Great Lakes

Great Lakes Food Web Quiz Board by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is licensed with CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Right now, scientists are on a ship taking samples and measurements of the Great Lakes. They’re trying to determine how the lakes will fare this year and watching for trends, one trend, the warming climate, could mean changes for the base of the food web in the lakes. But, the researchers are not yet sure what those changes might be.

Lake Erie in the Morning by Trey Ratcliff is licensed with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

After a dry March, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are still two feet above average over the last hundred years.

"Great Lakes in January" by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The warm weather means it’s ice-breaking season on the upper Great Lakes.

State grants promote recycling

Mar 8, 2021
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

Michigan’s recycling rate is currently the lowest in the Great Lakes region and one of the lowest in the nation.


The state has approved permits that would allow Enbridge Energy to dig the tunnel that would house a new Line 5 pipeline. The replacement would still be used to move petroleum products on a path that runs beneath environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac.