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Plastic pollution on the Great Lakes

Plastic pollution on the Great Lakes

A recent study conducted out of the University of Wisconsin-Superior has shown that plastic particles are accumulating on the...

Coaster Brook Trout & native fish species restoration

Coaster Brook Trout & native fish species restoration

Great Lakes water diversions & global water insecurity

Great Lakes water diversions & global water insecurity

Halfway around the world, another Great Lake, the Aral Sea, has lost 90 percent of its volume over the last 50 years. The reason?...

Climate Change & The Future of Lake Superior

Climate Change & The Future of Lake Superior

So, we know there's a problem. But what next? Check out the first in a two-part look at climate change and the future of Lake...

Botulism in the Lower Great Lakes

Botulism in the Lower Great Lakes

In recent years, Type E botulism has caused the deaths of thousands of birds around several areas of the lower Great Lakes. Check...

The Lake Superior Project

The Lake Superior Project

In 2012 WTIP is bringing Lake Superior into focus with a series of 26 features on the culture, history, issues, and preservation...

Lake Superior holds 10 percent of the world’s fresh water. It is an undeniably huge resource. The lake means different things to different people, whether it's a source of inspiration or income, or a favorite place to recreate or fish. In WTIP's ongoing coverage, we're taking a look at the culture and history of the Lake Superior region and investigating issues like the impacts of climate change, invasive species, development, and industry, as well as exploring how people are coming together to protect and preserve the lake.
 
This project is funded in part by funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. It was also funded in part by the Coastal Zone Management Act, by NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in cooperation with Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, and by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

 
Phil Larson explains a restoration project near the Poplar River while Ilena Hansel looks on. All photos by Joe Friedrichs
If ever there was an example of landowners and government agencies taking a negative situation and turning into a positive, a decades-long effort to restore the health of the Poplar River that flows in Lake Superior is a shining example.  

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency...
Lake Superior Project
After an impressive and lengthy run at the top, Lake Superior is no longer the clearest of the Great Lakes.

In fact, what many claim is the greatest of the great lakes has dropped two spots on the clarity scale to number three, as lakes Michigan and Huron are both clearer than...
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