Buffalo Newspaper Opinion Article Lauds Lake Erie, Shows Concerns for Ecological Health

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Buffalo Newspaper Opinion Article Lauds Lake Erie, Shows Concerns for Ecological Health

The Great Lakes are an amazing natural resource, and no one respects them more than Cheryl Peluso. In an opinion piece published in on March 23rd in the Buffalo News, she explains about how her daughter and daughter’s husband, visiting from El Paso, stood in awe on the shores of Lake Erie.

“I think my son-in-law captured in that comment what we fail to appreciate about where we live. Of course, every place on earth is unique, but ours is, I believe, very special. We have not just one but two of the five Great Lakes close at hand. They provide this seemingly endless amount of fresh water. Of course, the view meant even more to a couple coming from West Texas. Instead of water they have desert.” She said, going on to mention “The view when flying into El Paso is little different from looking at a child’s sandbox. And in the Southwest, lack of water is becoming an ever-increasing problem. The two biggest water storage areas, Lakes Mead and Powell, are each down more than 100 feet from full capacity.”

Later in the article, she explains about the ecological stresses being placed on the lakes, especially Lake Erie which has “dead zones in the lake where the oxygen is depleted to the point at which no aquatic life can exist. Despite the work of people like Sharen Trembath, who annually clean our beaches, we have a build-up of plastic microbeads in the water. Asian carp threaten to join other invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, round gobies and sea lamprey. Botulism is killing aquatic birds. And this winter, waterfowl were dying of starvation along the frozen lake.”

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Ice on the Great Lakes is Happening Faster Than Ever

Ice build up on lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior is happening at an alarming rate during winter 2013/14. Experts have notices that the lake water has frozen faster and at a more expansive rate than in recent years and, barring any unpredicted spikes in Winter temperature, will continue to do so.

“Meteorologists at the weather center have been tracking freeze-ups since 1978, and say it’s the second fastest freeze-up ever recorded. The ice jams are causing problems with ships on Lake Superior. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson says a trip from Minnesota down to Indiana is now taking six to seven days, as opposed to the normal three days.” DoorCountyDailyNews.com reports

Ice Coverage Grows On Great Lakes

from NOAA

Ice Coverage Grows On Great Lakes

Ice Coverage on Lake Erie

Lake Superior went from 14 percent ice cover on January 1 to 37 percent ice cover on January 10. Lake Michigan went from 19 percent ice cover on January 1 to 36 percent ice cover now. Lake Huron went from 32 percent ice to 46 percent ice coverage in the same time frame, while Lake Erie had 25 percent ice cover on January 1 and is now 87 percent covered in ice.