Lake Erie

Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of 62 feet. It is 241 miles long and 57 miles wide.

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A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take action on Ohio’s 2016 list of impaired waters within 30 days.

In his 25-page order, Judge James Carr criticizes both the Ohio EPA and its federal counterpart for refusing to comply with several parts of the Clean Water Act. 

What's it like to dive for a shipwreck in Lake Erie?

David VanZandt knows.  He's the director and chief archeologist for Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE), a group that's discovers shipwrecks in Lake Erie. 

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation

A Cleveland company trying to build a set of wind turbines on Lake Erie has been waiting since July for the state to certify its project. This month, the group filed another set of reports in the hopes of moving the process forward.


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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters, due to the harmful algae blooms that plague the region every year.  The agency’s move comes after years of calls from environmentalists and a federal lawsuit. 


Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University

The Margaret Olwill was on its way to Cleveland at the end of June 1899, carrying 900 tons of limestone and 12 passengers. 


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