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The State of the Great Lakes is “Steady”

Jun 23, 2017

This week, the State of the Great Lakes 2017 highlights report was released by the Governments of the United States and Canada.  The report finds the lakes are fair and unchanging and despite recent actions taken to protect the lakes, there remains work to be done.  The two countries have a partnership based on the mutual desire and need to protect the Great Lakes.  Under the agreement between US and Canada, the study is annually conducted, using nine indicators and forty-four sub-indicators of ecosystem health.

On a positive note, the Great Lakes water remains drinkable, swimmable, and it is ok to eat fish caught in the lakes.  However, the report finds the lakes aren’t free from excess nutrients and the battle against invasive species is not going well.  In fact, the only category that received a poor status and is the trend is deteriorating is in the area of invasive species.

While the technical report hasn’t yet been released, to view the highlights report, please click here.

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