The Lakes

The Great Lakes -- Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior -- are among the most important bodies of water in the world. They are the largest readily accessible source of freshwater on Earth – roughly 20 percent of the total supply -- and contain more than 80 percent of North America’s surface water supply.

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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. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

There's no shortage of theories for stopping the Asian carp's move toward the Great Lakes. Big gates, underwater electric barriers, annoying sound -- all have been used or talked about as solutions.

Now, add bubbles. That was the winning idea from "Carp Tank," a $500,000 competition that wrapped up in Michigan this week.

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. 


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