Best Great Lakes Photos from 2017

"Eerie Erie," an other-worldly image from Ontario photographer Dave Sandford [Dave Sandford

By Dave Rosenthal

Flooding along Lake Ontario. A sunken ship. Eerie waves. A dissected Asian carp. All images from a memorable 2017 -- and part of Great Lakes Today reporting that ranged from Montreal to Duluth. Take a look at our favorite photos of the year. 

1. Algae blooms turned western Lake Erie a sickly green.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

2. After heavy spring rains, flooding hit the shoreline of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.


Veronica Volk/WXXI

3. A lake sturgeon study was threatened by President Trump's budget plan.


Angelica Morrison/WBFO

4. Freezing spray from Lake Ontario created this 'ice house.'


Veronica Volk/WXXI

5. Two replica Christopher Columbus ships sparked protests in Oswego, N.Y.


Payne Horning/WRVO News

6. After an Asian carp was found within 10 miles of Lake Michigan, scientists dissected it for clues about its travels.



7. "Eerie Erie," an other-worldly image from Ontario photographer Dave Sandford.


Courtesy of Dave Sandford

8. Tourists on the Maid of the Mist tour boat in Niagara Falls.


Angelica Morrison/WBFO

9. Bald eagles are being poisoned from eating lead shot in carcasses.


Angelica Morrison/WBFO

10. A discharge of discolored wastewater near Niagara Falls brought attention to a regional problem.


Maid of the Mist/Twitter

11. Gord Downie, a Canadian rock icon and Great Lakes supporter, died in October.


Courtesy of The Tragically Hip

12. Gunilda, a luxury yacht, sank in 1911 in Lake Superior.


Courtesy of Jitka Hanakova

13. Surreal paintings by Alexis Rockman highlighted challenges facing the Great Lakes.


Courtesy of Grand Rapids Art Museum

14. The Albany Symphony Orchestra marked the bicentennial of the Erie Canal's beginnings.


Courtesy of Albany Symphony Orchestra

15. Western N.Y. grape farmers are confronting climate change.


Angelica Morrison/WBFO

16. On some islands in Lake Erie, students fly to school.


Elizabeth Miller/ideastream

17. In Minnesota, Native Americans preserve the tradition of harvesting wild rice.


Dan Kraker

18. In March, Great Lakes Today hosted two public meetings of the International Joint Commission.


Eileen Elibol

 

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