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Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

Businesses along Lake Ontario hurt by flooding

Spring flooding along Lake Ontario is damaging many homes along the shoreline, and it’s hurting people who have businesses there. Now, business owners say it will take a long time to recover -- even after the floodwaters go away.

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Joed Viera, Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

The stream's toxic. So why does N.Y. stock it with fish?

Eighteen Mile Creek, a Lake Ontario tributary, ​is so polluted that New York's health department deems​ ​fish caught there to be unsafe to eat. In fact, the creek near the southwest corner of the lake is one of only six water bodies where the health department warns fishermen to not eat what they catch. But the toxic hotspot hasn’t stopped the state and local governments from stocking the creek and promoting it as a fishing destination, Investigative Post reports.

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Matt Richmond, ideastream

Big cities struggling to connect with Great Lakes

Cleveland, which sits on Lake Erie, has big plans for its waterfront. But the city faces some major obstacles – like highways and railroad tracks. The question for Cleveland and many other Great Lakes cities is: How do you retrofit an old industrial giant?

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WWII pilots train on Lake Michigan

Video: WWII aircraft carrier training on Lake Michigan

Great Lakes museum looking for WWII Navy pilots.

How healthy are the Great Lakes?

The International Joint Commission, which helps regulate the lakes, sought answers at a public meeting in Buffalo. Here's everything you need to know.

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.

Lake Huron

Huron is the world's fourth largest lake by surface area. It is 206 miles long and 183 miles wide, and has an average depth of 195 feet.

Invasive Species

The Great Lakes ecosystem has been severely damaged by more than 180 invasive and non-native species.

Environment

The Great Lakes are significantly cleaner today, now that many of the region's factories have closed. But environmental challenges -- including pollution and invasive species -- remain.

Recreation

The Great Lakes are the home to a wide range of recreation -- from sailboat and powerboat races to fishing tournaments. They're also a draw for tourists.

Shipping

The Great Lakes is often referred to as the "fourth seacoast." U.S. and Canadian lake fleets annually haul upwards of 125 million tons of cargo, including iron ore, limestone and coal.

History

For centuries, the Great Lakes have served as an important food source and trade route for people living along their shore.

Regulation

The Great Lakes, which straddle the U.S.-Canada border, are subject to multiple layers of regulation.

Farming

Great Lakes agriculture generates more than $15 billion a year and it accounts for 7% of total U.S. food production. Agricultural practices shape the health of the lakes and the farming economy.

Development

Across the Great Lakes region, the shoreline is being targeted for increased development.