Great Lakes Today

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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.

Mike Harris of the Flint Development Center and John Rumpler of Environment Ohio talk about Flint and Environment Ohio’s Get the Lead Out program.

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.


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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.

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