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Environmental groups sue EPA over condition of Lake Erie

Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit involves a dispute over whether western Lake Erie should be classified as an impaired waterway.

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Hackathon finalists help reveal Great Lakes pollution

Great Lakes Today's feature on Erie Hack, a regional technology competition, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered Monday. Reporter Elizabeth Miller highlighted a team of University of Akron scientists who made it to the finals of the competition. The team, called Water Warriors, created an educational kit that helps students analyze water samples.

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New Yorkers load sandbags for Lake Ontario flooding

With Lake Ontario's waters continuing to rise, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist communities for possible flooding. More than 130,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region, as residents prepare for flooding in low-elevation areas.

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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.

The Weird Winter of 2016-2017

Temperatures in the Great Lakes region are unusually warm. That has a broad impact – from Lake Effect storms to ferry schedules to fish spawning.

Winter on a Lake Erie Island

Put-in-Bay, an island town in Ohio, draws thousands of summer tourists. In winter, the pace of life slows – and residents face many challenges.

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.

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.