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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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. 

National Park Service

Across the Great Lakes, 2016 brought a lot of conflict, with battles over water diversion, petroleum pipelines and other issues.  


NASA

This cool satellite image from the NASA Earth Observatory, taken on Dec. 14, shows a veil of clouds over the western Great Lakes.

NASA captured the image with the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite. NASA says it can detect "faint light sources — in this case, the reflection of the full moon on the fresh snow."

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