Environment

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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U.S. Geological Survey

Environmentalists are praising the U.S. Senate for blocking a measure loosening shipping regulations on the Great Lakes -- and making it easier for invasive species to foul those waters.

In a key procedural vote on Wednesday, senators voted against the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which would have weakened the regulation of ballast water.

Veronica Volk

Nearly $3 million in additional relief funding is going to communities in five upstate New York counties along Lake Ontario to help them recover from last year's flooding.

The federal government has played a huge role in reviving the Great Lakes -- but some in the region wonder how strong that support is these days.

For two straight years, the Trump administration proposed slashing funds for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Both times, Republicans and Democrats worked together to restore the $300 million allocation. That's the good news.

Now the EPA -- a crucial partner in keeping the Great Lakes healthy -- is in turmoil.

Our colleagues at Great Lakes Now have released a half-hour documentary that examines some of the hottest water use issues in the region.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

There's no shortage of theories for stopping the Asian carp's move toward the Great Lakes. Big gates, underwater electric barriers, annoying sound -- all have been used or talked about as solutions.

Now, add bubbles. That was the winning idea from "Carp Tank," a $500,000 competition that wrapped up in Michigan this week.

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