Great Lakes


A new documentary on a little-known chapter of the history of the Great Lakes will be screened next month near Cleveland. 

Between 1942 and 1945, 17,000 pilots landed planes on the USS Wolverine and USS Sable, two aircraft carriers stationed on Lake Michigan. Among the pilots was President George H.W. Bush. 

photo of invasive hydrilla

Nearly 200 invasive plants and animals have found new homes in the Great Lakes region. Now an environmental group is fighting back with the power of e-commerce. Angelica Morrison of Great Lakes Today reports the Great Lakes Commission has created an app to help state and federal regulators.

The Great Lakes Commission created a web tool designed to prevent sales of aquatic invasive species over the Internet. Now, the commission is working to get it into the hands of state and federal regulators.

Great Lakes Project Heads to the Niagara River

Oct 5, 2016
photo of Gill Creek
Angelica Morrison / GREAT LAKES TODAY

Environmental groups are working to revive habitats along the Great Lakes corridor, and reducing storm-water runoff could have a huge payoff. Efforts are currently underway in Western New York.

The issue of storm water runoff has plagued waterways in Great Lakes states for years. Areas like Toronto on Lake Ontario, the Buffalo River in Western New York and the Maumee River in Ohio are just a few examples. 

Satellite image of the Great Lakes

The U.S. Senate has approved legislation to improve the quality of the nation’s water supply. The Water Resource Development Act includes funding and technical support help to rebuild the nation’s water infrastructure and protect rivers and the Great Lakes.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says the nation has let all of its infrastructure crumble, including the water systems. He believes the Water Restoration Development Act is an important step in turning that around.

How Great Lakes Farmers are Fighting Algae Blooms with New Techniques

Jul 4, 2016
land erosion

Summers along the Great Lakes include fishing, boating and dangerous algae blooms that can shut down beaches. They're 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.  

Duane Stateler and his son, Anthony, run Stateler Family Farms, one of a handful of demonstrations farms across the country. Over the next five years, three farms in Northwest Ohio will test different practices to find out what reduces phosphorus runoff.