U.S. Geological Survey

The Asian carp captured this summer near the southern tip of Lake Michigan -- triggering a big scare -- apparently slipped past electric barriers.

by Dave Rosenthal / Capt. Rod MacDonald on the Maid of the Mist

On most summer days, you’ll find Capt. Rod MacDonald in the Maid of the Mist wheelhouse. It’s a few steps up from the top deck and the hundreds of tourists in blue rain slickers.

Will Congress give $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -- or will President Trump be able to cut the money from the federal budget? How can a polluted river be restored to give an economic boost to cities like Buffalo, N.Y., and Duluth, Minn.? How is climate change affecting the lakes?

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls 2016 the warmest year on record around the globe.  The surface temperature of the Great Lakes was also above average -- and that's not good news.


A new non-native species has been found in western Lake Erie, the EPA said Monday.

It's named Brachionus leydigii. And it's a type of zooplankton, which means it could be food for lots of fish.