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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Michigan officials have terminated a contract with a firm analyzing a controversial petroleum pipeline that runs through the Great Lakes, due to an employee's alleged conflict of interest.

Can Asian carp be kept out of Lake Michigan?

Jun 13, 2017
Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio

Part 2 in a series about President Trump's budget

President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget plan eliminates a $300 million program to restore the Great Lakes. The plan is sparking concern among environmentalists, because a lot of that money is used to protect the lakes from a voracious fish known as the Asian carp.

Alex Crichton / WXXI News

The US Army Corps of Engineers predicts that water across the Great Lakes will remain high for the duration of summer, and even into the fall.

The Corps says these high levels are due to above average precipitation on the lakes. Forecasted levels on Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie will be the highest since the 1990s.

Lake Ontario levels will also remain high, after setting a record for highest average lake levels for the month of May. 

Communities along Lake Ontario -- ranging from Toronto to tiny Sodus Point, N.Y. -- have seen flooding for weeks.

City of Holland

June marks the beginning of beach season in the Great Lakes – but it also means more people are at risk of drowning.  What does it mean to see a red flag at the beach?

 

Controverisal Line 5 / the Straits of Mackinac

An oil pipeline that runs across part of the Great Lakes has been the target of criticism for months. Now environmental groups in the region are applauding a move to toughen pipeline laws, and protect the fresh water source from potential oil spills.


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