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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: New York distillery and fish farm turns waste into supper, Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Two companies in the Great Lakes region are teaming up for an unusual experiment in sustainability. They’re starting an aquaculture business. And a...

Bought by WCMU

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A ship travels the Cuyahoga River, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Ohio and the US Army Corps of Engineers have settled a lawsuit over dredging in the Cuyahoga River.

Bought by WSKG and WKSU

  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: :51
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Doctor Scott Williams, African American mathematician retired from the Unviersit at Buffalo, discusses what it's like working as an African American in the STEM field., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Great Lakes states have produced several influential African-Americans in the sciences. There’s astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson – he’s from New ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WAMC, WSKG, WXXI and more

  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: [Denise Kappa/Shutterstock]
There are hundreds of marinas – and thousands of boats – spread across the Great Lakes. And that means there’s a lot of potential for pollution. G...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI, WSKG, WCMU and more

  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: :54
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Boats on Lake Erie during Healing Our Waters Lake Erie tour in 2017., Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
This week, President Trump outlined his 2019 budget and a plan to invest in roads, bridges and other infrastructure. In the Great Lakes region, a ...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WVBI-LP, Interlochen Public Radio, WXXI, WCMU and more

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 02:17
  • Purchases: 8
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President Trump’s 2019 budget outline is out and Great Lakes funding is cut again. But as Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller reports, politician...

Bought by WSKG, WRVO Public Media, WVBI-LP, Interlochen Public Radio, WNIJ and more

  • Added: Feb 12, 2018
  • Length: :43
  • Purchases: 12
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Every winter outdoor enthusiasts gather on Black Lake in Cheboygan County Michigan, not far from Lake Huron, on a crusade to catch the state threat...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WBFO, WVBI-LP, WSKG, and WCPN

  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Render of future site at Port of Toledo, Credit: [Cleveland Cliffs]
The Great Lakes Waterways Conference is this week in downtown Cleveland. Sessions over the two-day meeting will focus on autonomous technology, go...

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

  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Cold Snap and Three Weeks, two of Christensen's pieces, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
At this time of year, we tend to turn away from the Great Lakes, counting down the days until we can swim, fish, or go boating. But a new art exhib...

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

  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The crew of USCG Cutter Neah Bay breaks up ice in Fairport Harbor, Ohio on January 23, 2018., Credit: U.S. Coast Guard District 9
The US and Canadian Coast Guards have assisted over 300 ships this winter season. It’s the result of a years-long partnership – in one of the wors...

Bought by WXXI, WAMC, WVBI-LP, WOUB, WBFO and more

  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:13
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Christmas tree berm at the Royal Botanical Gardens. , Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Canada’s Royal Botanical Gardens has a problem. Carp are trying to invade protected marshes, where they could destroy lots of plants. But scientist...

Bought by WXXI, WVBI-LP, WBFO, WCPN, WCMU and more

  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: USS Little Rock in Buffalo, Credit: Angelica A. Morrison
Icy conditions have delayed departure plans for the USS Little Rock. The ship was commissioned in Buffalo, back in December and started on a journe...

Bought by WXXI, WCMU, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: :44
  • Purchases: 3
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Indigenous communities are spread across Canada. Some are remote; others are close to the US border. But many have something in common – unsafe dri...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, WRVO Public Media, WOSU, WAMC and more

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Victor Small, 7, (center)  speaks with RN Julie Cicero about his asthma., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Air pollution contributes to high asthma rates in many U.S. cities. And a recent study showed that blacks and Latinos are exposed to a lot more of ...

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

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Children playing next to Garden Valley [Bill Nehez/CSU Cleveland Memory Project]
Would you want an industrial waste dump near your house? Probably not. But across the country, environmental hazards like waste dumps tend to be lo...

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

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 9
Caption:  The LCS 9 crew stands on deck to bid farewell to onlookers., Credit:  Marian Hetherly / WBFO News
The USS Little Rock was commissioned in Buffalo last month, but still has not made it out to sea. It has been delayed by repairs, as well as ice on...

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

  • Added: Jan 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Current Great Lakes ice cover, Credit: NOAA GLERL
Over the past two winters, there wasn’t much ice cover on the Great Lakes. That changed with this month’s deep freeze. Ice is expected to cover al...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WAMC, WVBI-LP, WCMU, WTIP and more

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 01:09
  • Purchases: 12
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In 2017, President Trump proposed cutting $300 million for Great Lakes projects. That money stayed in the federal budget. But as a new year begins,...

Bought by WTIP, WLPR, WCMU, WRVO Public Media, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: :42
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Cleanup n the St. Louis River near Duluth, Minn., Credit: Derek Montgomery, MPR News
2017 brought with it a few threats to Great Lakes health -- an above average algae bloom and an Asian carp sighting. But a financial threat also l...

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

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: :56
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Katya Kovalenko, Credit: Unviversity of Minnesota
Over the years, pollution has been seen as a big threat to fish in the Great Lakes. Now, a data scientist from the University of Minnesota says, th...

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

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 02:26
  • Purchases: 6