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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: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / 21 Brix Winery and farms 2017, Chautauqua County NY., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Great Lakes Today
Reports on climate change often highlight the impact to America's coastal cities. But plants, crops and trees are also at risk -- and the harm can ...

Bought by WCMU, WOUB, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 03:26
  • Purchases: 3
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It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new o...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio and WBFO

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Decal on truck, Credit:  Kevin Lavery, WKAR
The day of the driverless car is gaining ground...FAST. Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of Tesla, Uber and Google. Now, add the U.S. ...

Bought by WXXI, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WCMU, WMUK, WCPN and more

  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The algae bloom near Maumee Bay State Park in September, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The 2017 algae bloom is over in western Lake Erie. And while it didn’t directly threaten drinking water, its bright green hue prompted national at...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WAMC, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI, WCMU and more

  • Added: Nov 08, 2017
  • Length: :54
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Lake Superior beach near Duluth, Credit: Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio
Here's a question for you Great Lakes lovers. Which is the clearest lake? You probably guessed Lake Superior. Well, that was true for a long time. ...

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

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 6
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Over the years, billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes – whether its money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing in...

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

  • Added: Nov 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The Maumee River runs more than 100 miles before emptying into Lake Erie in Ohio. And it carries a lot of the farm runoff that triggers algae bloom...

Bought by WBFO, WCPN, and WKSU

  • Added: Oct 31, 2017
  • Length: :45
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Bruce Martineau poles his father Francis Martineau to the shore of Deadfish Lake after harvesting wild rice on the Fond du Lac reservation, Credit: Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio
For generations, Native Americans in the northern Great Lakes have harvested wild rice. It's an important food source. For some it's a way to make ...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WXXI, WCPN, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Michigan Radio and more

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Lamprey Wound on fish caught in Lake Ontario, Credit: Photo by Paul Zybczynski
There’s some bad news in the Great Lakes and it’s all about the sea lamprey, an eel-like creature that literally sucks the life out of fish. They d...

Bought by WAMC, WXXI, WBFO, WCMU, Interlochen Public Radio and more

  • Added: Oct 23, 2017
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Kramer's dairy cows turned out to pasture., Credit: Veronica Volk
What does a dairy cow have to do with a healthy lake ecosystem? At a recent Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York, people were inv...

Bought by WBFO, WAMC, WSKG, WXXI, WCPN and more

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 03:23
  • Purchases: 6
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It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including ...

Bought by WBFO, WSKG, WRVO Public Media, WXXI, and WCPN

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: :49
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Simone Lighfoot of National Wildlife Federation, Credit: Dave Rosenthal
Racial diversity was among the issues highlighted at the Healing Our Waters conference.

Bought by WCMU, WCPN, WXXI, and WBFO

  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: :49
  • Purchases: 4
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The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is taking place this week. Tuesday through Thursday. It's the 13th annual event and it is...

Bought by WBFO, WRVO Public Media, WCPN, and WXXI

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 01:01
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A photo captured by Ansari 9-24, Credit: Dr. Rafat Ansari
Algae blooms continue to color western Lake Erie a deep green. Now researchers and scientists want to know more about toxins produced by the algae....

Bought by WBFO, WOSU, WAMC, WDET Detroit Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio and more

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 8
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Tens of thousands of fish were killed off in the western Lake Erie basin earlier this year. Now the state of Ohio is holding three men responsible ...

Bought by WXXI, WCMU, WKSU, and WBFO

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Aerial photo of July discharge in Niagara River, Credit: Twitter/@MaidOfTheMist
Niagara Falls New York has a messy problem – it continues to dump sewage and discolored water downriver from the falls. The most recent incident ha...

Bought by WCMU, WBFO, and WXXI

  • Added: Oct 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Julie Cataldo prepared to be lifted from her wheelchair into an accessible kayak on the Erie Canal., Credit: Veronica Volk
The Great Lakes region provides recreational opportunities all year – whether it’s hiking in the fall, ice fishing in the winter, or boating in the...

Bought by WAMC, WRVO Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WCMU, WCPN and more

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Downtown Put-In-Bay, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Representatives from 12 Great Lakes islands attended a first-of-its-kind summit this week. They talked about building a coalition to address the u...

Bought by WOSU, WKSU, WXXI, Interlochen Public Radio, WLPR and more

  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 7
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There are so many plans and programs in place to clean up the Great Lakes, it’s hard to keep track. Next month, environmentalists from across the r...

Bought by WBFO, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, North Country Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio and more

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 8
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Single-story option -- When you think of the environmental movement, what comes to mind? Preserving the wilderness at national parks? Or guaranteei...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WCPN, WDET Detroit Public Radio, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 4