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MSU conference explores need for greater international cooperation to protect vital global watersheds
MLive (11/25)
A recent Michigan State University workshop focused on water rights and improving cross-border policies for the protection of the great waters of the world.

VU students testing area waters
The Northwest Indiana Times (11/21)
Students of Valparaiso University, Ind., were at Lake Michigan to work on water quality measurements for an Environmental Protection Agency education project.

Forest Hills students put surf boards to the test in Lake Michigan
MLive (11/20)
Surf’s up! Well at least it was for some lucky students from Forest Hills Public Schools on Thursday, Nov. 19. Twenty students from each of the district’s three high schools had an opportunity to surf 10- to 12-foot waves at Grand Haven State Park, Mich.

City says yes to dock sale
Traverse City Record-Eagle (11/3)
In Traverse City, Mich., commissioners agreed to sell the coal dock marina to a group of nonprofit organizations focused on Great Lakes history, education and environmental protection to expand use for nonprofits and construct new, modern facilities.

TVDSB high school students learn about importance of Great Lakes
St. Thomas Times-Journal (10/31)
Participants at the Lake Erie Student Conference spent the day in Port Stanley, Ont., taking demonstrations on water quality testing, commercial fishing, birds of prey and the threat of invasive species.

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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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