The world’s largest area of freshwater faces an uncertain future. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Environment Canada just released a joint report on the overall state of the Great Lakes. The study looks at a variety of environmental indicators including drinking water, beaches, fish consumption, habitats and species, toxic chemicals, nutrients and algae, groundwater and watershed impacts and climate change. The overall assessment? Only, fair, but overall, neither getting much better nor getting much worse. Joining Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone with a reaction is the National Wildlife Federation staff scientist Michael Murray.