Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are together the largest freshwater system on Earth's surface, home to a fragile fishery, and delicate shoreline beaches and dunes. They are also central to northern Michigan tourism, economies and our way of life. Here you'll find stories and sounds of the Great Lakes.

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Great Lakes Water Levels
4:24 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:03 pm

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Stateside
7:00 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

The world's very first floating ZIP code is in Michigan

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 7:46 pm

 

The ZIP code for the J.W. Westcott, the official U.S. Postal Service mail boat serving Great Lakes vessels, is 48222.

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The Environment Report
10:38 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Sure, there were pirates in the Caribbean, but the Great Lakes had them too

A Great Lakes schooner. Pirate ships looked like every other boat sailing on the lakes: a schooner or a sloop.
Clarence S. Metcalf Great Lakes Maritime Research Library

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:19 am

Michigan Radio's M I Curious project is a news experiment where we investigate questions submitted by the public about our state and its people.

As part of our M I Curious project, Shelly Scott asked Michigan Radio this question:

Have there ever been pirates on the Great Lakes?

“I thought: we’ve got such nice water bodies around here, why don’t we hear anything about fantastic things that happened on the Great Lakes?” she says.

Scott is an engineer at Ford and she’s also a leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.  These 5th grade girls had some questions about freshwater pirates too:

“What do pirate ships look like? Was there any pirate treasure in the Great Lakes? How did they get away with stealing other people’s treasure?” asked Maria Kokko, Lilli Semel and Shannon Scott.

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The Environment Report
9:29 am
Tue October 7, 2014

What is the condition of the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac? Answer can be hard to find

Tom Prew, a region engineer for Enbridge, on the deck of the work barge on the Straits of Mackinac. Brackets for the pipeline sit on the deck.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 10:48 am

A lot of us are curious about the oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

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The Environment Report
12:56 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

15 years later, Great Lakes levels rebound

The water levels of Lakes Michigan and Huron have recovered after more than a decade of low levels.

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:43 pm

Lakes Michigan and Huron have recovered after more than a decade of low water levels.

Government scientists say the lakes rose above their historic average this month.

Just two years ago, the water was at the lowest level ever recorded.

The quick recovery has stifled an effort to engineer a solution to the problem of low lake levels in Huron and Michigan.

But proponents say it would be shortsighted to forget about the issue.

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