Lisa Borre

Harmful Algae Blooms Plague Lake Erie Again

Seeing the photos from the record-breaking algal bloom on Lake Erie in 2011 was like déjà vu for me. I grew up in the Great Lakes region in the 1960s and 1970s and remember the days when Lake Erie was ...

Lakes Michigan and Huron Fall to Record Lows

Water levels reached record lows for the month of December on Lakes Michigan and Huron. Photo by Lisa Borre.It looks like low water levels on the Great Lakes will be added to the record-breaking climate-related events of 2012. The water ...

Irene and Sandy Show the Effects of Extreme Weather on Lakes

Lake Lillinonah in western Connecticut on a pleasant day in late August 2007. Photo by Tod Osier.A named tropical storm had dramatic effects on a group of aquatic ecosystems last year, but the affected waters were not what you might ...

Warming Lakes: Effects of Climate Change Seen on Lake Tahoe

  Lake Tahoe is one of hundreds of lakes around the world in the midst of a warming trend. The effects of climate change are starting to complicate efforts to maintain the lake’s relatively pristine state, putting Tahoe’s ...

Warming Lakes: Barometers of Climate Change?

Beaver Island shoreline in northern Lake Michigan. Photo by Lisa Borre. News reports about warming lake temperatures began to trickle into my world lakes news feed as the summer heated up this year. I read stories about warmer than normal ...

Invasive Spiny Water Flea Reaches Lake Champlain Basin

Sign at the intersection of the Erie and Champlain canal systems. Photo: Lisa Borre   Last month, the spiny water flea, a tiny shrimp-like organism native to Europe and Asia, was discovered on the “doorstep” of Lake Champlain. Researchers found ...