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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Drownings at Great Lakes beaches often have a common cause: dangerous currents similar to those found along the ocean. Over the past decade, some 500 drownings and rescues have been attributed to structural, longshore and rip currents. This four-part series examines the issue from various perspectives, including a grieving mother, scientists developing a warning system, and a Michigan beach where drownings are concentrated. NOTE: Stories can run as a series or individually. Intros and outros are customized

Caption: Victor Small gets help for his asthma at an East Baltimore clinic., Credit: Angelica A. Morrison
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Minorities in the Great Lakes bear the burden of environmental problems such as air pollution, water contamination and waste dumps. This series examines the issue through residents of Cleveland, Buffalo and an indigenous community in Ontario, Canada.

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The environmental movement is being redefined. Many advocacy groups are reaching out to minorities and addressing issues important to them. This three-part series explains how the movement has changed -- and what still needs to be done.

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A look at the impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts


Caption: The effects of erosion in Euclid, Ohio, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Great Lakes water levels are high right now – Lake Erie’s are two feet above average, which threatens coastal properties from Ashtabula to Toledo. ...

Bought by WKAR, WOUB, WDET Detroit Public Radio, and WCMU

  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Last year's floods affected shoreline homes, including residences along Edgemere Drive in Greece., Credit: Veronica Volk
It looks like Lake Ontario may have already reached its peak high for the season, which is good news for lakefront home owners and business owners.

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

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 4
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Canada is moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and officials predict that it’s likely to happen by the end of the year. As pot supplie...

Bought by WCPN, WVBI-LP, North Country Public Radio, WAMC, WLPR and more

  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 04:11
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: New York State Health Department / Tick crawling on finger, Credit: New York State Health Department
Environmental experts are debunking old myths when it comes to removing a ticks. Great Lakes Today Angelica Morrison has more. Mayonnaise

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

  • Added: May 11, 2018
  • Length: 01:12
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Birders on the Magee Marsh boardwalk, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
It’s a special time of year for migratory birds. Tired from their travels, they stop on the coast of western Lake Erie to rest and refuel. Nine ye...

Bought by WAMC, WXXI, WSKG, WCMU, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Blacklegged tick, Credit: Center for Disease Control
When it comes to tick bites, Lyme disease is the most common danger. But the Great Lakes region also has an unusual number of cases of another dang...

Bought by WCPN, Interlochen Public Radio, WKSU, WSKG, and WNIJ

  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:31
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Side Scan Sonar Image of Excavation Areas Outlined in Red of the target believed to the Lake Serpent, Credit: Tom Kowalczk/CLUE
A Cleveland group may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck.

Bought by WSKG, WCMU, and WKSU

  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: :51
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / University at Buffalo engineering professor Liesl Folks leads the NAVIGATE Project at UB, Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / University at Buffalo engineering professor Liesl Folks leads the NAVIGATE Project at UB
The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have traditionally been dominated by men. And that can make it tough for women to bre...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WSKG, WAMC, WCMU, and WOUB

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Map of Project Icebreaker, Credit: Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation
A Cleveland company trying to build a set of wind turbines on Lake Erie has been waiting since last July for the state to certify its project. This...

Bought by WAMC, WVBI-LP, Michigan Radio, WBFO, WCMU and more

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: :50
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Lake Erie in September 2017, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters ... due to the harmful algae blooms ...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WBFO, WSKG, WXXI, WKSU and more

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 7