Lake Michigan

Michigan is the world's fifth largest lake by surface area. It is 307 miles long and 118 miles wide, and has an average depth of 279 feet.  

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For more than eight decades, an Australian lungfish named Granddad resided at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. The beloved fish made the journey from Australia by steamboat and train to dazzle attendees of the legendary 1933 World's Fair.

Since then, the aquarium estimates some 104 million guests have seen the famous lungfish.

Add this to the unexpected news coming out of the Great Lakes region: a huge fireball tearing across the midwest skies early Monday, headed for Lake Michigan.

Remarkable video from several sources, including a police dashboard camera, shows a blue-green fireball searing the night sky.

Susan Bence

A Wisconsin town is getting a lot of attention these days -- on the issue of drinking water.

 

Waukesha lies outside the Great Lakes basin, but it has received permission to take water from Lake Michigan. Officials are still debating the impact of the precedent-setting decision – and a group of mayors is challenging the town’s action.

 

Meanwhile, Waukesha is moving full speed ahead.  


Even as Enbridge pursues government support for an underwater oil and gas pipeline that runs between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron -- more organized opposition is emerging.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa wants Enbridge to remove its Line 5 pipeline from reservation lands.

Tamara Thomsen, Wisconsin Historical Society

The U.S. government is seeking public comment on plans to protect historic shipwrecks by creating a new national marine sanctuary in Lake Michigan.

On Monday, Jan. 9, NOAA began taking comments on its plan to protect 1,075 square miles of the lake. 

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