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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Researchers recently announced the discovery of over 7,000 grass carp eggs in a Lake Erie tributary.  The good news? This isn’t the Asian carp species we’re trying to prevent from entering the Great Lakes.  The bad news? Grass carp pose a different threat. 

Asian carp is a catch-all term for four different species of invasive carp: black, grass, silver, and bighead. 

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Strawberry Island wetland restoration project in the Niagara River.

A small island in the Niagara River has received a makeover, thanks to the New York State Power Authority and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Update 9/12/2017: The  City of Toledo has moved its water quality dashboard back to clear.

For a city on Lake Erie, it's the season for monitoring toxic algae blooms -- and drinking water.

Toledo Ohio know how dangerous the blooms can be. In 2014, toxins contaminated its water supply, forcing a "do not drink or boil” advisory for two days.

Dave Rosenthal

The topic of sewage discharges is back in the spotlight again in Niagara Falls and surrounding areas.


Alex Crichton

It's nearly fall, and the rains that triggered flooding along Lake Ontario are long gone. That's allowed water levels in the lake to drop, even though they're still higher than normal.

Now life is finally returning to normal at one waterfront restaurant near Rochester, N.Y.

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