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    The Great Lakes hold 21% of our natural freshwater supply. I am a limnologist living in Detroit, Michigan. My city is located near Lake Erie and I visit it weekly with my research team to record the changes in the lakes. I've written two books: one about Lake Erie and the other about Lake Huron. Many believe that The Great Lakes are dying; as an expert and an experienced scientist, I can confirm that this is true mostly because of pollution, habitat loss, and non-native species entering the lakes. Pollution is a serious issue that is negatively impacting The Great Lakes. Chemicals found inside the lakes are proven to be harmful to humans who consume fish from the lakes. A study found that people who ate more than 24 pounds of fish from Lake…

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    problems are seen throughout the world, many strategic plans need to be developed in order to tackle these issues, but sometimes researchers come up short (Kreuter & De Rosa, 2004). The Great Lakes ecosystem is the largest body of freshwater in the world. This ecosystem holds 18% of the worlds freshwater supply in the world, it covers 95000 square miles of shoreline; includes 5000 tributaries and has an area of drainage of 288000 square miles. The Basin is populated with more than 35 million…

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    IV. Utilizing an electric barrier will eliminate issues for boaters on the Great Lakes Not only are Asian carp affecting the ecosystem and food web in the Great Lakes, but they are also affecting the humans who use the lake. During the summer season, the Great Lakes are used the most for the use of boating and sport of fishing. After the invasion of the carp, many boaters, as well as the fishing industry, have faced many impacts from the species. This section will discuss the consequences that…

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    Sometimes drastic measures need to be taken to prevent an even more drastic situation, and that is the dilemma today's scientists are facing on the topic of the Alewife, a small silver fish who have wreaked havoc on freshwater ecosystems across Ontario. The invasive species were first spotted in Lake Ontario in 1873, having been carried over in the ballast water of ships. They quickly reproduced in those bodies of water, then bypassed Niagara Falls through the Welland Canal By 1960, they had…

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    Purpose This paper will discuss the Great Lakes regions issue with invasive species introduced via ships ballast water, and the response that has followed since then. The impact of shipping and its economic benefit to the region will also be reviewed. The Great Lakes The great lakes system consists of a group of linked freshwater lakes spanning across the traditionally defined “heart land” region of North America. The system consists primarily of 5 distinct bodies of water; Lake Superior,…

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    The Great Lakes states should not have allowed the diversion of water to Waukesha because the Great Lakes compact technically forbids the diversion, Waukesha could be sharing the water with other communities, and this diversion could open the door for many other diversions. First, in 2008, president George W. Bush signed the Great Lakes Compact. One thing that the compact states is that diversion outside of the basin is banned. An article by Codi Kozacek, writing for Circle of Blue, states that…

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    We focus on the U.S. Great Lakes megaregion, which includes large metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Cleveland, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. The dataset consists of a balanced panel based on the monthly data obtained from various sources. Variables measured in this study and the data sources are described in this section. We focus on the time period between 2013 July and 2016 May for data consistency. Figure 1. US Great Lakes Megaregion (source:…

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    Industrial Pollution in the Great Lakes Pollution within the Great Lakes region has been an issue since before the 1970s, when pollution in this area caused concern, resulting in the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States. This was in place to improve water quality of the Great Lakes region. However, we are still struggling with pollution in the Great Lakes- and all over the world. As countries develop, they become more industrial to meet high market demands of…

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    The great lakes have been around since the tail end of the Ice Age. Now 2.6 million years later, the great lakes are facing huge problems. The great lakes have now been suffering through pollution, invasive species, and habitat loss. These are some of the reasons why. The pollution in the great lakes is not great, but its not horrendous. The text explains that pollution is in the great lakes, but other evidence explains that the great lakes pollution has gotten better since the 60's. In fact,…

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    According to the Department of Natural Resources of Minnesota, Dreissena Polymorpha or formally known as zebra mussels is one of the highest problems in Minnesota lakes and rivers, affecting twenty-eight states and counting in the United States and is one of the highest leading problems in waters. Discovered in 1988 in the Great Lakes, they are said to be native to Eastern Europe, and Western Russia, the theory is that they were brought over from ships that were bringing over products to the…

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