Kate Davidson recently reported on the Great Lakes dredging backlog for Front and Center. Click through the slideshow below to meet some of the people affected by sediment buildup in regional shipping channels.
A lot of people are worried about Asian carp swimming into the Great Lakes. We know from experience how bad an invasive species can be. Sea lamprey devastated the Great Lakes fishery in the 1940s and 50s, and they still kill a lot of fish.Sea lamprey are native to the Atlantic Ocean.
Shipping may seem an outdated mode of transportation, but it's still by far the most efficient way to transport bulk material. Each year, over 100 million tons of iron ore, coal, limestone and other products travel through the Great Lakes navigation system by boat. Last November, radio producer Allison Swaim spent nine days aboard a bulk ore ship called the Calumet.
The Inverhuron Cemetery is a small pioneer cemetery dating back to the 1800s.It sits nestled in the aged trees in what is now a Provincial Park along the Canadian Coast of Lake Huron. It was once a town, until a fire in 1887 burnt every building to the ground.
A new report out Thursday claims the Great Lakes states are moving slowly to meet required deadlines under a federal law that governs water use.That compact prohibits water from being diverted outside the Great Lakes basin except for a few exceptions.