Latest From Great Lakes Today

Wisconsin cuts climate change warning, sparks fear of U.S. rollback

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources is feeling the heat of public backlash for its stance on climate change. Facts and information concerning climate change were deleted recently from the agency's website. Words like "climate change" and any references to greenhouse gases or human contributors also vanished.

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PHOTO: LBJ Presidential Library / PHOTO: LBJ Presidential Library

Will Trump's legacy on Great Lakes match LBJ's?

Dave Sandford

Photographer captures ghosts of Lake Erie

Lakes are often portrayed as calm and serene, but Dave Sanford knows better. He's based in London, Ontario, and grew up about a half-hour from Lake Erie. He's been a professional photographer for 20 years, and uses his images to reveal a more ominous and eerie side of the Great Lakes.

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Pollution

Decades of industrial use degraded much of the Great Lakes' shoreline.

Strong currents cause drownings across the Great Lakes.

A special 4-part series from Great Lakes Today

A new series from Great Lakes Today

New York’s Niagara Falls State Park plans to temporarily shut off the flow to the American Falls, to repair two aging pedestrian bridges. A shut off has only been tried once, in 1969.

Video: Salt mine lies 1,800 feet under Lake Erie

Have you ever wondered where road salt comes from? One source is the Whiskey Island Cargill Salt Mine, which lies far below the floor of Lake Erie.

Video: Impact of marine debris on the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Today reporter Elizabeth Miller appeared on WVIZ/PBS program Ideas to discuss marine debris and the recent Northeast Ohio Plastic Marine Debris Reduction Symposium.

Video: Ohio students learn maritime skills

The Maritime Academy of Toledo, subject of a recent Great Lakes Today report, was featured in a TV story on WVIZ/PBS program Ideas.

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.

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.

Invasive Species

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

Regulation

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

History

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

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.

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.