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Great Lakes Today

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Great Lakes Today, a collaboration of public media stations, was created to highlight issues affecting the lakes. All reports are available to stations for free -- whether or not the station is in the Great Lakes region.

The main partners in the collaboration are WBFO (Buffalo), ideastream (Cleveland) and WXXI (Rochester); other stations in the region will also contribute reports. Great Lakes Today is funded through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Caption: The Margaret Olwill, Credit:  [Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University]
A group of underwater explorers has announced the discovery of the Margaret Olwill, a steam barge that sank in Lake Erie off the Ohio coast in 1899.

Bought by WSKG and WKSU

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: :56
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bobby Jones stand on the site of his old patio, which is now partially buried by last year's floods., Credit: Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today
Water is being let out of Lake Ontario at record rates, but it’s doing little to relieve high water on the south shore, in New York. Last year, flo...

Bought by WRVO Public Media

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Denise Beyer of the Beyers Maple Farm in East Aurora New York, taps maple trees., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Scientists say climate change affects everything from weather patterns to animal migrations. And now, a popular breakfast condiment could be at ris...

Bought by WCPN, WAMC, WCMU, and WSKG

  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Rita McNamara is concerned about plan for landfill near her home., Credit: Morgan Springer
In northern Michigan, people who live near a landfill have been dealing with contaminated drinking water for decades. A new plan for the landfill m...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WCPN, WBFO, and WCMU

  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: 2014 algae bloom in Lake Erie, Credit: NASA
As Great Lakes advocates descend onto Washington D.C. to meet with Congress this week, a new report details how the federal government and states p...

Bought by WBFO, WSKG, North Country Public Radio, WLPR, WVBI-LP and more

  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Water pipes are being installed near Foxconn site., Credit: Chuck Quirmbach
A huge factory -- as big as 11 football fields -- is triggering concerns in Wisconsin. Foxconn Technology plans to make liquid crystal display scre...


  • Added: Mar 06, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Dave Hurlburt of teh BayCreek Paddling Center, Credit: Caitlin Whyte
Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent to clean up the Great Lakes each year. And a federal law targets some of the most contaminated areas, tho...

Bought by WXXI, WAMC, WCPN, North Country Public Radio, WSKG and more

  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: A photo captured by Dr. Rafat Ansari 9-24-17, Credit: Dr. Rafat Ansari
The governments of Canada and Ontario recently released their plan to combat toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie. Phosphorus is the primary cause of th...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WVBI-LP, WCMU, WSKG, WKSU and more

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: :51
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Different species of algae await testing in the ongoing fight against harmful algal blooms, Credit: Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today
In the Great Lakes region, toxic algae blooms are a big problem. Every summer, they leave a green sheen on parts of the Great Lakes – and on many s...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WVBI-LP, WBFO, WAMC, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Feb 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: New York distillery and fish farm turns waste into supper, Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Two companies in the Great Lakes region are teaming up for an unusual experiment in sustainability. They’re starting an aquaculture business. And a...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WCPN, WBFO, WAMC, WXXI and more

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: A ship travels the Cuyahoga River, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Ohio and the US Army Corps of Engineers have settled a lawsuit over dredging in the Cuyahoga River.

Bought by WVBI-LP, WSKG, and WKSU

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: :51
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Doctor Scott Williams, African American mathematician retired from the Unviersit at Buffalo, discusses what it's like working as an African American in the STEM field., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Great Lakes states have produced several influential African-Americans in the sciences. There’s astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – he’s from New ...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WAMC, WSKG and more

  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: [Denise Kappa/Shutterstock]
There are hundreds of marinas – and thousands of boats – spread across the Great Lakes. And that means there’s a lot of potential for pollution. G...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI, WSKG, WCMU and more

  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: :54
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Boats on Lake Erie during Healing Our Waters Lake Erie tour in 2017., Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
This week, President Trump outlined his 2019 budget and a plan to invest in roads, bridges and other infrastructure. In the Great Lakes region, a ...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WVBI-LP, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI, WCMU and more

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 02:17
  • Purchases: 8
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President Trump’s 2019 budget outline is out and Great Lakes funding is cut again. But as Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller reports, politician...

Bought by WSKG, WRVO Public Media, WVBI-LP, Interlochen Public Radio, WNIJ and more

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: :43
  • Purchases: 12
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Every winter outdoor enthusiasts gather on Black Lake in Cheboygan County Michigan, not far from Lake Huron, on a crusade to catch the state threat...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WBFO, WVBI-LP, WSKG, and WCPN

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Render of future site at Port of Toledo, Credit: [Cleveland Cliffs]
The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is this week in downtown Cleveland. Sessions over the two-day meeting will focus on autonomous technology, go...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WXXI, WBFO, WKSU, WSKG and more

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cold Snap and Three Weeks, two of Christensen's pieces, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
At this time of year, we tend to turn away from the Great Lakes, counting down the days until we can swim, fish, or go boating. But a new art exhib...

Bought by WXXI, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WAMC, WBFO, and WKSU

  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The crew of USCG Cutter Neah Bay breaks up ice in Fairport Harbor, Ohio on January 23, 2018., Credit: U.S. Coast Guard District 9
The US and Canadian Coast Guards have assisted over 300 ships this winter season. It’s the result of a years-long partnership – in one of the wors...

Bought by WXXI, WAMC, WVBI-LP, WOUB, WBFO and more

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:13
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Christmas tree berm at the Royal Botanical Gardens. , Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Canada’s Royal Botanical Gardens has a problem. Carp are trying to invade protected marshes, where they could destroy lots of plants. But scientist...

Bought by WXXI, WVBI-LP, WBFO, WCPN, WCMU and more

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 7