Environment

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How do you make people care about the Great Lakes? And why do oceans get all the attention?

"Daily Show" correspondent Michael Kosta answers those questions -- and campaigns for a Great Lakes makeover -- in a hilarious, irreverent piece that aired Tuesday night.

Gord Downie was more than the lead singer for The Tragically Hip, more than a Canadian rock icon.

Downie, who died recently of brain cancer, also was a great friend of the Great Lakes. Especially Lake Ontario, where he learned to swim.

Submitted Art Paul Zybczynski

There’s some bad news in the Great Lakes and it’s all about the sea lamprey, an eel-like creature that literally sucks the life out of fish. They do a lot of damage and now they’re on the rise in some lakes.

That trend has stumped scientists.


Veronica Volk

What does a dairy cow have to do with keeping the environment healthy? At the recent Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo people were invited to witness that connection first hand -- and how it played into one farmer’s economic survival.


There are 43 Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes region.  Five of them – the St. Mary’s River, Muskegon Lake, Clint River, Maumee River, and the Buffalo River –are the focus of a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Great Lakes Commission.

Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller spoke with the commission’s Eric Ellis during the Healing Our Waters conference in Buffalo.

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