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Check here for recent video coverage of Great Lakes issues by print, radio and television media outlets in the United States and Canada. You'll also find quick links to a large collection of the region's media sources, organized by state/province and city. The Great Lakes Videos section is updated weekly by the GLIN Project Team at the Great Lakes Commission. You are welcome to submit Great Lakes-related videos by local, state/provincial or national media.

Note: You may notice broken links on some of the video headlines. Many media sources (e.g., Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, etc) keep complete archives of all their content. So even if a story is months old, these links should still work. Others, however, like the Toronto Globe and Mail and the New York Times, only archive their content for one week or require a fee to retrieve archived content. So, unfortunately, many of these links in the GLIN archive become broken/irretrievable after a day, week or month.

In over your head: a 3-step process that can save your life
WSBT-TV - Michigan City, IN (5/19)
There are several types of currents on Lake Michigan that develop near shore. Two are responsible for the most incidents: rip currents and structural currents.
Gondolas proposed for Outer Harbor
WGRZ-TV - Buffalo, NY (5/18)
In Buffalo, N.Y., the Citizens for Regional Transit group and the Creative Urban projects firm proposed a new gondola system that would provide scenic panoramas of the Buffalo River and Lake Erie.
Spring is best time to check out shipwrecks in Lake Michigan
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (5/15)
Lake Michigan has several submerged shipwrecks that are in ideal waters for divers. This spring, conditions are close to perfect for studying the lake's maritime past.
Jean Michel Cousteau talks invasive carp in the Great Lakes during event at The Henry Ford
The Press and Guide (5/14)
After a recent screening of his newest film in Dearborn, Mich., Jean Michel Cousteau met with event attendees and discussed topics such as Asian carp in the Great Lakes.
Groups try to keep trout population strong in area waterways
CTV News - Barrie, ON (5/13)
A research vessel operated by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry was loaded with more than 30,000 small lake trout to be released in Georgian Bay near Craigleith, Ont.
Door County wetlands garner international recognition
WLUK-TV - Green Bay, WI (5/13)
The Ramsar Convention, a worldwide wetlands protection organization, recently recognized the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands near Baileys Harbor, Wis., as "internationally significant."
Investigating Line 5
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (5/13)
The pipelines that run under the Straits of Mackinac, owned by Enbridge, have been there since 1953. The company says the pipelines are in pristine condition, but environmental groups worry about their age.
WISN Milwaukee (5/12)
The city of Waukesha’s water manager said the quantity and quality of their water is nearing a crisis level.
Lighthouse records now online, shedding light on West Michigan history
WWMT-TV - Kalamazoo, MI (5/11)
Records from the lighthouse keeper in South Haven, Mich., sat unopened on a shelf for decades, but now Western Michigan University has posted them online for the world to see.
Montreal teenager starts petition to ban microbeads in Quebec
CTV News - Montreal, QC (5/8)
A high school student saw that Ontario, Illinois and other states in the U.S. are trying to ban microbeads, and she figured Quebec should follow suit.
High water leaves little room for beaches
WPBN-WTOM-TV - Traverse City, MI (5/8)
Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are 4 inches above their long term average, going back to 1918. Some are concerned the higher water could impact business along the Lake Michigan shoreline this summer.
Waterfront Safety Task Force back in action
WJMN-TV - Marquette, MI (5/7)
In Marquette, Mich., the Waterfront Safety Task Force dissolved in 2011, but the original members decided to reinstate the group this year to tackle new challenges.
The forgotten, crucial battle in the War of 1812: Sackets Harbor
Time Warner Cable News (5/2)
During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor, N.Y., was important because it was truly the only location where the Americans could operate a naval force on Lake Ontario.
Beauty and business in the North Country along the St. Lawrence Seaway
Time Warner Cable News (5/2)
A few years after World War II, a long-talked-about Canada-U.S. shared seaway system expansion, with locks and channels that would allow larger ships to transport from the Great Lakes to Montreal, was born.
The early days of the 1000 Islands
Time Warner Cable News (5/2)
The 1000 Islands is home to some of the most beautiful views in all of New York. Long ago, those views could only be enjoyed by the very rich.
Cold winters raise waters on Green Bay and improve fish stocks
WFRV - Green Bay, WI (5/1)
Recent snowy or frigid winters are making the fishing better in and around Green Bay, Wis., because sport fish are finding new spawning areas.
Governor General boards Shiprider in Detroit
CTV-TV - Windsor, ON (4/30)
Governor General of Canada David Johnston was in Detroit learning about the Shiprider program, a cross-border law enforcement program where Canadian and American officers work on the same vessel, patrolling the waterways.
Decision coming on nuclear waste
CTV-TV - London, ON (4/29)
A decision on Ontario Power Generation burying nuclear was near Lake Huron is expected by next week.
Is this invasive plant a threat to Michigan's wildlife?
WDIV-TV - Detroit, MI (4/28)
Phragmites' dense weeds are hard to fight. They are a common reed, a perennial and wetland grass that can grow to 15 feet in height.
High-demand buoys back on Lake Michigan
WOOD-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (4/28)
As the weather turns warmer, demand is high for the return of weather buoys on Lake Michigan. These transmit current weather conditions on the lake to a website anyone can access.
Snowfall helps Lake Michigan’s water level rebound from historic low in January 2013
Fox 6-TV - Milwaukee, WI (4/26)
Lake Michigan’s water level has officially rebounded from its historic low in January 2013 and according to the National Weather Service, the average water level reached just over 579 feet in March.
Biologists treat local waters for parasitic fish
WJET- Erie, PA (4/24)
Since the 1800s, sea lampreys have been feeding on the fish of the Great Lakes, filling our local creeks and stream. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission continues to fight the lampreys by treating waters with lampricide.
2015 Lake Michigan lighthouse map goes live online
WWMT-TV - Kalamazoo, MI (4/23)
While waiting for it to warm up outside, you can start planning your summer trip to Lake Michigan's lighthouses with the new 2015 Lake Michigan Lighthouse Map.
Survivors, victims' families fight for increased Lake Michigan water safety
The Times of Northwest Indiana (4/22)
Advocates for water safety say increased attention needs to be directed at open water swim training, and to closing Great Lakes beaches to swimmers on days when waves and rip currents present dangers.
Fond du Lac band helps restore Lake Sturgeon population
KBJR-TV - Superior, WI (4/22)
Lake sturgeon are considered to be one of the most unique fish on the Great Lakes, and they became almost nonexistent in the 1970s.
Six wind turbines planned in Lake Erie
WJET-TV - Erie, PA (4/22)
There's a plan to erect six giant wind turbines in Lake Erie off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio. Erie County now joins other lakefront municipalities in northeastern Ohio that endorse the plan.
Tour protesting Enbridge pipeline makes stop in Harbor Springs
7&4 News - Grand Traverse, MI (4/16)
A tour making its way through the Midwest protesting Enbridge pipelines made a stop in Emmet County where the speakers specifically called for the decommission of line 5 of the pipeline which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
Thousands of Coho Salmon Released Into Lake Michigan
9&10 News - Cadillac, MI (4/16)
Hundreds of thousands of coho salmon were released into Lake Michigan and the Platte River.
First saltie of season arrives in Twin Ports
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (4/13)
The first oceangoing vessel of the 2015 shipping season pulled into the Port of Duluth-Superior after making the 2,342-mile journey through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes.
Feds report improvements at Palisades nuclear plant, but say there's still more work to do
WMAQ-TV - Chicago, IL (4/13)
An aging nuclear power plant that once leaked into Chicago’s main source of drinking water has received an improved report card, although the plant remains a source of controversy.
New bill would protect Great Lakes from threat of Canadian nuclear waste
WXYZ -TV - Detroit, MI (4/10)
A new bill from Mich. Congressman Dan Kildee is aiming to make sure a proposed Canadian nuclear site doesn't threaten the Great Lakes.
Shore of Chequamegon Bay redevelopment in planning stages
KQDS-TV - Washburn, WI (4/9)
City officials in Washburn, Wis., are in the early stages of redeveloping the 30 acres of land along Chequamegon Bay.
Rainbow trout fishing part of Vermillion River's revival
KARE-TV - Minneapolis, MN (4/9)
It has taken decades of work to improve the water quality of Minnesota's Vermillion River. Efforts are paying off, allowing anglers to reel in trout.
Duluth Aquarium seeks funding to expand
KQDS-TV - Duluth, MN (4/9)
The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minn., is asking for $75,000 from the city's surplus tourism tax fund to finish construction on their new Discovery Center.
Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes
Cranbrook Institute of Science (4/7)
A panel regarding Great Lakes plastic pollution, beach cleanup programs, and more was recently presented by several environmental organizations at Michigan's Cranbrook Institute of Science.
Hook and hunting: trout planting
9&10 News - Cadillac, MI (4/2)
A Northern Michigan fishing organization is helping to bring brown trout back to the area.
Senator Debbie Stabenow talks Great Lakes importance at CMU
WPBN-WTOM-TV - Traverse City, MI (4/2)
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow was at Central Michigan University to talk about an issue she is fighting for in Washington.
Great Lakes water levels expected to rise
WDIV-TV - Detroit, MI (4/2)
With some lakes expected to see levels rise a full foot, the Army Corps of Engineers says we can expect to see the highest lake levels in years.
Lake Erie Waterkeeper has reservations about Clean Lake Erie Act, to be signed Thursday
Toledo News Now (4/1)
The director of Lake Erie Waterkeeper says there are holes in the Clean Lake Erie Act, in the form of exemptions that don't make sense.
Wind blows Lake Michigan ice on lakeshore, creates large formation
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (4/1)
As warmer air blows across Lake Michigan, ice covering it starts to break up into large chunks.
Lake Huron Discovery Tour preparation
WBKB-TV - Alpena, MI (4/1)
Preparation has begun for this year's Lake Huron Discovery Tour that will highlight arts and culture in cities from Standish to Mackinaw City, Mich., during Columbus Day weekend.
Playing iceberg golf on Lake Michigan
WILX-TV - Lansing, MI (4/1)
While March weather kept many Michiganders inside, a few residents chose to venture outdoors to partake in a new sport on Lake Michigan: iceberg golf.
Drone captures ice breaking up on Lake Michigan
WILX-TV - Lansing, MI (3/25)
Drones are giving us a new perspective of the ice melting on Lake Michigan, and of the ice breaking along the shore in Grand Haven, Mich.
Lake Superior pilot captures video of 'loneliest' lighthouse in the world
MLive (3/25)
The Stannard Rock Light in Lake Superior, a remote lighthouse built on a reef 24 miles from the eastern shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, has long been known as the "loneliest place in the world."
Ice shoves ashore from Lake St. Clair, Michigan
The Weather Channel (3/25)
Ice shoves occur when wind and currents push free-floating ice onshore. The first slabs or blocks of ice will slow down once reaching land, creating a traffic jam of ice piling behind and on top.
See what it's like to go ice breaking with the Cleveland Coast Guard on frozen Lake Erie
WEWS-TV - Cleveland, OH (3/23)
The ice on the Great Lakes has different textures and temperaments. It can be smooth or jagged, and sometimes both are just yards apart.
Hundreds of anglers hit the Fox River as walleye action heats up
WGBA-TV - Green Bay, WI (3/22)
In Wisconsin, it's the pursuit of the popular, and tasty, game fish known as the walleye that has put the Fox River on the state's map for early season sport fishing.
Coast Guard welcomes spring by breaking up Great Lakes ice
The Associated Press (3/20)
The U.S. Coast Guard is welcoming spring by breaking up ice that remains on some Great Lakes shipping channels.
Great Lakes buoy to new heights after 15 years of low water levels
The Christian Science Monitor (3/20)
After 15 years of below-average water levels, lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron are now well above normal.
Hook and hunting: DNR considers new lake trout regulations
9&10 News - Cadillac, MI (3/19)
The Michigan DNR is considering new lake trout regulations that would reduce the amount of catchable lake trout from three fish to two in some areas.
Lake Erie ice thickness flight
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (3/19)
IJC’s International Niagara Board of Control monitors the operation of the Chippawa-Grass Island Pool above Niagara Falls and also oversees the installation and removal of the ice boom.
Plastic pieces wash up on shoreline
WPBN-WTOM-TV - Traverse City, MI (3/17)
Strong winds may be to blame for pushing pieces of plastic on shore near Good Harbor Bay in Leelanau County, Mich.
As snow melts, ice shelf becomes dangerous on Lake Michigan
WSBT-TV - Michigan City, IN (3/16)
The snow has melted across much of the Michigan City, Ind., area, and the ice cover continues to recede on Lake Michigan.
Lake Superior ice yields to "King of the Waters"
Duluth News Tribune (3/13)
Out alone on Lake Superior, plowing a path through blankets of ice that can halt freighters five times its size, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alder, the "King of the Waters," lived up to its name.
Residents brace for flooding as spring comes to Ohio's frozen Vermilion River
NBC News (3/13)
Residents are bracing for the melting of a thick layer of ice and snow — and the flooding that comes with it.
Microbeads getting macro attention at Minnesota Capitol
KMSP-TV - Minnesota, MN (3/11)
At the Minnesota Capitol, bills are advancing through the House and Senate to ban microbeads from products sold in Minnesota, especially since research shows the little bits of plastic are ending up in the Great Lakes.
Woman speed skates on Lake Michigan
WILX-TV - Lansing, MI (3/10)
An ice-covered Lake Michigan became a skating rink of sorts last week, and a member of the West Michigan Speed Skating Club tested the frozen waters off the coast of Grand Haven.
Warmer weather thawing Great Lakes
WJMN-TV - Escanaba, MI (3/10)
The U.S. Coast Guard is urging people to use caution on Great Lakes waterways due to warmer temperatures and unstable ice. The warning specifically mentions Lake Superior and the northern parts of Lake Michigan.
Ice on Lake Huron clear to surface
WXYZ Detroit (3/7)
The video shows Lake Huron frozen clear to the surface.
Take a dip for a new museum
WPBN-WTOM-TV - Traverse City, MI (3/5)
Going for a swim in Lake Michigan later this month will help raise money for a new maritime museum that will celebrate the connection of Ludington, Mich., and the Great Lakes.
Lake Superior State University plans aquatic lab extension
WPBN-WTOM-TV - Traverse City, MI (3/5)
In Sault St. Marie, Mich., Lake Superior State University is planning a twelve million dollar extension of their aquatic research lab.
Ice fish on East Grand Traverse Bay
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (3/5)
On Lake Michigan's frozen Grand Traverse Bay, a first-timer learns the ins and outs of ice fishing while taking a guided fishing tour.
Video surfaces of Eastland disaster
WFLD-TV - Chicago, IL (3/2)
A new video has surfaced that shows graphic scenes from the sinking of the S.S. Eastland in the Chicago River a hundred years ago.
Ice buildup on Great Lakes higher than normal
WZZM-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (3/1)
Ice cover on the Great Lakes has surpassed last year's levels due to frigid temperatures and a below average summer.
Ship trapped on frozen Great Lakes
CNN (2/27)
U.S. Coast Guard vessels break ice to make way for trapped ships on the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes. Great Impact.
The Joyce Foundation (2/24)
Information about the impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Ice caves forming on Lake Michigan
WPBN-TV - South Bend, IN (2/23)
According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, the Great Lakes are now more than 85 percent iced over, and ice caves are forming on Lake Michigan.
Diving ducks struggle to find open water
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (2/23)
It's been a cold February for everyone, including vulnerable animals seeking refuge. Ducks are huddled on the Milwaukee River, searching for food. Without open water, they can't fly and could die.
Restoration campaign needs $300K for iconic South Haven lighthouse
WXMI-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (2/23)
It’s an iconic landmark along Michigan’s lakeshore, but the red South Haven lighthouse that has been on Lake Michigan since 1903 is in need of some big repairs.
Partially frozen Niagara Falls a hot spot for tourists
WTKR-TV - Norfolk, VA (2/20)
Ice has suddenly blossomed across the Great Lakes, and for the first time in (not quite) forever, Niagara Falls looks pretty much frozen, too.
Lake Michigan's ice caves return
NBC News (2/20)
A recent blast of frigid weather brings ice caves back to the shores of Lake Michigan.
The story of White Lake
Great Lakes. Great Impact. (2/20)
In Michigan, White Lake was once considered a toxic hotspot after decades of industrial contamination. But now, thanks in part to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the lake is cleaned up and local businesses are thriving.
Clinton River Watershed Council discusses watershed, fisheries
The Voice (2/19)
A watershed ecologist led the Clinton River Watershed Council's "'Reel' Time: An Overview of the Paint Creek and Stony Creek Fisheries" talk at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion, Mich.
Don't dump that fish
Swan River Trust (3/13)
Small, ornamental fish common in the freshwater aquarium trade cause big problems in our waterways, establishing feral populations and causing significant environmental harm.
Visitors brave the cold to see Lake Michigan
WZZM 13-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (2/12)
Tourism officials say the beauty of Lake Michigan in the winter is drawing visitors to Holland, Mich., from around the Midwest and even from warmer climates.
Guardian angels of Lake Michigan: See the U.S. Coast Guard like never before
Fox 6 - Milwaukee, WI (2/12)
A Milwaukee-based Coast Guard crew let FOX6 News tag along on a recent training day. While actual ice rescues are rare in these parts — maybe a few a year — crews drill almost daily, preparing for the wide variety of emergencies they might face.
Low snowfall impacting Lake Superior
Fox 21-TV - Duluth, MN (2/12)
This winter’s relatively snowfall has caused Lake Superior’s water levels to drop a bit.
Killer shrimp on the way to Lake Michigan?
WDJT-TV - Milwaukee, WI (2/11)
A report from CBS News quotes the Journal of Great Lakes Research, suggesting that Dikerogammarus Villosus, also known as "killer shrimp," could be the next invasive species to take over Lake Michigan.
Company pushes plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron
WXYZ-TV - Detroit, MI (2/11)
More than a decade ago, Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, started looking for a place to permanently store Ontario's nuclear waste. The waste currently sits above ground, at a facility near Kincardine, Ontario.
Beautiful Lake Michigan ice formations can be dangerous
TMJ-4 (Milwaukee, WI) (2/5)
Authorities are warning people to stay away from the ice formations on Lake Michigan.
Surfing and paddleboarding on an icy Lake Michigan
WXMI-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (2/4)
Some adventurous people set out to enjoy Lake Michigan in the middle of winter, and they've updated their amazing video of their paddleboarding adventures on the icy lake.
Local breweries create Lake Erie Ale Trail
YourErie (2/4)
Four local breweries are looking to put Erie, Pa., on the map as a craft beer destination by creating a Lake Erie Ale Trail.
Daredevil duo is the first to scale Niagara Falls
BBC (2/3)
Last week, two daredevil Canadian climbers, Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken, attempted the impossible: scaling Niagara’s 51m-high, frozen falls. And it only took them just under an hour to do it.
Pair of ice climbers are first to ascend frozen Niagara Falls
National Geographic (1/29)
Nine daredevils have gone over Niagara Falls in barrels and lived to tell the tale. This week, two ice climbers became the first to reverse the trip.
Ice-cutting operations include helping to clear path for Harsens Island ferry
The Voice (1/29)
After U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard cutters combined efforts in the St. Clair River to re-establish current and ice flow, the USCG cutter Mackinaw remained overnight in the North Channel to assist the Harsens Island ferry in resuming service.
Preventing Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes
WSYM-TV - Lansing, MI (1/27)
Mich. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is expressing concern about Asian carp, and wants to stop the invasive fish before it becomes a major issue in the Great Lakes.
WLSSD requests mercury variance in wastewater permit renewal
Northland's News Center (1/27)
The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is in the process of renewing its wastewater permit, and requesting a variance for more time to meet mercury discharge standards.
Surf's up! Lake Superior surfers catch winter waves
Northland's News Center (1/26)
Every now and again, winds kick up and create what some would call "killer waves" on Lake Superior. Some brave souls are taking part in a sport you wouldn't expect to find in Duluth in late January.
Great Lakes Crossing Welcomes Largest Michigan Aquarium
Orion Neighborhood Television (1/22)
ONTV's, Katie Ciaramitaro, attended a media preview event at Great Lakes Crossing where they welcomed SEA LIFE, Michigan's largest aquarium that will open to the public on Thursday January 29th.
Two sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario
WKBW- Buffalo, NY (1/22)
A team of shipwreck hunters say they've found two 19th-century canal boats on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery since such vessels typically weren't used on open water.
Local officials warn of unsafe ice conditions on Lake Erie
Monroe News (1/21)
There may be ice on Lake Erie, but local officials are warning that it’s not really safe.
New training for Lake Ontario ice rescues
WHAM-TV, Greece, NY (1/21)
Firefighters are training for dangerous Lake Ontario ice rescues.
Rising Lake Michigan water level ‘unprecedented’
WOOD-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (1/21)
In January 2013, Lake Michigan hit its lowest water mark ever. Just two years later, the big lake has seen what some are calling an unparalleled turnaround.
Last laker of 2014 shipping season arrives in Twin Ports
Northlands News Center (1/20)
The 2014 shipping season has officially closed. The John G. Munson, the last laker of the season, arrived in the Twin Ports just before 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Oil by rail through Montreal
Global News (1/13)
People living along train tracks in Montreal, Quebec are increasingly worried about crude oil being transported through their towns, and many are insisting that pipelines may be a safer solution.
Ice breakers continue to make paths for freighters
WGTU-TV - Traverse City, MI (1/14)
The U.S. Coast Guard's ice breakers are making the way for freighters through the St. Clair River.
Ice monster of southwest Michigan: The Saint Joseph Lighthouse
WILX-TV - Lansing, MI (1/13)
The lighthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., is covered in layers of ice. Literally overnight, the light and catwalk can transform into an icy monster.
Lighthouse Forever Fund nearing campaign goal
WNDU-TV - South Bend, IN (1/12)
The city of St. Joseph, Mich., is one step closer to restoring a city landmark. The Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee will present its fundraising campaign and its recommendations for the future to the City Commission.
Michigan business donates thousands of dollars to help combat Lake Erie's algae problem
Toledo News Now (1/12)
Michigan company Manheim Detroit donated $12,500 to the Lake Erie Waterkeeper to help keep up with water testing and water education.
Soo Locks give down-bound ships 24 hour extension
WWTV - Cadillac, MI (1/12)
Down-bound ships that need to pass through the Soo Locks this week got a much needed extension.

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