Rep. Mike Gallagher Calls for “Great Lakes Week”

Rep. Mike Gallagher announced his support for a bipartisan resolution that designates the week of Memorial Day as “Great Lakes Week.” The resolution is a bipartisan effort in the House...

PBS Sits Down with Author Dan Egan

Author of “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” Dan Egan talks all about this popular work that focuses on the health of the Great Lakes. Watch the interview...

Miranda Paul

Award-winning Author Visits Door County Schools

Miranda Paul is the award-winning author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and...

The Plan to Clean Up Lake Erie

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement requires all jurisdictions surrounding Lake Erie to publish action plans for addressing increasingly severe algal blooms, and the deadline is this month. So far,...

Fighting for Great Lakes Funding

In a recent mailing, U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher included information on Great Lakes funding: Earlier this month, the Administration released its FY19 budget proposal which slashes funding for the Great...

The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.


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