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Summer vacation researching lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/25)
Steve Park, a seventh-grade science teacher from Riverview Middle School in Huntington, Ind. spent a portion of his summer on an Environmental Protection Agency research vessel.

Senators announce funding for University of Michigan project
WKZO - Washington, D.C. (8/25)
Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin say that a grant for the University of Michigan will help develop models to protect Lake Erie from the effects of algal blooms.

Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
More than two dozen people took a two-hour look at the Maumee River and nearby facilities that impact its condition. The tour, hosted by the Lake Erie Waterkeeper, was especially important this year because of the growing algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Save the River looks to boost its education program
TWC News - Syracuse, NY (8/20)
A volunteer for a non-profit dedicated to protecting the St. Lawrence River has published a book to benefit the cause.

Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance aims to raise awareness of Bay City's schooner Appledore, other STEM teaching tools
MLive (8/20)
Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance ambassadors and board members, joined Bay City, Mich. area educators and members of the media for a STEM excursion aboard the schooner Appledore IV.

Local teachers travel to study lakes
The Journal Gazette (8/4)
An Indiana high school teacher and his brother were among the group of educators who took part in a weeklong summer program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich., as part of the Great Lakes Teacher Institute.

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What connects the Great Lakes together and how are the lakes used?
from Joe in Ohio
 
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River System Rivers, lakes and straits connect the five Great Lakes together, creating one of the largest freshwater bodies in the world!

  • St. Mary's River connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron
  • Lakes Huron and Michigan are hydrologically one lake, connected by the Straits of Mackinac
  • Lake Huron connects to Lake Erie through the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River
  • Lake Erie connects to Lake Ontario via the Niagara River (and Niagara Falls)
  • and, Lake Ontario connects to the Atlantic Ocean by way of the St. Lawrence River and Seaway

The Great Lakes are used for a variety of purposes, such as recreation, wildlife habitat, drinking water and irrigation. However, the connecting channels, along with a complex system of locks and canals, makes the Great Lakes fully navigable for freighters coming from the Atlantic Ocean. A freighter can enter the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence System from the Atlantic Ocean and travel all of the way to Thunder Bay, Ontario -- over 2,000 miles away!
 
Thank you for your question!
 

Answered on February 1, 2001

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