Echo’s most viewed stories of 2012 covered a lot of ground. And water.
We reported on environmental science, policy and business. We checked out critters as diverse as mute swans, midge flies, cougars, ugly fish and mud puppies.
Here are the 10 most viewed Echo stories written and published in 2012:
Both heat and drought mean less oxygen is dissolved in the water for fish. There was plenty of both this summer.
A plan to require registrations for canoeists and kayakers in Michigan drew plenty of readers and angry commenters.
China was second only to the United States in polluting the lakes with mercury. And its contribution is rising.
Many everyday medicines could go through water treatment systems and end up in the water we drink.
Michigan’s Wildlife Conservancy and Department of Natural Resources disagree as to whether there is an established mountain lion population in the state, but there’s been several confirmed sightings.
Which lake is the “greatest” lake for surfing? For fishing? For canoeing and kayaking? Which has the best beach, Lake Superior or Lake Huron?
Superstorm Sandy was a dream come true for the Great Lakes surfing community, if not a nightmare for freighter captains.
Researchers discovered dense pockets of micro-plastics in the Great Lakes.
Deaths by this virus were up 300 percent over the summer before.
Echo readers responded to this poll in a big way: Are you in favor of killing mute swans?