Great Lakes

New Website Tracks Progress On Great Lakes

Nov 2, 2017
Satellite image of the Great Lakes

Billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes – money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing invasive species and educating the public. 

A new regional initiative will analyze how effective some of these efforts – and dollars – have been so far.

The new program is called Blue Accounting. It assembles data – including how much money was spent on a project, who’s in charge of it, and if it was completed – into clear visuals, like a map showing wetland projects.

Author Details Maumee River's Troubles and History in New Book

Nov 1, 2017
photo of In the Watershed cover

The Maumee River runs more than 100 miles before emptying into Lake Erie in Ohio. And it carries a lot of the farm runoff that triggers algae blooms.

But a new book shows that there’s a lot more to the river. Ryan Schnurr spent a week walking and canoeing the length of the river last summer. He has turned that experience into a book called "In the Watershed."  It’s part memoir and part lesson on the Maumee’s place in history.

Report Warns of Eel-Like Invasive Species Threatening the Great Lakes

Oct 23, 2017
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There’s some bad news in the Great Lakes regarding the sea lamprey -- an eel-like creature that literally sucks the life out of fish. They do a lot of damage and now they’re on the rise in some lakes. The trend has stumped scientists.

photo of The Anthony Wayne

Ohio’s oldest shipwreck could be joining the National Register of Historic Places. Recommended by the state’s historic preservation board this month, the Anthony Wayne would be the first shipwreck in Ohio waters to receive the designation. Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller has details.

In 1850, the Anthony Wayne, a steamer, sank after an explosion, killing all of its passengers. The ship sank about seven miles northwest of Vermillion, west of Cleveland.

Figuring Out Whether Blood Red Shrimp Are Friend or Foe to the Great Lakes

Aug 27, 2017
photo of Central Michigan University researchers

Around the Great Lakes, millions of dollars are spent to fight invasive species like the Asian carp. They cause a lot of damage. But when scientists find a new animal or plant in the area, it’s not always clear if it’s harmful -- or helpful.

That debate has begun over a shrimp.