The Lakes

The Great Lakes -- Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior -- are among the most important bodies of water in the world. They are the largest readily accessible source of freshwater on Earth – roughly 20 percent of the total supply -- and contain more than 80 percent of North America’s surface water supply.

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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. 


Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University

The Margaret Olwill was on its way to Cleveland at the end of June 1899, carrying 900 tons of limestone and 12 passengers. 


Courtesy of Dave Sandford

If you've ever doubted the power of the Great Lakes, just take a look at this video that David Brotz posted on Facebook. It was shot along Lake Michigan on the last day of winter.

Michigan Radio

Across public broadcasting, folks are mourning for Michigan Radio's Mark Brush. He died last week of brain cancer, at the age of 49.

Brush is remembered as a smart, funny colleague, as well as an excellent journalist whose worked often touched the Great Lakes.

Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

Last year, flooding along Lake Ontario caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. And  in some areas, it drove people from their homes for months.

One neighborhood in Hamlin, N.Y., was hit particularly hard. Now, residents in the community near Rochester say they fear another harsh flood season.


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