loss will last a lifetime for Phyllis Kopytko. 


Security and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U.S. Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down eight 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 Ashtabula, Ohio, doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go. 


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