The Great Lakes are significantly cleaner today, now that many of the region's factories have closed. But environmental challenges -- including pollution and invasive species -- remain.   

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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. 

Dave Rosenthal

Business leaders and government officials are meeting in Detroit this week to discuss ways to strengthen the economy of the Great Lakes region. But as the Great Lakes Economic Forum got started, President Trump's recent actions -- and the potential disruption to U.S.-Canada relations -- were a central theme.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman said, “It has been a bad week for Canada-U.S. relations.”

EPA / Fish Advisory

It’s important to know that the food you’re eating  is safe—especially when it comes to fish caught in polluted waters.

New Yorkers load sandbags for Lake Ontario flooding

Apr 24, 2017
Veronica Volk

With Lake Ontario's waters continuing to rise, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed state agencies to assist communities for possible flooding.  

More than 130,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region, as residents prepare for flooding in low-elevation areas.

Alex Crichton

Lake Ontario is nearly a foot and a half higher than is usual for this time of year, and New Yorkers living on the south shore are anxiously watching the water continue to rise.

Near Rochester, the village of Sodus Point is providing sandbags to homeowners.