Lake Erie


On Lake Erie, the offshore wind industry is moving forward with Project Icebreaker, a proposal that would place 6 wind turbines off the coast of Lake Erie.  It’d be the country’s first freshwater wind farm.

The Cleveland Foundation’s Shilpa Kedar says there is an advantage to being first in the Great Lakes in offshore wind.

"As this grows in the rest of the Great Lakes and beyond, we can start exporting the skills, the intellectual capital, the ability for our manufacturing to produce these products," said Kedar.

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Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit, accusing the Environmental Protection Agency of violating the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit involves a dispute over whether western Lake Erie should be classified as an impaired waterway. 

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Great Lakes Today's feature on Erie Hack, a regional technology competition, was featured on NPR's All Things Considered Monday.  

Reporter Elizabeth Miller highlighted a team of University of Akron scientists who made it to the finals of the competition.  The team, called Water Warriors, created an educational kit that helps students analyze water samples.

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Pollution and other problems plague areas all over the Great Lakes region. And they can make drinking or swimming dangerous.  There’s plenty of blame to go around for this – city water utilities, agriculture, and politicians to name a few.

Now an unlikely industry has joined the search for solutions -- technology is taking on Lake Erie.

Veronica Volk

On a tiny beach at Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo, N.Y., Nate Drag scans the sand and driftwood. He's part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and he helps organize beach clean ups."The closer you look, you can start seeing the plastic popping out," he says.