Great Lakes Today

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.

Dr. Rafat Ansari

Algae blooms continue to color western Lake Erie a deep green. Now researchers and scientists want to know more about toxins produced by the algae -- and they’re getting help from some unlikely sources.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

Groups around the country are imagining a day without water today, as part of a national campaign. Among them: the Flint Strong Stones, a coalition of groups in Flint and Detroit, Mich. 

As they met Thursday in Flint, We the People of Detroit president Monica Lewis-Patrick said, “People in Flint, people in Detroit, we don’t have to imagine a day without water.” Due to the Flint water crisis and water shutoffs in Detroit, a day without water is a reality for some.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

Julie Cataldo is strapped into a harness as she sits in her wheelchair just a few feet from the edge of the Erie Canal. A hydraulic lift hoists her from the chair and swings her out over the water.

The lift lowers her into a kayak, and its operator adjusts her seat.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

There are thousands of islands in the Great Lakes – most of them small and only suitable for wildlife.  But a few have year-round residents, and there is a burgeoning plan to create an islands coalition.


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