Lake Superior

Lake Superior cleanup threatened by Trump cuts

Jun 12, 2017
Derek Montgomery for MPR News

Part 1 of a series on President Trump's budget 

Long-standing plans to clean up the headwaters of Lake Superior have been thrown into doubt by Trump administration budget priorities. Now, Minnesotans are wondering how to fill a multimillion-dollar hole.

For Michael Childers, ice makes getting around a little easier.

When it's thick enough, the ice on Lake Superior creates a makeshift road between Bayfield, Wis., and Madeline Island, the small resort island where Childers and about 250 others live year-round.

But for the second year in a row, warmer winters have made it necessary for the ferries that usually don't operate during winter to continue to run.

National Park Service

Across the Great Lakes, 2016 brought a lot of conflict, with battles over water diversion, petroleum pipelines and other issues.  


NASA

This cool satellite image from the NASA Earth Observatory, taken on Dec. 14, shows a veil of clouds over the western Great Lakes.

NASA captured the image with the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite. NASA says it can detect "faint light sources — in this case, the reflection of the full moon on the fresh snow."

The $40 million fine that Princess Cruise Lines will pay to settle criminal allegations of illegal dumping illustrates a much broader problem. It impacts the Great Lakes and waters all around the United States, Great Lakes Today Managing Editor Dave Rosenthal told Here & Now in an interview.

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