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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: Cross section of Asian carp's vertebrae, Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
Back in June, an Asian carp was caught just nine miles from Lake Michigan. Somehow it got past electric barriers designed to keep those fish out of...

Bought by WXXI, WILL, and WCMU


  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: :44
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Capt. Rod MacDonald on the Maid of the Mist, Credit: Dave Rosenthal
Capt. Rod MacDonald has seen a lot in his 29 years on the Maid of the Mist. Like the man who came over Horseshoe Falls on a jet ski.

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


  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 4
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A new report this month from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls 2016 the warmest year on record around the globe.

Bought by WSKG, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WNIJ, WCMU, WMUK and more


  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: :44
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Mike Garland shows how water is tested in the wastewater treatment plant before being released back into Lake Ontario., Credit: Veronica Volk
This spring’s heavy rains caused flooding along Lake Ontario's shoreline, but what happened to the lake itself? New data from U.S. and Canadian cit...

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


  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 03:15
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: This map from the US Army Corps of Engineers shows the location of measures in the agency's recommended plan to restrict Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, Credit: USACE
The U-S Army Corps of Engineers released a long-awaited report today that says new measures are need to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Gr...

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


  • Added: Aug 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Asian carp, Credit: Gino Santo Maria/shutterstock
Monday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will release a study detailing the best ways to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes. A d...

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


  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Bridge crossing in Niagara Falls NY location where Harriet Tubman helped runaway slaves escape to Canada. , Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Bridge crossing in Niagara Falls NY location where Harriet Tubman helped runaway slaves escape to Canada.
Thousands of asylum seekers in the US are heading to Canada, because of the hostile political climate here. And they're taking routes along the Gre...

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


  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Rear Admiral June Ryan, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The first woman to lead the Coast Guard district that covers the Great Lakes is retiring Wednesday. Details on her exit -- and who’s taking her pl...

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


  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Sandbags line the shore of Ward's Island, on of the Toronto Islands overlooking the city., Credit: Veronica Volk
For a lot of people and business around Lake Ontario, flooding put summer on hold. Now that the water is going down, businesses are coming back, in...

Bought by WCPN, WRVO Public Media, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 31, 2017
  • Length: :58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: A slide with slices of otoliths is ready for examination, Credit: A slide with slices of otoliths is ready for examination
Asian carp are a big threat to the Great Lakes. After one was found recently beyond an electric barrier, environmentalists and officials worried th...

Bought by Michigan Radio, WXXI, WVIK, WMUK, WCPN and more


  • Added: Jul 31, 2017
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Protest in Oswego, N.Y., Credit: Payne Horning
Two replica Christopher Columbus ships are sailing across the Great Lakes this summer, offering visitors a chance to learn about the famous explore...

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, WFIU, WAMC, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WXXI and more


  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 03:20
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Mabel Johnson (right) and daughter Betty, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
75 years ago, the SPARS were created to take the job of thousands of Coast Guardsmen who had to leave their posts to fight in World War II. 102-ye...

Bought by WXXI, WOSU, WCPN, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 01:11
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The Admiral shipwreck, Credit: Marc Duncan
There’s more than just fish and sand in the Great Lakes – there are thousands of ships, airplanes, and other vehicles under the water. A story on ...

Bought by WAMC, PRX Remix, WRVO Public Media, WCMU, WXXI and more


  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: GLRI funding helps projects like the Maple River dam removal, Credit: Ben Thorp
Despite a White House proposal to eliminate $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the House Appropriations Committee voted late ...

Bought by WSKG, WCMU, WMUK, WCPN, WRVO Public Media and more


  • Added: Jul 19, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Algae bloom, 2011 , Credit: NASA
Harmful algae blooms generally begin to hit the lake in late July, and are triggered mainly by nutrient runoff from farms in the region. Toxins fro...

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


  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 5
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Invasive fish and plants that have plagued the Great Lakes region for decades are getting some special attention during a week long series of event...

Bought by WXXI, WCPN, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:20
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Gov. Andrew Cuomo at Wilson, N.Y., Credit: Mike Mroziak, WBFO
The International Joint Commission isn’t a well-known group. But it has a big responsibility – helping the United States and Canada regulate the Gr...

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


  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: :48
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Sheila Consaul purchased the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light in 2011 – and since then, she’s renovated and refurbished her unique summer home.

Bought by WAMC, WLPR, WXXI, WCMU, WKSU and more


  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Coast Guard boat, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The Coast Guard reports more than 160 false distress calls made this year in the Great Lakes region compared to 55 last year.

Bought by WLPR, WKSU, WRVO Public Media, and WBFO


  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Port of Oswego, 2016, Credit: WRVO file photo
Historically high water levels on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River are presenting the shipping industry with both challenges and opportunitie...

Bought by WLPR, WMUK, WCMU, WKSU, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:10
  • Purchases: 8