Great Lakes pollutant lurks in your laundry pile

The United States and Canada are moving to ban microbeads — the tiny plastic bits in toothpaste and facewash that are big water polluters. Now scientists are focusing on a similar problem — and it’s lurking in your laundry pile.

What’s icy, metal and two miles long? A Great Lakes ice boom

As ice forms on Lake Erie, it creates problems for the huge hydro-electric power plants downstream. To keep electricity flowing to millions of residents in the Northeast U.S. and Canada, power companies rig up a contraption called an ice boom.

Great Lakes targeted for offshore wind farms

The nation’s first offshore wind energy project just started operating in Rhode Island waters, and developers are pushing ahead in another vast body of water: the Great Lakes. A six-turbine demonstration is underway on Lake Erie, about nine miles from Cleveland’s shoreline.

Great Lakes year in review

The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn’t the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. Current State reviews these stories.