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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.

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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 WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, North Country Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, WKSU and more


  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 7
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When you think of the environmental movement, what comes to mind? Preserving the wilderness at national parks? Or guaranteeing safe drinking water ...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: A few members of Outdoor Afro Cleveland, including Smith-Woodford (holding sign), Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The Great Lakes region is home to millions of people of different races and ethnicities. But diverse backgrounds – and issues -- aren’t always rep...

Bought by WOSU, WDET Detroit Public Radio, and WSKG


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: WT Stevens replaces a pipe under a Flint street, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Historically, the environmental movement hasn’t always been welcoming to people of color – and issues that are important to them. But to change the...

Bought by WBFO, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WOSU, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and WSKG


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite in 1903, Credit: Library of Congress
When you think of the environmental movement, what comes to mind. Preserving the wilderness in national parks? Or guaranteeing safe drinking water ...

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


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Lake Erie near Oregon, Ohio, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Western Lake Erie’s algae bloom is in full swing – and the water is a sickly green. Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller talked with a charter boa...

Bought by WXXI, Interlochen Public Radio, WKSU, WCMU, and WBFO


  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: These silk threads are produced by silkworms but based on the protein spiders use to spin a web.        , Credit: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
The silky strands made by spiders are prized for their strength and suppleness. Now, scientists in the Great Lakes region are using technology to r...

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


  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The riprap rocks that now act as a barrier between Oswego resident Rich Bowman's house and Lake Ontario were paid for with state aid. Many in New York hope to get federal funding to help residents recover from this year's flooding along the shoreline.
New York State leaders are concerned that recent weather disasters may keep FEMA from giving them aid promised from this year's Lake Ontario floodi...

Bought by WBFO, WXXI, North Country Public Radio, and WCPN


  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:13
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Grass carp, Credit: Shutterstock/Vladimir Wrangel
Researchers recently announced the discovery of over 7,000 grass carp eggs in a Lake Erie tributary. The good news? This isn’t the Asian carp spec...

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


  • Added: Sep 11, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Douglas Lavery shows a map of part of the proposed project and converter hall. , Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Douglas Lavery shows a map of part of the proposed project and converter hall.
The Lake Erie Connector is the first power line to connect Canada to the U.S. by crossing under one of the Great Lakes. Developers say the project ...

Bought by WBFO, North Country Public Radio, WCPN, Interlochen Public Radio, and WXXI


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Lake Erie algae bloom, 2011, Credit: NASA
For a city on Lake Erie, it's the season for monitoring toxic algae blooms -- and drinking water.

Bought by WBFO, WXXI, WCMU, and WCPN


  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Tony David (right) and an apprentice, Angelo Johnson (left) look out over the water where the dam used to be., Credit: Veronica Volk
Seventy-two dams in the U-S were demolished last year; and hundreds more were removed in the past decade. Most are taken down as part of an effort ...

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


  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 04:16
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Asian Longhorned Beetle posting at the  North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve
The U-S Department of Agriculture is asking residents along the Great Lakes to watch for an invader. It’s a tiny insect that has the potential to w...

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


  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Scott McNaught and Emily Wimmer with graduate students, Credit: Central Michigan University
The bloody red shrimp came to the Great Lakes around 2006 in the ballast water of cargo ships. Now, scientists are running tests to determine wheth...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, Michigan Radio, WAMC, WXXI, WKSU and more


  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Cross section of Asian carp's vertebrae, Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Back in June, an Asian carp was caught just nine miles from Lake Michigan. Somehow it got past electric barriers designed to keep those fish out of...

Bought by WBFO, Interlochen Public Radio, WLPR, WRVO Public Media, WXXI and more


  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: :44
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Capt. Rod MacDonald on the Maid of the Mist, Credit: Dave Rosenthal
Capt. Rod MacDonald has seen a lot in his 29 years on the Maid of the Mist. Like the man who came over Horseshoe Falls on a jet ski.

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


  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 5
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A new report this month from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls 2016 the warmest year on record around the globe.

Bought by WSKG, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WNIJ, WCMU, WMUK and more


  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: :44
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Mike Garland shows how water is tested in the wastewater treatment plant before being released back into Lake Ontario., Credit: Veronica Volk
This spring’s heavy rains caused flooding along Lake Ontario's shoreline, but what happened to the lake itself? New data from U.S. and Canadian cit...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WAMC, North Country Public Radio, WCMU, and WBFO


  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 03:15
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: This map from the US Army Corps of Engineers shows the location of measures in the agency's recommended plan to restrict Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, Credit: USACE
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers released a long-awaited report today that says new measures are need to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Gr...

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


  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Asian carp, Credit: Gino Santo Maria/shutterstock
Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release a study detailing the best ways to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes. A d...

Bought by WMUK, WXXI, WCMU, WRVO Public Media, WKSU and more


  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 6