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FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (CBS) — A Detroit area pizza chain is honoring each of the five Great Lakes in pizza form – and their efforts will benefit a Chicago-based environmental group.

Buddy’s Pizza, which is based in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, on Thursday announced the new Made in Michigan Great Lakes Pizza collection. They are donating $1 from every pizza they sell to the Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes.

True to Motor City form, the Great Lakes pizzas are square, Sicilian-style pies with thick crusts. Each has a different set of toppings, but for the most part, there is no discernible connection between the toppings and the cities, states and provinces on the lakes they are supposed to represent.

The Lake Michigan pizza is made with ground beef, caramelized onions, blue cheese and tomato basil sauce. None of those ingredients are foods that Chicago, Milwaukee, Muskegon or any other Lake Michigan city is famous for – though residents of all of the above cities are likely to find them quite tasty.

The Lake Superior has fresh basil, pine nuts, pepperoni, tomato basil sauce and a spice blend.

The Lake Ontario features fresh cilantro, grilled pineapple, barbecue sauce, and – fittingly for the lake with Toronto on its shores – Canadian bacon.

The Lake Huron is made with a spinach-artichoke blend, roasted tomatoes and fresh spinach.

The Lake Erie has red onions, roasted red peppers, salami, mild pepper rings and tomato basil sauce.

Buddy’s Pizza was founded in Detroit more than 60 years ago and has nine locations in southeast Michigan.

The Alliance for the Great Lakes offers advocates for public policy and offers education on the largest freshwater resource in the world. It offers programs focused on conserving water and Great Lakes coastlines, maintaining clean water and beaches, and eliminating invasive species.

And coincidentally, Chicago is home to a popular pizzeria in the Andersonville neighborhood called Great Lake. But in that case, the Great Lakes reference is limited to the name.

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