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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Drownings at Great Lakes beaches often have a common cause: dangerous currents similar to those found along the ocean. Over the past decade, some 500 drownings and rescues have been attributed to structural, longshore and rip currents. This four-part series examines the issue from various perspectives, including a grieving mother, scientists developing a warning system, and a Michigan beach where drownings are concentrated. NOTE: Stories can run as a series or individually. Intros and outros are customized

Caption: Victor Small gets help for his asthma at an East Baltimore clinic., Credit: Angelica A. Morrison
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Minorities in the Great Lakes bear the burden of environmental problems such as air pollution, water contamination and waste dumps. This series examines the issue through residents of Cleveland, Buffalo and an indigenous community in Ontario, Canada.

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The environmental movement is being redefined. Many advocacy groups are reaching out to minorities and addressing issues important to them. This three-part series explains how the movement has changed -- and what still needs to be done.

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A look at the impact of President Trump's proposed budget cuts


Caption: Side Scan Sonar Image of Excavation Areas Outlined in Red of the target believed to the Lake Serpent, Credit: Tom Kowalczk/CLUE
A Cleveland group may have discovered Lake Erie’s oldest shipwreck.

Bought by WCMU and WKSU

  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: :51
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / University at Buffalo engineering professor Liesl Folks leads the NAVIGATE Project at UB, Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / University at Buffalo engineering professor Liesl Folks leads the NAVIGATE Project at UB
The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have traditionally been dominated by men. And that can make it tough for women to bre...

Bought by WAMC, WCMU, and WOUB

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Map of Project Icebreaker, Credit: Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation
A Cleveland company trying to build a set of wind turbines on Lake Erie has been waiting since last July for the state to certify its project. This...

Bought by WAMC, WVBI-LP, Michigan Radio, WBFO, WCMU and more

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: :50
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Lake Erie in September 2017, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has decided to include Western Lake Erie in a list of impaired waters ... due to the harmful algae blooms ...

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

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 7
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Federal funding for the Great Lakes has survived again thanks to Congress. This is the second time the Trump Administration proposed a big cut to ...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WRVO Public Media, North Country Public Radio, WOSU, WSKG and more

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: :43
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: The Margaret Olwill, Credit:  [Historical Collection of the Great Lakes/Bowling Green State University]
A group of underwater explorers has announced the discovery of the Margaret Olwill, a steam barge that sank in Lake Erie off the Ohio coast in 1899.

Bought by WORT, WAMC, WVBI-LP, WBFO, WSKG and more

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: :56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Bobby Jones stand on the site of his old patio, which is now partially buried by last year's floods., Credit: Veronica Volk, Great Lakes Today
Last year, flooding along Lake Ontario caused millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses. Now, lake levels are several inches above norm...

Bought by WAMC, WKSU, WSKG, North Country Public Radio, WBFO and more

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Denise Beyer of the Beyers Maple Farm in East Aurora New York, taps maple trees., Credit: by ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Scientists say climate change affects everything from weather patterns to animal migrations. And now, a popular breakfast condiment could be at ris...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WORT, WVBI-LP, WBFO, WXXI and more

  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Rita McNamara is concerned about plan for landfill near her home., Credit: Morgan Springer
In northern Michigan, people who live near a landfill have been dealing with contaminated drinking water for decades. A new plan for the landfill m...

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

  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: 2014 algae bloom in Lake Erie, Credit: NASA
As Great Lakes advocates descend onto Washington D.C. to meet with Congress this week, a new report details how the federal government and states p...

Bought by WBFO, WSKG, North Country Public Radio, WLPR, WVBI-LP and more

  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 9