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  • Based on the Annual Report of the Great Lakes Regional Water Use Database, May, 2013 Issue No. 21, 96% of water withdrawn from the Great Lakes is used for hydroelectricity (Great Lakes Commission).
  • The productivity of hydroelectricity is largely dependent on the physical landscape at the site of the plant and regional weather patterns (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
  •  As of 2011, over 580 power generating facilities are operating in the Great Lakes Basin –  including nuclear, thermoelectric, hydroelectric and wind (Pollution Probe, Energy: Wind, Water and Electricity Generation, 2013).
 Niagara Falls, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Helen Filatova

Niagara Falls, Ontario. Photo courtesy of Helen Filatova

 Sault Ste. Marie. Photo courtesy of creativecommons.org

Sault Ste. Marie. Photo courtesy of creativecommons.org

 Run-of-the-river hydroelectricity. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library

Run-of-the-river hydroelectricity. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library