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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: 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 WAMC, WCMU, WXXI, WCPN, and WKSU


  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:41
  • Purchases: 5
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 WRVO Public Media, WMUK, WXXI, WCMU, WCPN and more


  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:17
  • Purchases: 7
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 WLPR, WXXI, Wisconsin Public Radio, WCPN, WCMU and more


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 6
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
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / USFWS biologists prepare to examine a lake sturgeon, Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / USFWS biologists prepare to examine a lake sturgeon
NOTE: EMBARGOED UNTIL MONDAY, JUNE 12 Biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been using federal funding to monitor the health of ...

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


  • Added: Jun 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: A photo of the finished Euclid Creek Tunnel, the first of 7., Credit: Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Combined sewer overflows are common in over 700 cities and towns in the country. Several cities are under consent decrees to solve this problem --...

Bought by WXXI, WCPN, WCMU, and WBFO


  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A still from the video, Credit: City of Holland
June marks the beginning of beach season in the Great Lakes – but it also means more people are at risk of drowning. What does it mean to see a re...

Bought by WCPN, WXXI, WDET Detroit Public Radio, Michigan Radio, WLPR and more


  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:14
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: An eagle necropsy at the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation, Credit: Jim Levulis
The comeback of the American bald eagle is a success story shared by many states across the Great Lakes region and keeping them safe has become a h...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WCPN, WLPR, WXXI, WVIK and more


  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 7
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In the 200 years since ground was broken on the Erie Canal, it has evolved from means of transportation and mode of industrial shipping -- to a pla...

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


  • Added: May 30, 2017
  • Length: 01:18
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Controverisal Line 5 / the Straits of Mackinac, Credit: Controverisal Line 5 / the Straits of Mackinac
An oil pipeline that runs across part of the Great Lakes has been the target of criticism for months. Now environmental groups in the region are ap...

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


  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 01:18
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Ontario Beach is half eroded away, half underwater., Credit: Veronica Volk
Before you head to the beach on Lake Ontario this summer, you might have to check to see if it's still there... Lake Ontario is still on the rise a...

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


  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A NASA satellite image of western Lake Erie from May 22, 2017, Credit: NOAA
The more rain we have this spring, the bigger the Lake Erie algae bloom this summer -- and it’s been a wet spring, according to projections from th...

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


  • Added: May 26, 2017
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Fran Beth took over the bar for her mother-in-law, the original Marge., Credit: Veronica Volk
Spring flooding along Lake Ontario is damaging many homes along the shoreline. It’s also hurting people who have businesses there. As Veronica Vol...

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


  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 7
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The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan today. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes....

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


  • Added: May 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:07
  • Purchases: 6
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The worst may finally be over for lake front residents. Lake levels have held steady for two days, and experts say the lake may soon begin to recede.

Bought by WRVO Public Media


  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: :49
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Richard Pace, Credit: Matt Richmond, ideastream
Cleveland, which sits on Lake Erie, has big plans for building homes and shop along its waterfront. But the city faces some major obstacles – like ...

Bought by WXXI, WCPN, and WBFO


  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Frank Sciremammano, Credit: (Provided)
A member of the IJC board, and strong opponent of Plan 2014, refutes claims that the new lake regulation plan caused this spring's extreme floods.

Bought by WCMU, WRVO Public Media, and WCPN


  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:36
  • Purchases: 3