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: 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 KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, WSKG, WCMU and more

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 9
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 KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WAMC, WXXI, WCMU, WDET Detroit Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 10
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
Caption: The live feed at Public Square, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
On the Great Lakes, boat and ship traffic is slowing down for the winter. Meanwhile, in Cleveland, residents have a chance to watch Lake Erie chan...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WCMU, WXXI, WKSU, and WBFO

  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:08
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Chef Paul Vugteveen caramelizes some onions for a recipe at Sprout—a non-profit in Battle Creek that focuses on food access. Vugteveen uses garlic mustard in his cooking. He says he'll often make it into a pistou—a lot like pesto. , Credit: Credit: Rebecca Thiele
Invasive species are an expensive problem in the United States. Federal agencies spent more than $104 million last year to control them. But a new ...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WXXI, Michigan Radio, WCPN, WFIU and more

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: At the Novelis Aluminum plant, most of the primary aluminum that is processed comes from Canada., Credit: Payne Horning
President Trump wants to change the agreement that regulates trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But some businesses say the North American ...

Bought by WSKG, WBFO, WCPN, and WLPR

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 02:11
  • Purchases: 4