Great Lakes Now – Minute Updates

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White-Nose Syndrome

Eastern Michigan University professor Dr. Allen Kurta discusses his study concerning the arrival of white-nose syndrome; a devastating wildlife disease that has killed 80% of the state’s cave hibernating bat population.


After years of neglect a recent settlement provides Flint, MI with $87 million dollars to replace toxic lead service lines in 18,000 homes.

Algae: a Great Lakes’ ancient mystery

Dr. Timothy Davis with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory explains how he’s working to predict if and when an algal bloom will become toxic.

S.S. Badger

The S.S. Badger is the last coal fire steam engine ship on The Great Lakes. It has been upgraded to a storage hydroelectric powered collection system. It functions as a passenger vessel between Wisconsin and Michigan.

Pumped Hydroelectric Storage

Pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PHES), is a method of storing energy using the gravitational potential energy of water, pumped from a lower elevation reservoir to a higher elevation. During periods of high electrical demand, the stored water is released through turbines to produce electric power.

Vernal Pools

Deep in the woods on the grounds of Michigan’s Leslie Science and Nature Center, you’ll find a unique educational laboratory: a vernal pool. Vernal pools are seasonal ponds the fill up with spring rains, and then drain away in the fall, but all summer long they offer a unique place to learn about human impacts on aquatic life and water quality.

Mayflies in Lake Erie

Kristen Mayer studies mayfly season and welcomes them back to the western basin of Lakes Erie, after their long absence because of pollutants contaminating the lake.


Dr. Katherine Greenwald studies salamanders with the hope of using them as an early indicator of habitat degradation.

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians who were never removed from their ancestral lands in Michigan but saw their environment and way of life fractured over time. A small group of tribal citizens fought for decades to keep traditional ways alive, the tribe has even launched a series of cultural preservation and environmental restoration efforts.