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Series: Environmental groups slow to seek out minorities

Part 1 of a series The environmental movement started more than a century ago. Theodore Roosevelt was known as the conservation president, and there’s a famous 1903 photo of him with the Sierra Club’s founder. “That photo represented the environmental movement of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir and this is the two of them in Yosemite National Park,” says Aaron Mair, past president of the Sierra Club – and its first black president .

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Kraig Biocraft Laboratories

Who uses spider silk? The Army and Stella McCartney, for starters

You know the story: Boy meets spider. Spider bites boy. Boy develops extraordinary powers – and uses spider silk to design uber-cool suit. Now, scientists are flirting with the world of sci-fi – and using genetic engineering to develop real-life uses for that silk.

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by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Strawberry Island wetland restoration project in the Niagara River.

Shrinking island gets a makeover

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by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Douglas Lavery shows a map of part of the proposed project and converter hall.

Power line planned under Lake Erie sparks concern from residents

Lake Erie is a route for huge freighters carrying cargo to cities like Cleveland and Buffalo. Now a company wants to use the lake to transport another product: electricity.

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Troubled Waters

President Trump’s 2018 budget kills a $300 million program for the Great Lakes and cuts funding to key agencies. Our series shows what's at risk -- on all five lakes.

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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: Great Lakes shipwreck, the Antelope

This eerie video takes you deep into Lake Superior, where a century-old shipwreck lies, with masts and rigging nearly intact.

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.

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.