New Report Highlights Restoration of the Great Lakes

Industrial pollution once plagued the Great Lakes. But over the past 35 years, both the United States and Canada have collaborated to clean up and restore the lakes and their shorelines.

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson and his wife Lady Bird came to Buffalo to see first-hand what industrial pollution was doing to Lake Erie. The lake was considered dead.

But more than 50 years later, a new report titled “Great Lakes Revival” tells the story of how Buffalo and other rust-belt cities reclaimed their waters.  It was prepared by the International Association for Great Lakes Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Gail Krantzberg, an engineering professor at McMaster University in Southern Ontario, is one of the report’s authors. She said people began to realize that protecting the fresh waters of the Great Lakes was key to the region’s future.

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1st Place: Adam Bjornberg

Caption: The Gardno anchored outside of the Duluth ship canal. // Prize: $500

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2nd Place: David Schauer

Caption: The Paul R. Tregurtha departing from Duluth. // Prize: $250

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3rd Place: Adam Bjornberg

Caption: An evening arrival of the Floragracht in Duluth amid a pink horizon. // Prize: $100

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