Lisa Borre

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 declared “dead.” I later learned that the green scum that plagued the lake during summer...

A new environmental threat map of the Great Lakes serves as a powerful visualization tool for those interested in the challenges facing lake restoration efforts. The map brings to mind the adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But the colorful image is worth even more than that – the red, orange, and blue...

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 level on Lakes Michigan and Huron dropped another 2.5 inches (6 cm) in December, unofficially...

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 expect. They were freshwater lakes and reservoirs spread across the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada,...

  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 sapphire blue water and its overall ecological health at risk. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains and...

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 lakes in North America and Europe, including lakes in Kansas, California, and Washington. By the...

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 it in a canal that connects Lake Champlain to the Hudson River, and then a...