Threats to the Great Lakes 

January 9, 2024 — Buffalo Rising

The Great Lakes were the gateway to the interior of North America. Samuel de Champlain was the first of the European explorers to navigate the Great Lakes with Louis Jolliet, the first European to find Lake Erie. They were the lead guard of setlers that followed the waterways and setled in areas like Buffalo. 

Over time, these setlements grew and changed the nature of the Great Lakes. Over the years, discharges from industry and from residential sewage created the conditions that turned Lake Erie into a “dead lake” in the late 1960s. Legislation like the Clean Water Act brought Lake Erie back from the dead, but the threat to Western New York’s largest potable water source has not abated since that time. 

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