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Divers chronicle Great Lakes shipwreck that left 32 dead

There’s more than just fish and sand in the Great Lakes. According to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum in Michigan, there are over 6,000 shipwrecks in the lakes – and an estimated 30,000 lives lost.

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What's it like to live in a Lake Erie lighthouse? Bring water.

It’s easier to get to Sheila Consaul’s summer home by boat than by foot. It sits at the edge of an Ohio state park 30 miles east of Cleveland. “Unless you have a boat, the only way to get here is to park in Mentor Headlands Beach parking lot, walk out through the dunes area to the beach itself, walk along the beach, and then you have to get up on the breakwall,” she says.

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Toronto harbor islands hurt by Lake Ontario flooding

Flooding along Lake Ontario is still causing problems in Toronto, the biggest city in Canada, particularly for the picturesque harbor islands.

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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.

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.