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: Juvenile lake sturgeon, Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service awarded 1.5 million dollars this week to 8 research and restoration projects across the Great Lakes -- including ...

Bought by WSKG, WXXI, and WBFO

  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 01:16
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Passengers of the Lady Michigan look down through its glass bottom in hopes of spotting one of the area’s many shipwrecks., Credit: Veronica Volk
Alpena, Michigan used to be a bustling port on Lake Huron. But since the decline of its major industry, residents of the small town have shifted th...

Bought by Delta College Public Radio, WCPN, and WBFO

  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 03:05
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Enbridge's Line 5
Environmental groups push for closure of Line 5 and react to the president's passing of the PIPES Act.

Bought by WCPN, WCMU, WBFO, and WXXI

  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 4
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New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announces her new bill, the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, which is designed to prevent the introducti...

Bought by WCPN, WSKG, WCMU, and WXXI

  • Added: Jul 18, 2016
  • Length: :15
  • Purchases: 4
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Well known artist and adventurer braves the urban waterways in New York in search for art. Her project called Tide and Current taxi takes her on a ...

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

  • Added: Jul 08, 2016
  • Length: 03:14
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Pride of Baltimore II , Credit: Elizabeth Miller
As part of the Tall Ships Great Lakes Challenge, 9 historic vessels sailed into Fairport Harbor, Ohio on Thursday.

Bought by WCMU, WXXI, WCPN, and WBFO

  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 01:04
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: 2011 algae bloom in western Lake Erie, Credit: NASA
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced their annual algae bloom forecast, Thursday.

Bought by Interlochen Public Radio, WSKG, WXXI, and WCPN

  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: :25
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Quicken Loans Arena, Credit: Tony Ganzer/ideastream
When the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland, security measures may cause problems for boaters on Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

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

  • Added: Jul 01, 2016
  • Length: 01:02
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: BY ANGELICA A. MORRISON / A glimpse of the Jackson Falls property in the Town of Aurora. The land is a part of a big push to protect areas in the Great Lakes watershed. , Credit: BY ANGELICA A. MORRISON
Conservationists along the Great Lakes corridor are continuing their efforts to keep the lakes clean, by protecting its watershed from development.

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

  • Added: Jul 01, 2016
  • Length: 03:23
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: A photo of the recently-discovered Royal Albert., Credit: Jim Kennard
On Wednesday, a group of New York-based underwater explorers announced they discovered a mid-nineteenth-century shipwreck that's been hiding in the...

Bought by WSKG, WCMU, WBFO, and WCPN

  • Added: Jun 29, 2016
  • Length: 01:23
  • Purchases: 4