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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: Simone Lighfoot of National Wildlife Federation, Credit: Dave Rosenthal
Racial diversity was among the issues highlighted at the Healing Our Waters conference.

Bought by WCMU, WCPN, WXXI, and WBFO


  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: :49
  • Purchases: 4
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The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is taking place this week. Tuesday through Thursday. It's the 13th annual event and it is...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WCPN, and WXXI


  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 01:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A photo captured by Ansari 9-24, Credit: Dr. Rafat Ansari
Algae blooms continue to color western Lake Erie a deep green. Now researchers and scientists want to know more about toxins produced by the algae....

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, WCPN, WCMU, and WKSU


  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 5
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Tens of thousands of fish were killed off in the western Lake Erie basin earlier this year. Now the state of Ohio is holding three men responsible ...

Bought by WXXI, WCMU, WKSU, and WBFO


  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Aerial photo of July discharge in Niagara River, Credit: Twitter/@MaidOfTheMist
Niagara Falls New York has a messy problem – it continues to dump sewage and discolored water downriver from the falls. The most recent incident ha...

Bought by WCMU, WBFO, and WXXI


  • Added: Oct 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Julie Cataldo prepared to be lifted from her wheelchair into an accessible kayak on the Erie Canal., Credit: Veronica Volk
The Great Lakes region provides recreational opportunities all year – whether it’s hiking in the fall, ice fishing in the winter, or boating in the...

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


  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Downtown Put-In-Bay, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Representatives from 12 Great Lakes islands attended a first-of-its-kind summit this week. They talked about building a coalition to address the u...

Bought by WOSU, WKSU, WXXI, Interlochen Public Radio, WLPR and more


  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 7
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There are so many plans and programs in place to clean up the Great Lakes, it’s hard to keep track. Next month, environmentalists from across the r...

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


  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 8
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Single-story option -- When you think of the environmental movement, what comes to mind? Preserving the wilderness at national parks? Or guaranteei...

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


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A few members of Outdoor Afro Cleveland, including Smith-Woodford (holding sign), Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Part 3 of series -- The Great Lakes region is home to millions of people of different races and ethnicities. But diverse backgrounds – and issues ...

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


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: WT Stevens replaces a pipe under a Flint street, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Part 2 of series -- Historically, the environmental movement hasn’t always been welcoming to people of color – and issues that are important to the...

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


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite in 1903, Credit: Library of Congress
Part 1 of series -- When you think of the environmental movement, what comes to mind. Preserving the wilderness in national parks? Or guaranteeing ...

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


  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Lake Erie near Oregon, Ohio, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Western Lake Erie’s algae bloom is in full swing – and the water is a sickly green. Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller talked with a charter boa...

Bought by WXXI, Interlochen Public Radio, WKSU, WCMU, and WBFO


  • Added: Sep 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: These silk threads are produced by silkworms but based on the protein spiders use to spin a web.        , Credit: Kraig Biocraft Laboratories
The silky strands made by spiders are prized for their strength and suppleness. Now, scientists in the Great Lakes region are using technology to r...

Bought by Michigan Radio, North Country Public Radio, WCPN, WAMC, WXXI and more


  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The riprap rocks that now act as a barrier between Oswego resident Rich Bowman's house and Lake Ontario were paid for with state aid. Many in New York hope to get federal funding to help residents recover from this year's flooding along the shoreline.
New York State leaders are concerned that recent weather disasters may keep FEMA from giving them aid promised from this year's Lake Ontario floodi...

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


  • Added: Sep 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:13
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Grass carp, Credit: Shutterstock/Vladimir Wrangel
Researchers recently announced the discovery of over 7,000 grass carp eggs in a Lake Erie tributary. The good news? This isn’t the Asian carp spec...

Bought by WBFO, Interlochen Public Radio, North Country Public Radio, WCMU, WXXI and more


  • Added: Sep 11, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Douglas Lavery shows a map of part of the proposed project and converter hall. , Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Douglas Lavery shows a map of part of the proposed project and converter hall.
The Lake Erie Connector is the first power line to connect Canada to the U.S. by crossing under one of the Great Lakes. Developers say the project ...

Bought by WBFO, North Country Public Radio, WCPN, Interlochen Public Radio, and WXXI


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Lake Erie algae bloom, 2011, Credit: NASA
For a city on Lake Erie, it's the season for monitoring toxic algae blooms -- and drinking water.

Bought by WBFO, WXXI, WCMU, and WCPN


  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Tony David (right) and an apprentice, Angelo Johnson (left) look out over the water where the dam used to be., Credit: Veronica Volk
Seventy-two dams in the U-S were demolished last year; and hundreds more were removed in the past decade. Most are taken down as part of an effort ...

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


  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 04:16
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Asian Longhorned Beetle posting at the  North Tonawanda Audubon Nature Preserve
The U-S Department of Agriculture is asking residents along the Great Lakes to watch for an invader. It’s a tiny insect that has the potential to w...

Bought by WBFO, WDET Detroit Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, North Country Public Radio, WAMC and more


  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 7