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.


Grayling Fish Hatchery
7:17 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Chamber loan gives fish farming a boost

Credit Grayling Fish Hatchery

A federal business loan will help a trout farm expand production in Grayling. The development loan approved by the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce is for $210,000.

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3:37 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

'Pinhole' gas leak found on Enbridge's Line 5

Enbridge officials deploy boom during a mock oil spill along the Indian River in September.
Credit David Cassleman

The company running oil through the Straits of Mackinac says it found a gas leak in another part of the same pipeline.

Last week, Enbridge discovered what it calls a “pinhole” defect in Line 5, near Manistique in the Upper Peninsula.

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Great Lakes
5:45 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Undercover agents go after illegal commercial fishing

A two-year investigation of illegal fishing in the Great Lakes led to raids on businesses in Charlevoix and Beaver Island earlier this month. The raids were part of an undercover operation. It involved creating a fake business in the Upper Peninsula to buy and sell fish. Federal agents involved claim the business made 550 sales and 400 involved fish taken illegally by commercial fishers.

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Water Quality
2:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Stream quality 'average' in Grand Traverse Bay watershed

Kids Creek flows past Munson Medical Center. Kids Creek is still on the state's 'impaired waters list.'
Credit David Cassleman

One out of five rivers in the Grand Traverse Bay watershed has poor water quality.

That’s according to new data from the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay.

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1:55 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The upper Great Lakes are now home to naturally reproducing Atlantic Salmon

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:41 am

Stefan Tucker made a head-turning discovery when doing research for his senior undergrad thesis in the St. Mary’s River. Instead of finding the sturgeon he was looking for he found wild Atlantic salmon. Previously, the species was believed not to be reproducing in the upper Great Lakes. Tucker explained to us just what this discovery means and what questions it has now raised about the salmon’s presence in the Great Lakes.

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