While Western science plays a big role in decision-making, it matters who is conducting the research and in what communities.
Large fluctuations in water levels are part of the Great Lakes’ natural cycle. Levels have been historically high in recent years but were extremely low less than a decade ago.
Northern pike are among the top predators in the Great Lakes and a prized sport fish. They are even known to happily eat invasive common carp, potentially providing an ecological control in great enough numbers.
Great Lakes scientists and researchers were planning to meet in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the annual conference of the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) until the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
Over the last decade, the number of buoys reporting real-time weather observations has more than tripled from 20 in 2009 to nearly 60 in 2019.
Cleaning up Great Lakes Areas of Concern leads to reconnecting people to waterways. And that leads to community and economic revitalization.