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Scientist Starts Journey on Brig Niagara

Sherri “Sam” Mason talks about her work on removing plastic pollutants from the Great Lakes, which led to the Microbeads-Free Water Act of 2015, and her role in the United...

USDA Invest in 30 New Watersheds

During 2018, the USDA will add more watersheds to its water quality initiative to help improve water quality and also strengthen agriculture. Read the full story here>>

‘Tis the Season for Great Lakes Fish

Katie O’Reilly, doctoral candidate at Notre Dame, spends her summers performing fish autopsies to learn more about the fish species and where they have been. During December however, she starts...

Brewery Makes Algae Beer

A brewery in Ohio is making a green colored beer to draw attention to the toxic algae problem in Lake Erie. Read the full story here>>

Kitchens/Cowles Clean Water Access Bill Becomes Law

State Representative Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) and Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) released the following statement after 2017 Assembly Bill 226, the Clean Water Access Bill, was signed into law...

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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