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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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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
Caption: Tom Piekunka has stacked sandbags along his property line in hopes of keeping the rising water at bay., Credit: Veronica Volk
Flooding continues for a second week along Lake Ontario – and there’s no end in sight. Many residents – and New York’s governor – say the solution ...

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


  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 6
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As flooding continues along Lake Ontario, a nearby dam has started letting more water out of the lake. But, as Great Lakes Today reporter Veronica ...

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


  • Added: May 08, 2017
  • Length: :50
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Operators monitor Wellington's raw water, water going to residents, and tap water from the town treatment plant., Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Before water contamination emergencies hit Flint, Michigan, a crisis in Canada became deadly. When E. coli invaded the drinking water in Walkerton...

Bought by WXXI, WCMU, and WBFO


  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 3
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Due to heavy spring rains, Lake Ontario is overflowing its banks. Some New Yorkers want to lower the lake by releasing water from a dam downstream....

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


  • Added: May 04, 2017
  • Length: :45
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Old Fort Niagara / French Castle, Credit: Old Fort Niagara
This week’s winds and rains brought flooding and water damage to communities along Lake Ontario. At Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown officials fear t...

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


  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:33
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Federal funding helps fight invasive species like the sea lamprey, Credit: Angelica Morrison
President Trump's budget priorities have put funding for the Great Lakes in danger. His 2018 budget outline eliminated $300 million in annual fund...

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


  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: :37
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Residents assess the damage of flooding along the south shore of Lake Ontario., Credit: Veronica Volk
Residents along the south shore of Lake Ontario are cleaning up after a storm pushed flood water into their yards and homes. With heavy rains forec...

Bought by North Country Public Radio and WBFO


  • Added: May 01, 2017
  • Length: :58
  • Purchases: 2
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The Great Lakes are so big that they can act just like an ocean -- with punishing waves that erode the shore. And with Lake Ontario 20 inches highe...

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


  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 03:26
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The New York Sea Grant is urging residents and those who live in the Great Lakes basin to help protect the fresh water source.

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


  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: :53
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The Maumee River in the Western Lake Erie Watershed, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The lawsuit involves a dispute over whether Lake Erie should be classified as an impaired waterway.

Bought by WCMU, WKSU, WXXI, and WBFO


  • Added: Apr 25, 2017
  • Length: 01:07
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: EPA Photo / Fish Advisory , Credit: EPA Photo / Fish Advisory
The EPA Office of inspector General (OIG) issued a report regarding fish advisory risk communications. The agency found that several states and tri...

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


  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 01:25
  • Purchases: 4
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With its harbor closed because of silt and other sediment -- and no help in sight from the federal government -- the town of Leland found an unusua...

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


  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:16
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Stock Photo , Credit: Stock Photo
The Great Lakes have been struggling for years in its battle against phosphorous loading. While experts say much of the phosphorous is coming from ...

Bought by WCPN, WCMU, WXXI, and WMUK


  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:38
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert, Mich., Credit: File photo, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Decades ago, the Great Lakes shoreline was a popular spot to build nuclear power plants, because there was plenty of water to cool reactors. Now, s...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WLPR, WCMU, WBFO, and North Country Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 12, 2017
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Photo Credit: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper / Spring Shoreline Sweep 2016, Credit: Photo Credit: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper / Spring Shoreline Sweep 2016
Thousands of volunteers from around the region take part in clean-ups all year long. Riverkeeper in Western New York is kicking off their annual sp...

Bought by WXXI, WCPN, WCMU, and WBFO


  • Added: Apr 10, 2017
  • Length: 02:11
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Max Herzog of the Cleveland Water Alliance at an Erie Hack meetup event, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Pollution and other problems plague areas all over the Great Lakes region. And they can make drinking or swimming dangerous. There’s plenty of bla...

Bought by Michigan Radio, WXXI, WCPN, WAMC, WCMU and more


  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Teachers test a classroom activity at SUNY Oswego's Rice Creek field station, Credit: Payne Horning
For years, the Sea Grant program has helped Americans learn about the oceans, the Great Lakes and other waters. Now President Trump wants to stop f...

Bought by WAMC, WXXI, WCMU, North Country Public Radio, WKSU and more


  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:26
  • Purchases: 7