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Our Great Lakes – How are they doing?

2013 April 26

From Lake Erie and Michigan, to the smaller bodies of freshwater near you, show us the environmental health of our lakes today.

DOCUMERICA is full of stories of pollution back then. In one case, there is a desperate attempt to pour chlorine off of a beach to try and make the water swimmable. What has 40 years of greater environmental awareness done? What are the issues that remain to be tackled today?

Over the weekend, use your camera as a tool to show us the issues or stories of success near you. We’ve provided a few “Then” examples below. It is up to you to document “Now”.

IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE WATER USABLE FOR SWIMMING, CITY EMPLOYEES POUR CHLORINE INTO LAKE ERIE AT WHITE CITY BEACH, 06/1973 by Frank Aleksandrowicz.

IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE WATER USABLE FOR SWIMMING, CITY EMPLOYEES POUR CHLORINE INTO LAKE ERIE AT WHITE CITY BEACH, 06/1973 by Frank Aleksandrowicz.

BUFFALO WATERFRONT. DISCOLORED AREA IS POLLUTED WATER FLOWING INTO LAKE ERIE FROM THE BUFFALO RIVER, 07/1973 by George Burns 1896-1996.

BUFFALO WATERFRONT. DISCOLORED AREA IS POLLUTED WATER FLOWING INTO LAKE ERIE FROM THE BUFFALO RIVER, 07/1973 by George Burns 1896-1996.

ANNUAL SMELT RUN AT SINGING BRIDGE, TAWAS CITY. IN MID-APRIL THOUSANDS OF FISHERMEN GATHER AT WHITNEY DRAIN, A MANMADE CANAL ON LAKE HURON, TO DIPNET FOR THESE SMALL FISH, 04/1973 by Donald Emmerich.

ANNUAL SMELT RUN AT SINGING BRIDGE, TAWAS CITY. IN MID-APRIL THOUSANDS OF FISHERMEN GATHER AT WHITNEY DRAIN, A MANMADE CANAL ON LAKE HURON, TO DIPNET FOR THESE SMALL FISH, 04/1973 by Donald Emmerich.

ANNUAL SMELT RUN AT SINGING BRIDGE, TAWAS CITY. IN MID-APRIL THOUSANDS OF FISHERMEN GATHER AT WHITNEY DRAIN, A MANMADE CANAL ON LAKE HURON, TO DIPNET FOR THESE SMALL FISH, 04/1973 by Donald Emmerich.

CALUMET PARK (FAR SOUTH SIDE) ON LAKE MICHIGAN COMMONWEALTH EDISON STATELINE PLANT IN BACKGROUND, 06/1973 by Paul Sequeira.

 FAMILY FISHING FROM DOCK AT CASCADE POND NEAR LAKE PLACID NEW YORK, IN THE ADIRONDACK FOREST PRESERVE, 07/1973 by Anne LaBastille.

FAMILY FISHING FROM DOCK AT CASCADE POND NEAR LAKE PLACID NEW YORK, IN THE ADIRONDACK FOREST PRESERVE, 07/1973 by Anne LaBastille.

Share scenes of our freshwater lakes today, with State of the Environment. Match an earlier scene from DOCUMERICA so we can all see the change, or simply share a view from a place as you see it.

To search DOCUMERICA, follow this helpful guide.

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