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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.


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 North Country Public Radio, WOUB, WRVO Public Media, WSKG, WBFO and more

  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 10
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 WCPN and WCMU

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:14
  • Purchases: 2
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 WRVO Public Media, WSKG, North Country Public Radio, WCPN, WCMU and more

  • Added: Dec 04, 2017
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 7
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 WRVO Public Media, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WOUB, WCPN, WOSU and more

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 7
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
Caption: Stephen Handler discusses the projected fate of a yellow birch tree under climate change. , Credit: Samantha Harrington
The forests of the northern Great Lakes are important for businesses like tourism, logging and maple sugaring. But now they’re under pressure from ...

Bought by WXXI, WRVO Public Media, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WCPN, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / 21 Brix Winery and farms 2017, Chautauqua County NY., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Great Lakes Today
Reports on climate change often highlight the impact to America's coastal cities. But plants, crops and trees are also at risk -- and the harm can ...

Bought by WOSU, WXXI, WCPN, WKSU, WBFO and more

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 03:26
  • Purchases: 9
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It may be hard to imagine a composer being inspired by public hearings and court cases. But Lake Erie and its problems take center stage in a new o...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio and WBFO

  • Added: Nov 14, 2017
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Decal on truck, Credit:  Kevin Lavery, WKAR
The day of the driverless car is gaining ground...FAST. Autonomous vehicles have caught the attention of Tesla, Uber and Google. Now, add the U.S. ...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WCMU, WMUK and more

  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The algae bloom near Maumee Bay State Park in September, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The 2017 algae bloom is over in western Lake Erie. And while it didn’t directly threaten drinking water, its bright green hue prompted national at...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WAMC, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI, WCMU and more

  • Added: Nov 08, 2017
  • Length: :54
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Lake Superior beach near Duluth, Credit: Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio
Here's a question for you Great Lakes lovers. Which is the clearest lake? You probably guessed Lake Superior. Well, that was true for a long time. ...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, Interlochen Public Radio, WBFO, WCPN and more

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Blue Accounting site
Over the years, billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes – whether its money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing in...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, North Country Public Radio, WAMC, WOSU, WSKG and more

  • Added: Nov 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The Maumee River runs more than 100 miles before emptying into Lake Erie in Ohio. And it carries a lot of the farm runoff that triggers algae bloom...

Bought by WBFO, WCPN, and WKSU

  • Added: Oct 31, 2017
  • Length: :45
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Bruce Martineau poles his father Francis Martineau to the shore of Deadfish Lake after harvesting wild rice on the Fond du Lac reservation, Credit: Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio
For generations, Native Americans in the northern Great Lakes have harvested wild rice. It's an important food source. For some it's a way to make ...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WRVO Public Media, WXXI, WCPN, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Lamprey Wound on fish caught in Lake Ontario, Credit: Photo by Paul Zybczynski
There’s some bad news in the Great Lakes and it’s all about the sea lamprey, an eel-like creature that literally sucks the life out of fish. They d...

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

  • Added: Oct 23, 2017
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Kramer's dairy cows turned out to pasture., Credit: Veronica Volk
What does a dairy cow have to do with a healthy lake ecosystem? At a recent Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York, people were inv...

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

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 03:23
  • Purchases: 6