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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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Indigenous communities are spread across Canada. Some are remote; others are close to the US border. But many have something in common – unsafe dri...

Bought by WCMU, North Country Public Radio, WBFO, WCPN, WVBI-LP and more

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Victor Small, 7, (center)  speaks with RN Julie Cicero about his asthma., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Air pollution contributes to high asthma rates in many U.S. cities. And a recent study showed that blacks and Latinos are exposed to a lot more of ...

Bought by WSKG, WCMU, WCPN, WAMC, WVBI-LP and more

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Children playing next to Garden Valley [Bill Nehez/CSU Cleveland Memory Project]
Would you want an industrial waste dump near your house? Probably not. But across the country, environmental hazards like waste dumps tend to be lo...

Bought by WCMU, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WOSU, WSKG, WBFO and more

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 7
Caption:  The LCS 9 crew stands on deck to bid farewell to onlookers., Credit:  Marian Hetherly / WBFO News
The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo last month, but still has not made it out to sea. It has been delayed by repairs, as well as ice on...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WCMU, North Country Public Radio, WCPN, and WXXI

  • Added: Jan 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Current Great Lakes ice cover, Credit: NOAA GLERL
Over the past two winters, there wasn’t much ice cover on the Great Lakes. That changed with this month’s deep freeze. Ice is expected to cover al...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WAMC, WVBI-LP, WCMU, WTIP and more

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 12
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In 2017, President Trump proposed cutting $300 million for Great Lakes projects. That money stayed in the federal budget. But as a new year begins,...

Bought by WTIP, WLPR, WCMU, WRVO Public Media, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: :42
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Cleanup n the St. Louis River near Duluth, Minn., Credit: Derek Montgomery, MPR News
2017 brought with it a few threats to Great Lakes health -- an above average algae bloom and an Asian carp sighting. But a financial threat also l...

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

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: :56
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Katya Kovalenko, Credit: Unviversity of Minnesota
Over the years, pollution has been seen as a big threat to fish in the Great Lakes. Now, a data scientist from the University of Minnesota says, th...

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

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 02:26
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The live feed at Public Square, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
On the Great Lakes, boat and ship traffic is slowing down for the winter. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, residents have a chance to watch Lake Erie chan...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WCMU, WXXI, WKSU, and WBFO

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:08
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Chef Paul Vugteveen caramelizes some onions for a recipe at Sprout—a non-profit in Battle Creek that focuses on food access. Vugteveen uses garlic mustard in his cooking. He says he'll often make it into a pistou—a lot like pesto. , Credit: Credit: Rebecca Thiele
Invasive species are an expensive problem in the United States. Federal agencies spent more than $104 million last year to control them. But a new ...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WXXI, Michigan Radio, WCPN, WFIU and more

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: At the Novelis Aluminum plant, most of the primary aluminum that is processed comes from Canada., Credit: Payne Horning
President Trump wants to change the agreement that regulates trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But some businesses say the North American ...

Bought by WSKG, WBFO, WCPN, and WLPR

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 02:11
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Drug Take Back Program / US Drug Enfocement Administration, Credit: PHOTO SOURCE: US Drug Enfocement Administration
As America confronts the opioid crisis, environmental scientists are warning about a related problem. Chemicals from pain-killers and other drugs o...

Bought by WCPN, WLPR, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WDET Detroit Public Radio, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 14
Caption: This summer, a water discharge darkened the Niagara River near the falls., Credit: Maid of the Mist
The problem of sewer overflows affects the entire Great Lakes region. The EPA reports that about 182 municipalities have systems that can release u...

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

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 6
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The new USS Little Rock is docked at Canalside on Buffalo's waterfront, nearly two weeks in advance of its scheduled commissioning ceremony set to ...

Bought by WBFO, WCPN, and WCMU

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:14
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse covered in ice, Credit: Amy Nichole Harris/Shutterstock
Over the past two winters, the Great Lakes have had a below-average ice cover. And that’s expected to continue this year. Great Lakes Today’s Eliz...

Bought by WBFO, WLPR, WRVO Public Media, WSKG, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: White fuzz on branches harbors the destructive hemlock woolly adelgid., Credit: Caitlin Whyte
The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is almost impossible to see with the naked eye. But the insect is causing a lot of damage to hemlock trees and their sur...

Bought by WBFO, WRVO Public Media, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WOUB, WCPN and more

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: A lawn that once stretched to the iron gate has ben eroded by high waters., Credit: Caitlin Whyte
As winter nears, residents along Lake Ontario are shoring up walls of sandbags for protection against high waves. Caitlin Whyte of WXXI reports for...

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

  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: A northwest Ohio farm, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
A new report from the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian agency, says the Great Lakes restoration is progressing -- but not quickly en...

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

  • Added: Nov 28, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Robin Guenther speaking in Cleveland., Credit: Elizabeth Miller
It’s been a year of natural disasters in the US, with wildfires on the west coast, hurricanes in the south – and even flooding along Lake Ontario. ...

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

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: July wastewater release at Niagara Falls, Credit: Twitter/@MaidOfTheMist
A new project takes aim at sewage overflows that are polluting the Great Lakes.

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

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 6