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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.

88-story skyscraper to be built by Chinese developers at Chicago's Lakeshore East
WLS-TV - Chicago, IL (12/18)
A new, 88-story skyscraper south of the Chicago River near Lake Michigan is the largest-ever real estate investment by a Chinese company in Chicago and one of the largest in the U.S.
New York bans fracking after health report
Reuters (12/17)
New York state will ban hydraulic fracturing after a long-awaited report concluded that the oil and gas extraction method poses health risks.
Seen along Green Bay: Ice volcanoes
Green Bay Press Gazette (12/16)
This ice volcano video was shot recently along Green Bay by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Ice boom to be installed in Niagara River
WIVB-TV - Buffalo, NY (12/15)
The ice boom is going in the Niagara River, before months of cold weather in Buffalo.
Lake Michigan water level: “I’ve never seen the water come up that much, that fast”
Fox 17 - Grand Rapids, MI (12/15)
Record breaking water levels in Lake Michigan are swallowing local beaches and creating problems for local marinas. The water is up several feet since this time last year.
Great Lakes on record-breaking water level rebound
WZZM-TV - Muskegon, MI (12/11)
After a record low point in January 2013, Lakes Michigan and Huron have gone on a record-breaking rebound.
Lake Erie could gain "National Maritime Sanctuary" title
WJET- Erie, PA (12/9)
For the first time in 20 years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has re-established a process allowing the public to nominate significant maritime and Great Lakes areas as potential new national sanctuaries.
Shoreline owners hold meeting over lake water levels
WROC-TV - Rochester, NY (12/8)
Lake Ontario shoreline owners held a meeting in Rochester, N.Y., to discuss whether or not lake water levels should be raised
Those who depend on Lake Superior fisheries helping shape next 10 years of fishing
Northland News Center (12/7)
Dozens of stakeholders in the Lake Superior fishery in Minnesota held a kick-off meeting to discuss fishery management.
Sea Grant working on shoreline damage predictions
WWNY-TV - Watertown, NY (12/3)
The New York Sea Grant is working with the Northeast Regional Climate Center to help predict what kinds of storms cause damage along Lake Ontario.
Toledo visitor bureaus say protecting Lake Erie will save the economy
Toledo News Now (12/3)
The Lake Erie Improvement Association discusses the future of the lake and the businesses along it.
The hidden resource
IGRAC (12/2)
Although 50% of the world's population depends on groundwater for their daily needs, it still remains a "hidden resource."
Beach survey checking for erosion at Presque Isle
WICU-TV - Erie, PA (12/2)
It was cold but clear for today's annual fall survey of Presque Isle beaches.
Endangered belugas: Cacouna oil terminal unlikely
CTV-TV - Montreal, QC (12/2)
Plans to change the status of the beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River to ‘endangered’ has serious consequences for a planned oil terminal in Cacouna, Quebec.
Shipwreck alley
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (12/2)
Underwater archaeologists share their thoughts and stories about one of the largest underwater collections of shipwrecks in the world.
Officials look at replacing Bay Bridge with another year-round option
WHEC-TV - Rochester, NY (12/1)
Officials are looking at an idea to make the Irondequoit Bay Outlet Bridge in New York open to cars and boats year round.
Dredging project proposal submitted to Michigan D.E.Q.
WLUC-TV - Nagaunee, MI (11/30)
A new five-year dredging project is being proposed for approximately 20 acres on the shores of Lake Superior in the village of Gay in Keweenaw County.
Minnesota Brewery Makes IPA From Zebra Mussels
WCCO-TV - Minneapolis, MN (11/22)
Zebra mussels have gotten a bad rap for invading area lakes. Now, a Minnesota brewery is putting the invasive species to good use!
Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority Panel discussion and forum
International Joint Commission (11/25)
The International Joint Commission recently held a Harmful Algal Blooms Public Forum at the Leamington Municipal Complex in Leamington, Ont.
Climate change effects upon Great Lakes water resources
Metcalf Institute (11/24)
A Great Lakes research scientist recently discussed the effects of climate changes on the Great Lakes’ water resources at Metcalf Institute's Climate Change and the News: Impacts in the Great Lakes seminar.
Detroit's Belle Isle under a light coating of snow
WXYZ -TV - Detroit, MI (11/21)
Detroit's Belle Isle was looking beautiful as a light dusting of snow coated the park earlier this week, surrounded by an icy Detroit River.
Feds probe Great Lakes commercial fishing
WBKB-TV - Ishpeming, MI (11/20)
A two-year federal undercover operation into illegal fishing on Lake Superior has resulted in a series of recent raids.
The Lake Huron risk - an investigation update
WJRT-TV - Flint, MI (11/20)
Officials appear to be closing in on a decision on whether to allow construction of an underground nuclear waste dump near the Canadian Lake Huron shoreline.
Avon Lake makes changes to prevent water intake lines from freezing shut
WEWS-TV - Cleveland, OH (11/20)
During the record-breaking cold weather last January, Ohio's Avon Lake water intake pipes located 2,000 feet out in Lake Erie froze shut, cutting the water supply to people from Avon Lake to Medina.
Unfiltered water pouring into Lake Michigan from storm drains causing concern
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (11/17)
Lake Michigan's water looks refreshing, but some areas of the lake could create illness instead of quenching thirst.
Resources within the National Marine Sanctuary
WBKB 11-TV - Alpena, MI (11/14)
The National Marine Sanctuary does a lot of work within our Great Lakes, from shipwreck research to weather monitoring, and even education outreach.
Deer Lake gets delisted
WLUC TV6 - Negaunee, MI (11/13)
Deer Lake in Ishpeming, Mich. is no longer an area of concern for toxic contamination.
Marquette, Mich. historian talks about the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald
ABC 10 UP - Marquette, MI (11/13)
Marquette historian Fred Stonehouse gave a presentation on the sinking of the ship to the Marquette Beautification Committee Thursday.
Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior
WSYM-TV - Lansing, MI (11/10)
November marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and the loss of her entire crew of 29, in a storm on Lake Superior.
The White Hurricane: The worst storm in Great Lakes history
The Weather Network (11/8)
The Great Storm of 1913, known as the ‘White Hurricane’, struck the Great Lakes 101 years ago.
Regulatory and non-regulatory measures to reduce loadings from Ontario watersheds
International Joint Commission (11/8)
A video from the International Joint Commission explains the harmful algal bloom problems on Lake Erie and recommendations to address them.
Edmund Fitzgerald sinking on Lake Superior remembered
Net News Ledger (11/7)
November 10th marks the thirty-ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Pearl Beach, Harsens Island, and Chrysler Beach with Rep. Miller
Rep. Candice Miller (11/7)
Mich. Rep. Candice Miller discusses Pearl Beach; invasive species and hunting on Harsens Island; and restoration at Chrysler Beach.
Hundreds turn out for public forum on oil pipeline expansion
WKOW-TV - Madison, WI (11/6)
A Canadian oil company is expanding a pipeline that runs through Wisconsin, but many who live near it are not on board with the project.
Deadliest month for ships on the Great Lakes
WBKB-TV - Alpena, MI (11/5)
November is known as the deadliest month for ships on the Great Lakes. Some of the most famous shipwrecks have happened due to the sudden storms that tend to happen in November.
Invasive species under attack at Upper Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference
WLUC-TV - Negaunee, MI (11/4)
Invasive species were under the microscope during Tuesday's Upper Great Lakes Invasive Species Conference.
TransCanada formally applies to NEB for Energy East pipeline approval
CBC News (10/30)
TransCanada has officially filed for government approval for the $12 billion Energy East pipeline project with the National Energy Board.
Lac-Megantic: Lisa Raitt announces rail safety rules based on crash findings
CBC News (10/29)
New requirements for hand brakes and other safety devices to ensure parked trains stay put are among the changes Transport Canada will enforce in response to the 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
Marine manufacturing remains vital in Wisconsin
Green Bay Press-Gazette (10/28)
Wisconsin is far from any ocean, but it remains a significant player in marine manufacturing.
Learn about your Great Lakes at Kent State's Water Research Symposium
Cool Cleveland (10/28)
Kent State University, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and the Cleveland Water Alliance are partnering up for their second annual Water Research Symposium.
Toledo taking steps to prepare for next summer's algae
Toledo News Now (10/27)
The harmful algal blooms are slowly disappearing in Lake Erie due to the cooler weather. With the blooms gone, the water in Toledo, Ohio, is safe – but what will happen when they return next summer?
DTE Energy dive team measure our impact on the environment
WJBK-TV - Detroit, MI (10/22)
One activity DTE divers perform is monitoring the native mussel population in western Lake Erie.
Neighbors say Lake Erie cribs light needs repair
Fox 66 - Erie, PA (10/21)
Neighbors near the old Sunoco Cribs on Lake Erie say the light on the cribs is burned out and poses a danger to boaters.
Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (10/20)
A summary of the activities students enjoy through the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.
Experts desperate to keep flying carp out of Great Lakes
NBC Nightly News (10/17)
Reproducing by the millions and eating many of the native species, there are more flying carp in the Illinois River than anywhere else in the world.
Robert Kennedy Jr. in Milwaukee to talk about water quality
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (10/16)
Robert Kennedy Jr. says the water quality in Milwaukee, Wis., is a problem. He visited this week to discuss the water challenges faced by the city.
Invasive species experts say recent jellyfish sighting is not a rare occurrence in Wisconsin lakes
WKOW-TV - Madison, WI (10/15)
Video of a recent jellyfish sighting at Spencer Lake in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, has many curious about this invasive creature.
What one Illinois plant is doing about the Asian Carp invasion may surprise you
WGN-TV - Chicago, IL (10/14)
Illinois is getting more help from the private sector in battling the still out-of-control invasion of Asian carp in state waterways. A new plant near St. Louis aims to get rid of the fish faster, and is churning out products people want.
Volunteers work to save Great Lakes wetlands
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (10/14)
Volunteers in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, are working hard to plant native plants in order to help save southeast Wisconsin wetlands.
St. Peter shipwreck in Lake Ontario
Tyler Baldino (10/12)
The St. Peter sank during a violent storm on Oct. 27, 1898. It was carrying coal from Oswego, N.Y., to Toledo, Ohio, when it was struck with winds of 70 miles per hour.
7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell: Kirsten Ellenbogen
WKYC-TV - Cleveland, OH (10/11)
A visit to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and this fall's new exhibits.
Local steelhead's acrobatic leaps
GoErie (10/9)
Lake Erie's tributary streams, both big and small, receive an annual run of migratory rainbow trout called "steelhead."
Lake Michigan water level still rising
WZZM-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (10/9)
Lake Michigan's water level is doing something very rare for this time of the year: still very slowly going up.
Muskegon Lake getting more attention from NOAA
WZZM 13-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (10/9)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is planning to spend more time and effort making Muskegon Lake, Mich., a better place for animals and people.
Great Lakes lighthouse festival
WBKB-TV - Alpena, MI (10/8)
The weekend of Oct. 10 marks the 19th annual Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival in Alpena, Mich.
GM Renaissance Center is landfill free and composting
WJBK-TV - Detroit, MI (10/8)
In Detroit, Mich., the Renaissance Center complex is landfill-free, composting, and making use of a rooftop garden to grow vegetables.
Reporter tours some Michigan lighthouses
WDIV-TV - Detroit, MI (10/7)
Dotting Michigan's shoreline are many unique lighthouses, and taking a tour of some of these historic structures is a fun way to learn more about the history of the Great Lakes.
Questing is a great way to discover the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
ABC5-TV - Cleveland, OH (10/3)
If you are interested in an exciting adventure in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, I suggest you sign up to go questing.
Students studying contaminated creek
WIVB - Buffalo, NY (10/7)
Dozens of students in Niagara County are determined to see what’s in the water of Eighteenmile Creek.
Mysterious waterfalls - where does the water go?
NBC News (10/2)
The Devil's Kettle Waterfalls, along Minnesota's North shore on Lake Superior, has kept folks baffled as to where all the water goes. The Weather Channel's Mike Bettes reports.
Commission seeks to slash phosporus flowing into Lake Erie
Associated Press (10/2)
The toxins that contaminated the drinking water supply of 400,000 people in Ohio didn't just suddenly appear. Water plant operators along western Lake Erie have long been worried about this.
Flood-damaged trail reopens in Duluth
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (10/1)
The record-breaking flooding of 2012 damaged many of Duluth's creeks and trails, including the Miller Creek Interpretive Trail on the Lake Superior College campus that was reopened this week.
High water levels on Lake Michigan bring potential danger this fall
WSBT-TV - Michigan City, IN (10/1)
According to the National Weather Service, Lake Michigan's water level is higher than it's been in 15 years and, as a result, waves are more easily able to breach the pier during stormy conditions making them incredibly dangerous.
Underwater footage of steamer in Lake Ontario's western shore
Daniel Scoville (9/30)
The Nisbet Grammer sunk in May 1926 after colliding with another ship in the fog on Lake Ontario. The Nisbet Grammer was found in August 2014 by a team of shipwreck enthusiasts.
Team passionate about shipwrecks studying zebra mussels on Whaleback in Lake Superior
KBJR-TV - Duluth, MN (9/29)
A nonprofit with a passion for the preservation of historic Great Lakes shipwrecks took part in the latest installment of a five-year research project on Lake Superior.
Robotic fish to "stalk" live fish in the Great Lakes
WILX-TV - Lansing, MI (9/29)
Michigan State University will be using a $1M grant from the National Science Foundation to develop robotic fish technology for "stalking" fish of interest in the Great Lakes.
Preserving history one shipwreck at a time: S.S. Mataafa
Northlands News Center (9/25)
he Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (GLSPS) has returned the rudder from the S.S. Mataafa to the bottom of Lake Superior, northeast of the Duluth Ship Canal in Minnesota.
Climate change studies focus on water
NBC 4 - Columbus, OH (9/25)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a new plan Wednesday to help Great Lakes waterways in an effort to reduce the growth of toxic blue-green algae blooms in Lake Erie and improve overall water quality.
The dirty truth: cosmetic microbeads contaminating Great Lakes.
Global News (9/23)
Researchers say tiny, plastic microbeads in beauty products are contaminating the Great Lakes.
Going Green: Local teacher studies problems in Lake Erie
WFFT - Fort Wayne, Ind. (9/23)
A local teacher from Huntington who along with other teachers and scientists, teamed up to study the problems plaguing the water in Lake Erie.
DNR works to improve Green Bay water quality
WBAY-TV - Green Bay, WI (9/16)
Oxygen-deprived, green water fills Wisconsin's Bay of Green Bay and the lower Fox River as an estimated $800 million project continues to rid the Fox River of PCB pollutants. Experts say the focus needs to shift to what is being done on land.
Underwater mystery solved: Crews make surprising discovery in Lake Erie
WJW-TV - Cleveland, OH (9/16)
Since its discovery in 1992, the wreckage of a schooner 20 miles north of Cleveland, Ohio, in Lake Erie has never been positively identified.
Mayor Collins asking city council to approve a no interest loan from the Ohio EPA
Toledo News Now (9/16)
The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, wants to spend $400 million on improvements to the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant. He's also asking city council to approve an application for a loan from the Ohio EPA's water supply revolving loan account.
Crude oil shipping on the Great Lakes
Detroit Public TV (9/16)
A recent workshop engaged the Great Lakes community regarding whether to allow increased oil shipping on the Great Lakes, and if allowed, how to protect our waters and our communities.
Valuing the Great Lakes
Detroit Public TV (9/16)
A recent presentation at the Great Lakes Restoration conference summarized approaches to valuing the Great Lakes, including the spatial distribution of recreational benefits, along with the economic impact for tourism sectors.
Keeping the Asian carp out of Lake Erie
WKYC-TV - Cleveland, OH (9/15)
A reporter was invited to Monroe, Mich., to see efforts by the Great Lakes Asian Carp Response Team to keep the invasive fish out of Lake Erie. Scientists believe the fish could devastate the lake's ecosystem and economic health.
Breakwater, pier currents can be dangerous
WOOD-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (9/11)
Most incidents in the Great Lakes where someone has drowned or needed to be rescued happen near a structure like a breakwater or pier, the National Weather Service says.
How does cool weather impact fall colors?
WLUK-TV - Green Bay, WI (9/11)
A few trees are already showing some fall color, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the best colors will come earlier than normal this year.
How drones could limit fertilizer flow into Lake Erie
PBS NewsHour (9/9)
A toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie this summer left the city of Toledo, Ohio, without drinking water for three days. Now environmentalists and farmers are working to prevent future blooms by evaluating fertilizer use in hopes of cutting excess runoff.
Local officials announce Great Lakes Water Authority for Detroit
WXYZ-TV - Detroit, MI (9/9)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and county executives L. Brooks Patterson, Robert Ficano and Mark Hackel have come to an agreement on a new water authority to serve southeastern Michigan.
Port of Green Bay excited about higher water levels
NBC 26 - Green Bay, WI (9/8)
A wet couple of weeks combined with a high volume of snow and rain over the winter and spring have helped raise water levels in Lake Michigan, and both the Bay and Port of Green Bay, Wis. are deeper, allowing ships to bring in more cargo with fewer trips.
Minnesota to Washington by canoe
Minnesota Public Radio (9/8)
For more than a year, Dave and Amy Freeman of Grand Marais, Minn., have been planning a canoe trip to Washington, D.C., as a way to call attention to — and protest — plans for copper mining in northeast Minnesota which they say threatens the wilderness.
Invasive Zooplankton in the Great Lakes
Michigan Technological University (9/8)
Professor Charles Kerfoot describes the spiny water flea, an invasive species, and how it's having such a large effect on the Great Lakes.
Revitalizing local waterfront economies: The Great Lakes Legacy Act
Illinois-Indiana and Wisconsin Sea Grant (9/7)
Discover the Great Lakes Legacy act program.
Great Lakes freighter stuck near Straits of Mackinac
WWUP-TV - Traverse City, MI (9/4)
A freighter is stuck in the Round Island passage off of Mackinac Island, Mich. It was carrying iron ore to Indiana when the strong winds pushed it to the channel's muddy, sandy bottom.
Ohio State scientists study runoff to stop toxic algae in the Great Lakes
PBS NewsHour (9/4)
How can the Great Lakes recover from agricultural runoff and toxic algae blooms? The EPA announced it will distribute $12 million to educate farmers and improve water quality in the Great Lakes region.
Columbus replica ships sail across Lake Michigan
WSBT-TV - Michigan City, IN (9/3)
The Pinta and the Nina tour together as a sailing museum. They are docked at the port authority Michigan City, Ind., and the public is invited to take a tour.
Great Lakes shipwrecks could soon be part of National Marine Sanctuary
WGBA-TV - Green Bay, WI (9/2)
Four Wisconsin cities are applying to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to have an 875-square-mile area along the Lake Michigan shore designated a National Marine Sanctuary.
Toxic gulls of Quebec
Environmental Health News (9/2)
Flame retardants are the 21st century’s PCBs, and Great Lakes birds still are the victims. These chemicals in the gulls of Deslauriers Island off Montreal are altering their hormones.
This guy gets all offended when you call him "algae"
Michigan Radio (8/28)
Just because we look like plant-scum growing in the water doesn't mean that's what we are.
University of Minnesota Duluth’s Large Lakes Observatory makes a difference
Northland News Center (8/28)
For the past 20 years scientists at UMD’s Large Lakes Observatory have been making a difference as they work to understand how the world’s largest fresh water bodies function.
White Lake rising: Hell-raisers sounded early alarm, workers made later cleanup happen in Muskegon County, Mich.
MLive (8/27)
White Lake activists opposed Hooker Chemical's waste-disposal practices and formed a Public Advisory Council to cleanup the lake after it was listed as a Great Lakes Area of Concern in 1985.
A few minutes with ... a guy fishing by the river
Detroit Free Press (8/25)
Tony Abrego, 27, of Rochester Hills fishes the Detroit River at Riverside Park near the Ambassador Bridge a few times a week.
Residents get hands-on lesson about Maumee River conditions
WTVG 13 ABC - Toledo, OH (8/25)
The Lake Erie Waterkeeper group hosted a tour of the Maumee where participants got a full lesson about the connection between waterways and the negative ways phosphorus sources can feed the bloom.
USDA encouraging farmers to plant cover crops
NBC24 - Toledo, OH (8/25)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $2 million available to Ohio farmers who agree to plant cover crops this fall.
Dragon Boat Festival wraps up successful weekend
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (8/23)
Nearly 100 teams were out on the water at the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Festival in Superior, Wis.
Sen. Phil Pavlov leads outcry against nuclear waste dump
The Voice (8/23)
Sen. Phil Pavlov is asking each community that would be affected by this dump to pass a resolution rejecting its construction and he was at a recent Algonac, Mich., City Council meeting to ask for the council's support.
10 tons of contaminated soil removed from Buffalo River each minute
WIVB - Buffalo, NY (8/21)
All day and all night, a crane lifts about 10 tons of soil from the bottom of the Buffalo River, N.Y.
TSB's Lac-Megantic report
CBC News (8/19)
Transportation Safety Board finds 18 separate factors contributed to the rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec and calls for additional safety measures
Black Rock Lock: 100 years of connecting Lake Erie to Erie Canal
WGRZ-TV - Buffalo, NY (8/17)
The Black Rock Lock, which is the key connection between the Niagara River as it flows out of Lake Erie and into the old Erie Canal, is now 100 years old.

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