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Great Lakes Ice Coverage

Nearly 20 Percent Of Great Lakes Still On Ice

In the aftermath of one of the coldest winters on record, 19 percent of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice.

05/05/2014

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Under-The-Radar National Parks

Vacationers might be interested in visiting one of these under-the-radar national parks to get away from the large crowds and heavy traffic in the most popular parks, like Yosemite, Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon.

04/29/2014

Satellite image of ice cover on the Great Lakes on April 15, 2014. Overall, nearly 39 percent of the Great Lakes were covered in ice as of April 15, including 62 percent of Lake Superior. (Credit: NOAA)

It’s Mid-April And Coast Guard Is Still Battling Thick Great Lakes Ice

Almost one month into spring, the U.S. Coast Guard is still breaking up ice around the Great Lakes.

04/16/2014

Satellite image of ice coverage on the Great Lakes on March 6, 2014, when surface ice levels were at 92.19 percent. (Credit: NOAA)

Lake Michigan Ice Breaks Record; Great Lakes Hit 2nd Highest Level

Lake Michigan set a new record for ice coverage over the weekend, when ice levels reached 93.29 percent.

03/11/2014

Much of the Lake Michigan ice melted last week, while lakes Superior, Huron and Erie remain almost totally covered in ice.  Most of Lake Ontario is water. (NOAA)

Great Lakes Ice Coverage As Seen From Space; Lake Michigan Meltdown

Last week’s brief thaw melted much of the ice covering Lake Michigan, but three of the Great Lakes still remain nearly entirely on ice.

02/25/2014

Satellite image of ice and snow cover on Lake Michigan on Feb. 11, 2014. (Credit: National Weather Service)

Nearly 90 Percent Of Great Lakes Covered In Ice

It’s been so bitterly cold for so long in the Upper Midwest that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice. The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the lakes’ surface was frozen.

02/14/2014

This satellite image show the ice covering Lake Erie on Jan. 9. (Credit: NOAA)

Winter Leaves 80 Percent Of Great Lakes Covered In Ice

The long deep freeze across the Upper Midwest this winter has left a whopping 80 percent of the Great Lakes covered in ice.

02/07/2014

Asian Carp

Study: Physical, Electric Barriers Best Defenses Against Asian Carp

Placing dam-like structures in Chicago waterways would be an almost foolproof method of preventing Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan, while a less pricey electric barrier system also has solid prospects for shielding the Great Lakes from the invasive fish.

01/29/2014

(Credit: NASA)

NASA Captures Image Of Midwest ‘Whiteout’

When one looks at a photo like this, it makes one feel really, really small.

01/08/2014

Lake water (CBS)

Water-Safety Advocate: ‘Flip, Float And Follow’ When In Distress

A warning for holiday weekend revelers planning to hit Lake Michigan: Even when the water seems calm, it can be deadly. CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.

08/30/2013

Former Marine Sergeant Luis Garcia being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps medal at Great Lakes Naval Station. (Credit: CBS)

Local Marine Awarded Medal For Bravery In Afghanistan

It is a high military honor for bravery, once awarded to John F. Kennedy years before he was elected president.

08/13/2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Durbin Says More Funds Needed To Protect Lake Michigan

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is accusing House Republicans of waving a white flag in the face of a potential Asian carp invasion, reports WBBM’s John Cody.

07/29/2013

Volunteers with the Shedd Aquarium clean up trash and debris from the nearby 12th Street Beach on April 18, 2012, after the aquarium adopted the beach for Earth Day. The aquarium will sweep the beach once a month through October to clean up trash and debris left in the sand. (Credit: CBS)

Low Lake Levels Reveal More Debris On Great Lakes Beaches

Less water reveals garbage that had been hidden in Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

04/12/2013

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The Great Lakes Skydiving Experience

First of all, it was not my idea, it was my friend’s. However, find a skydiving deal on a site like Livingsocial. We found our deal on Livingsocial for $139 for one tandem skydive. Great Lakes said that probably 90 percent of their business comes from deals like the one we found…

11/07/2012

Lake Michigan sunrise along North Avenue beach. (Credit: Natalie Cheng/CBS Chicago)

U.S., Canada Re-Sign Pact To Protect Great Lakes

The United States is combining forces with our neighbors to the north to keep the Great Lakes safe and pure.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2012

Great Lakes Pizza

Michigan Chain Honors All 5 Great Lakes In Pizza Form

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.

06/22/2012

Asian Carp

Asian Carp DNA Still Appearing In Chicago Area Waterways

Despite efforts to rid Chicago’s Sanitary and Ship Canal of Asian carp, evidence of the invasive fish is still showing up.

CBS Chicago–06/19/2012

Photo Of Spinning Wind Turbine. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Wind Turbines In The Middle Of Lake Michigan?

The Obama administration has paved the way for the placement of windmills out in the water in the Great Lakes.

WBBM Newsradio–03/30/2012

Asian Carp

Supreme Court Won’t Order Canal Closed To Halt Asian Carp

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to order the closure of locks on the Sanitary and Ship Canal to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

CBS Chicago–02/27/2012

Asian Carp

Environmental Groups: Close Sanitary And Ship Canal To Stop Asian Carp

Two environmentalist groups are the latest to call for a shutdown of the Sanitary and Ship Canal, so as to prevent the spread of the Asian carp into the Great Lakes.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2012

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