Freshwater Weekly 1/4/18

Posted on January 4, 2018 by

This week: a Great Lakes winter wonderland + 5 ways you can help protect the lakes this year + funding opportunities + more ways to make a difference.


We’re experiencing quite the cold snap here in the Great Lakes! That satellite image above was taken yesterday afternoon, with lake effect snow all but obscuring the lakes from view. Snow covers much of the region, with record-breaking snowfall in several locations throughout the basin. Here in Petoskey, Michigan—where our office is located—we’ve gotten 71.4 inches of snow so far this season, almost 20 inches above normal!

And then there’s the ice. Elsewhere in Michigan, ice balls have begun forming along the Lake Michigan shore. In Lake Superior, continued frigid conditions could result in the formation of an “ice bridge” to Isle Royale, which researchers hope might naturally reintroduce wolves to the island. Ice has begun to cover Lake Erie—the shallowest of all the Great Lakes—for the first time in three years, and Niagara Falls is partially frozen in stunning beauty.

What winter wonders are you experiencing in your Great Lakes community? Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


As we head into the new year, it’s encouraging to think about the small ways we can all make a big difference, and to commit to some of those positive actions.  On our blog we’re sharing our top five little things with big impact that you can do to help keep our lakes healthy and clean. Read them here.


On January 8, 2018 Sustain Our Great Lakes will solicit applications for funding to restore and enhance habitat in the Great Lakes basin. The organization will host a webinar on January 16, 2018 at 11 AM Eastern Time/10 AM Central Time to share more information about funding priorities and the application process. Interested? Register here.  

Learn more about this and other grant opportunities on our website.


There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at


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Images courtesy of Steven Huyser-Honig,
West Grand Boulevard Collaborative, & Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve.