Problems of the Great Lakes

By. Riley Powell

Did you know there are small outlets through which water leaves Lake Superior. It takes two centuries for all the water in the lake to replace itself. Now, there are multiple problems in the all of the Great Lakes. Two of them are Pollution & Invasive Species. Multiple things pollute the lakes and it is a big problem, same as invasive species.

One large problem with the Great Lakes is pollution. There is point-source pollution and nonpoint-source pollution. Point-source pollution is water pollution from a single place, such as a discharge pipe at a plant that treats sewage. Nonpoint-source pollution is pollution that does not come from a single location, but rather from many sources such as runoff from farms. Pollution has gotten better over the past years though.

Another large problem in the Great Lakes is Invasive Species. Invasive species come in, take over, and destroy the ecosystem. Invaders like the zebra mussel, sea lamprey, and alewife have all damaged the Great Lakes ecosystem. Zebra mussels, for example, steal food from native species. The most common invasive species are Sea Lamprey, Round Goby, Alewife, and Zebra Mussel.

People have made the Great Lakes than how they were in the past, but there is still some work to be done. People could recycle more, there could be better sources of energy that don’t pollute as much, or even just pick up trash in the area. The Great Lakes are great, lakes. You should check them out.

10 Facts About Lake Ontario

  1. Lake Ontario lies 325 ft (99 m) below Lake Erie, at the base of Niagara Falls.

  2. It ranks fourth among the Great Lakes in maximum depth, but its average depth is second only to Lake Superior.

  3. Lake Ontario, the 14th largest lake in the world, is the smallest of the Great Lakes in surface area.

  4. The province Ontario was named after the lake, and not vice versa.

  5. Babe Ruth hit his first major league homerun at Hanlan’s Point Stadium in Toronto. It landed in Lake Ontario and is believed to still be there.

  6. Lake Ontario has completely frozen over on only two recorded occasions: during the winter of 1874-75, and in February 1934.

  7. Niagara Falls is also a popular tourist destination on Lake Ontario

  8. In the Wyandot (Huron) language, ontarío means “Lake of Shining Waters”

  9. All Great Lakes water flows through Lake Ontario before it flows to the Atlantic Ocean.

  10. Lake Ontario provides drinking water to 9-million people.

Lake Huron

Lake Huron has the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes. It is the second largest by surface area and the third largest by volume of water. The lake's surface area is 23,000 square miles (59,600 square kilometers) and its volume is 850 cubic miles (3,540 cubic km). The scenery is beautiful. Visit Lake Huron now. Contact us via email, or via phone.

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