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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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Caption: The Admiral shipwreck, Credit: Marc Duncan
There’s more than just fish and sand in the Great Lakes – there are thousands of ships, airplanes, and other vehicles under the water. A story on ...

Bought by WAMC, PRX Remix, WRVO Public Media, WCMU, WXXI and more


  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: GLRI funding helps projects like the Maple River dam removal, Credit: Ben Thorp
Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late ...

Bought by WSKG, WCMU, WMUK, WCPN, WRVO Public Media and more


  • Added: Jul 19, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Algae bloom, 2011 , Credit: NASA
Harmful algae blooms generally begin to hit the lake in late July, and are triggered mainly by nutrient runoff from farms in the region. Toxins fro...

Bought by WCMU, WXXI, WKSU, WCPN, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 5
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Invasive fish and plants that have plagued the Great Lakes region for decades are getting some special attention during a week long series of event...

Bought by WXXI, WCPN, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:20
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Wilson, N.Y., Credit: Mike Mroziak, WBFO
The International Joint Commission isn’t a well-known group. But it has a big responsibility – helping the United States and Canada regulate the Gr...

Bought by WCPN, WCMU, WAMC, WRVO Public Media, WXXI and more


  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: :48
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Sheila Consaul purchased the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light in 2011 – and since then, she’s renovated and refurbished her unique summer home.

Bought by WAMC, WLPR, WXXI, WCMU, WKSU and more


  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Coast Guard boat, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The Coast Guard reports more than 160 false distress calls made this year in the Great Lakes region compared to 55 last year.

Bought by WLPR, WKSU, WRVO Public Media, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Port of Oswego, 2016, Credit: WRVO file photo
Historically high water levels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are presenting the shipping industry with both challenges and opportunitie...

Bought by WLPR, WMUK, WCMU, WKSU, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:10
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Lake Erie, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
By this time of year, Lake Erie usually reaches its peak water level, beginning a seasonal decline with drier conditions. But this year has been a...

Bought by WKSU


  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: An empty car on Centreville Amusement Park's log flume., Credit: Veronica Volk
Flooding has continued along Lake Ontario for two months -- like some slow-motion natural disaster. And it’s still creating problems in Toronto, th...

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


  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Albany Symphony Orchestra musicians Jamecyn Morey and Mitsuko Suzuki at Lock E-2 in Waterford, N.Y. , Credit: Gary David Gold
The Albany Symphony is holding a series of concerts in towns along the Erie Canal, to mark the beginning of construction in July, 1817.

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


  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 4
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The National Wildlife Federation issued a statement in response to the discovery of an Asian Carp found just a few miles outside of Lake Michigan o...

Bought by WBFO and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:06
  • Purchases: 2
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The issue of clean water was at the forefront of a demonstration this morning in Western New York. It was an event hosted by the Sisters of Mercy o...

Bought by WBFO and WCPN


  • Added: Jun 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:42
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mouth of sea lamprey, Credit: Angelica A. Morrison
A new report on the health of the Great Lakes is out this week. And it shows a grim outlook for Lake Erie.

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


  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:41
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Mayor Paul Dyster, Credit: WBFO file photo
Mayors from the Great Lakes region are gathering this week in Montreal. And from that meeting comes a major announcement about climate change.

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


  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:17
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Flooded gas dock at a marina in Rochester, New York, Credit: Alex Crichton, WXXI News
The US Army Corps of Engineers predicts that water across the Great Lakes will remain high for the duration of summer, and even into the fall.

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


  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: :38
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Kiowa pushes barges over electric carp barrier , Credit: Chuck Quirmbach
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 President Trump's 2018 eliminates $300 million for projects along the Great Lakes. That threatens efforts to...

Bought by WLPR, WXXI, Wisconsin Public Radio, WCPN, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Chris Pierce oversees the removal of dam on the Maple River, Credit: Ben Thorp
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 A look at a northern Michigan dam removal project that is threatened by President Trump's budget plan. The p...

Bought by WBFO, WLPR, WXXI, Wisconsin Public Radio, WCPN and more


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: A piece of walleye head meat before it gets blended with dry ice - the first step in extracting the microcystin toxin from the fish tissue.a, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 By now, most of us have heard that President Trump wants to eliminate a 300-million-dollar program created t...

Bought by WLPR, WXXI, WBFO, Wisconsin Public Radio (ops), Wisconsin Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Working for U.S. Steel, employees from Barr Engineering install instruments that measure groundwater seepage and flow between the sediments and St. Louis river. Data collected from the instruments will help in the design, construction and installation of , Credit: Derek Montgomery for MPR News
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 President Trump's budget plan eliminates $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative -- hurting ...

Bought by WLPR, North Country Public Radio, WXXI, Wisconsin Public Radio, WCMU and more


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 8