North Harbour Contamination Topic of June 7 PAC Meeting

The Public Advisory Committee for the Thunder Bay North Harbour Remedial Action Plan will be holding a meeting on June 7, 2017 at Lakehead University. Remedial Action Plans deal with environmental impairments in Areas of Concern on the Great Lakes. This includes chemical, physical, and biological degradation resulting in pollution and impacts to habitat. Public […]

Michigan Sea Grant, Wayne State University Host International Freshwater Research Conference

        From a media release dated May 11, 2017: Freshwater researchers from the Great Lakes region and around the world will gather at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit May 15-19 for the 60th annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR). More than 1,000 participants will spend the week […]

Superior Watershed Partnership Announces Climate Change Corps

The Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP) is announcing the expansion of the Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) with the addition of the Climate Conservation Corps (CCC). GLCC crews work on a wide variety of conservation, restoration and recreation projects while the Climate Conservation Corps is specifically dedicated to projects that help coastal communities adapt to climate […]

Angelique Mott: Lake Superior Survival Story Inspires Novella, Film

A harrowing tale of survival on the shores of Isle Royale will be brought to the screen by local filmmaker Michelle Desrosier. During the winter of 1845-1846, Indigenous woman Angelique Mott and her husband were left for dead on a remote island off Isle Royale by copper miners. After her husband perished to hunger, Angelique […]

Mapping Environmental Stessors on the Great Lakes

It should be no surprise that the Great Lakes face immense environmental pressures. During the 1960s, Lake Erie was pronounced “dead” due to overloading of phosphorous from municipal waste. The Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project — a group of about 20 American and Canadian researchers and environmentalists — produced the data for this […]

Lake Ontario Water Levels: Mixing Science with Politics

For meteorologists, high-water levels and flooding on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have a simple explanation. Rain, and plenty of it, which has drenched the region for weeks, as well as the water from melting snow all throughout the vast Ottawa River watershed. However, U.S. congressmen Chris Collins (R-New York) and John Katko […]

City of Waukesha Statement re Great Lakes Water Withdrawal

WAUKESHA WATER STATEMENT City Response to Eight Great Lakes Governors’ Ruling on Cities Initiative Appeal Shawn N. Reilly, Mayor of the City of Waukesha, issued the following statement in April, 2017 regarding the Great Lakes Compact Council’s decision to reaffirm its approval for Waukesha to access Lake Michigan as its future drinking water source. “Today […]

May 5th Lighthouse Dinner Supports Superior’s Heritage

The charitable, non-profit organization Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior is working to restore, preserve and maintain three of the many lighthouses on Lake Superior. These include Porprhy Island Light,  Shaganash Island Light (Number 10) and Trowbridge Island Light.   This year, once again, the group will be hosting an annual fundraising dinner with the theme, […]

What Did The Great Lakes Look Like Before Environmental Regulations?

Recent media articles have focused on news about potential reductions to Great Lakes environmental restoration and protection programs. In light of such news, it is interesting to look back to a time of reduced or non-existent environmental regulations. A photo essay in Time magazine shows us just what it was like. The Time Magazine article […]

Statistics Show Spike in Lake Superior Drownings

During the summer of 2016, anyone frequenting the waters of Lake Superior, especially swimmers, noticed the warm water temperatures. If the lack of ice on Superior has anything to do with upcoming summer water temperatures, 2017 could also see warm water. In 2016, there were stretches of warm weather and water when sailors, fisher people, […]