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


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It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including ...

Bought by WBFO, WSKG, WRVO Public Media, WXXI, and WCPN

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: :49
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Simone Lighfoot of National Wildlife Federation, Credit: Dave Rosenthal
Racial diversity was among the issues highlighted at the Healing Our Waters conference.

Bought by WCMU, WCPN, WXXI, and WBFO

  • Added: Oct 17, 2017
  • Length: :49
  • Purchases: 4
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The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference is taking place this week. Tuesday through Thursday. It's the 13th annual event and it is...

Bought by WBFO, WRVO Public Media, WCPN, and WXXI

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 01:01
  • Purchases: 4
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Algae blooms continue to color western Lake Erie a deep green. Now researchers and scientists want to know more about toxins produced by the algae....

Bought by KPIK-LP, WBFO, WOSU, WAMC, WDET Detroit Public Radio and more

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 9
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Tens of thousands of fish were killed off in the western Lake Erie basin earlier this year. Now the state of Ohio is holding three men responsible ...

Bought by WXXI, WCMU, WKSU, and WBFO

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: :55
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Aerial photo of July discharge in Niagara River, Credit: Twitter/@MaidOfTheMist
Niagara Falls New York has a messy problem – it continues to dump sewage and discolored water downriver from the falls. The most recent incident ha...

Bought by WCMU, WBFO, and WXXI

  • Added: Oct 05, 2017
  • Length: 01:58
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Julie Cataldo prepared to be lifted from her wheelchair into an accessible kayak on the Erie Canal., Credit: Veronica Volk
The Great Lakes region provides recreational opportunities all year – whether it’s hiking in the fall, ice fishing in the winter, or boating in the...

Bought by KSKA, WAMC, WRVO Public Media, Interlochen Public Radio, WCMU and more

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Downtown Put-In-Bay, Credit: Elizabeth Miller/ideastream
Representatives from 12 Great Lakes islands attended a first-of-its-kind summit this week. They talked about building a coalition to address the u...

Bought by WVBI-LP, WOSU, WKSU, WXXI, Interlochen Public Radio and more

  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: :57
  • Purchases: 8
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There are so many plans and programs in place to clean up the Great Lakes, it’s hard to keep track. Next month, environmentalists from across the r...

Bought by WBFO, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WXXI, North Country Public Radio, Interlochen Public Radio and more

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: :59
  • Purchases: 8
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Single-story option -- When you think of the environmental movement, what comes to mind? Preserving the wilderness at national parks? Or guaranteei...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WCPN, WDET Detroit Public Radio, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 4