Pollution

Decades of industrial use degraded much of the Great Lakes' shoreline and waters. In recent years, stricter regulation and ambitious cleanup campaigns have reversed that neglect, but agricultural runoff remains a serious problem.

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Angelica Morrison

Each summer, bacteria can force beaches on the Great Lakes to close. Now researchers are battling the bacteria with a genetic-based process.

The technique, called Next Generation Sequencing, involves looking at bacteria at the molecular level. Samples of the bacteria's DNA are collected from the water, and are examined to help with identifying the source of the problem.
 

PHOTO: LBJ Presidential Library / PHOTO: LBJ Presidential Library

As a new president prepares to take office, this is a time to reflect on his power to bring significant change to the Great Lakes. A look back at this story from Great Lakes Today raises the question: How will Donald Trump's environmental legacy compare to LBJ's

 


Floating condoms bring push for cleanup in Toronto

Aug 11, 2016

Toronto is one of the largest cities in the Great Lakes region and its long shoreline offers quick access to the cool waters of Lake Ontario.


Artist paddles the Erie Canal from Buffalo to NYC

Jul 11, 2016

Marie Lorenz is a well-known nautical artist lead by her sense of adventure. Her newest quest started in Buffalo.

In a rowboat she made herself, she is paddling down the Erie Canal to her home in New York City a trip that's about 500 miles.


Algae Bloom forecast for the Great Lakes

Jul 8, 2016

There is some good news in store for the Great Lakes. A federal agency said Thursday morning that forecasts show the western side of Lake Erie will experience a less severe algae bloom this year.

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