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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The Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River make up the world's biggest freshwater system -- and an enormously valuable resource. It supplies drinking water for millions of residents and powers the region's economy.

Last year, 42 million gallons were withdrawn from the basin each day, according to a new report from the Great Lakes Commission. Here's where it went.

Eileen Buckley, WBFO

Buffalo has transformed a failing school into Riverside Academy, a high school that prepares students for jobs in aquaculture, tourism and other sectors of the "Blue Economy."

The location is perfect: Riverside is within walking distance of the Niagara River, which flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario.

And as WBFO reports, the school is partnering with SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper and Buffalo Maritime Center. 

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