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Overview | Great Lakes Video Archive
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.

Rain Ready videos
Rain Ready (7/28)
Rain Ready offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for weather events associated with global climate change. Great Lakes communities are participating to protect water resources.
Asian Carp integrated pest management: Demonstration project on the Illinois River (Trailer)
USGS (7/24)
USGS and partners conducted an integrated pest management project on the Illinois River to determine the effectiveness of combining multiple tools in limiting populations of Asian carp.
Asian Carp integrated pest management: Demonstration project on the Illinois River (Full)
USGS (7/24)
USGS and partners conducted an integrated pest management project on the Illinois River to determine the effectiveness of combining multiple tools in limiting populations of Asian carp.
Monroe County attacks algae at Ontario Beach
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (7/22)
Monroe County, N.Y., broke ground on a project Tuesday that officials hope will curb the algae problem at Ontario Beach Park.
The rivers that run through it: A basin of toxins
The Windsor Star (7/22)
Blooms of blue-green algae spread across Lake Erie late every summer like a plague of slime, the vivid green coating so thick its soup-like texture can be seen from space.
Hundreds celebrate Lake Superior Day
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (7/20)
Lake Superior Day on Barker's Island drew hundreds in Superior, Wis., but organizers with the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve said the same is happening in communities all around the lake.
Diving into the past, part 2
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (7/17)
The famed shipwrecks of Lake Superior are ghostly reminders of our past, especially in the waters surrounding Isle Royale, about 35 miles out from Grand Portage, Minn.
Diving into the past
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (7/16)
Lake Superior shipwrecks fascinate us with their haunting past, as there have been hundreds of vessels swallowed up by the big lake.
Brutal winter lives on -- in icy lake water temperatures
Chicago Tribune (7/15)
Chicago’s brutal winter has left a frigid legacy in Lake Michigan, where the unusually chilly water is proving intimidating to swimmers, beachgoers and everyone but the salmon fishermen.
Climate change in the Great Lakes region
University of Michigan Engineering (7/14)
A research scientist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab says Great Lakes water resources face potential impacts from climate change.
Boat picks up trash from Lake Michigan after heavy rains
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (7/14)
A "trash hunter" boat on Lake Michigan near Milwaukee, Wis., is picking up all the trash and debris left lurking underwater as a result of heavy rains this year.
Sailing crews arrive in Rochester to take on Lake Ontario
Time Warner Cable News (7/14)
Some of the top sailing crews from around the country are in Rochester, N.Y., for the J/70 North American Championships. Eighty-two boats from 21 states and seven countries are participating.
Great Lakes boaters enjoying deep water for first time in years
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (7/14)
Great Lakes boaters are benefiting from this year's higher water levels.
Scientists issue forecast for Lake Erie algae bloom
WNWO-TV - Toledo, OH (7/10)
Scientists forecast a significant algae bloom for Lake Erie this year.
Governor Kasich signs agreement to protect Lake Erie from invasive species
WNWO-TV - Toledo, OH (7/9)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an agreement to protect fish in Lake Erie and to help the industries that depend on the lake.
Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says there is help for those affected by shutoffs
WDIV-TV - Detroit, MI (7/8)
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department says there is help for those who have been tardy with their water bills and had their service subsequently shut off.
CDC warns of lake-related illnesses
WDIV-TV - Detroit, MI (7/7)
Did you bring home more than memories from your long weekend at the lake? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of several illnesses you can get from swimming in contaminated lakes and ponds.
How much sewage is in Lake Ontario? The city doesn’t have to say
Global News (7/7)
In Toronto, Ont., raw sewage flows into Lake Ontario and the city doesn’t have to tell the public. However, one water advocacy group is hoping to change that.
Norman Stark, 17, prepares to swim across Lake Erie
Erie Time-News (7/6)
A teenage resident of Erie, Penn., is planning to swim the 24.3 miles from Long Point, Ont., to Freeport Beach in Erie County, Penn., on July 13th.
Great Lakes Aquarium 'Shipwrecks Alive!' Exhibit Set to Open Thursday
WDIO (7/1)
After years of planning and months of building, the Great Lakes Aquarium is finally ready to show off their new, massive saltwater exhibit 'Shipwrecks Alive!'
Families learn how scientists study the Great Lakes
Upper Michigan Source (7/2)
It was a perfect, cool evening Tuesday for Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center to team up with the Portage Lake District Library for a night of hands-on activities for families to participate in the program, “Learn How Scientists Study the Great Lakes.”
Wisconsin beaches could be contaminated
NBC26 - Traverse City, MI (7/1)
Federal and state officials are clashing over standards for warning the public about water contamination at the nation's beaches.
Great Lakes levels rising - Erie boaters pleased
WICU TV - Erie, PA (7/1)
Water levels in the great lakes are up dramatically from historic lows of 2012 and 2013. Several factors are responsible for the rising waters, the frigid winter for low evaporation, plus lots of snow and a wet spring.
New rescue launcher helps save lives on Lake Michigan
WSBT-TV - South Bend, IN (6/24)
Police in Berrien Co., Mich., recently acquired rescue launchers which they say will allow them to respond more quickly during rescue efforts on Lake Michigan.
17th century shipwreck of long-lost Le Griffon
CNN (6/25)
An explorer claims to have found the long lost French ship Le Griffon at the bottom of Lake Michigan.
Lake Winnebago algae bloom comes early
WBAY-TV - Green Bay, WI (6/25)
Algae always turns the Lake Winnebago water green during Wisconsin's summer month, but this year it's earlier than ever.
Great Lakes, 1946
The Travel Film Archive (6/24)
Video from 1946 highlights the importance of the Great Lakes to the U.S. economy.
Swimming safety in local lakes and rivers
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (6/23)
Deputies in Michigan recommend swimmers take precautions before entering the lakes and rivers by testing the water before deciding to take a swim.
Mayflies invade! There’s a reason you shouldn’t squash them
WJW-TV - Cleveland, OH (6/18)
Mayflies have made their way onto the shores of northeast Ohio. While the bugs are fairly large and intimidating, they are actually harmless.
Dramatic underwater video of WWII Bomber in Lake Michigan
CNN (6/18)
CNN joins A&T Recovery as they capture dramatic underwater video of a WWII bomber that crashed into Lake Michigan.
Ohio gets help from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studying algae, other issues on Lake Erie
WEWS-TV - Cleveland, OH (6/17)
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission took their quarterly meeting to the lake on the Research Vessel Lake Guardian to see the type of research the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be conducting this summer on Lake Erie.
Lake Huron shipwreck story nets Emmy for Free Press photographer
Detroit Free Press (6/17)
Detroit Free Press Staff photographer Eric Seals won an Emmy Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his story about the discovery of the Keystone State shipwreck, a Civil War era ship that sank in Lake Huron 150 years ago.
Great Lakes Sea Grant Network meeting in Erie
WJET-TV - Erie, PA (6/16)
The quality of Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes water is the topic of discussion this week at this year's Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting.
Georgian Bay water levels rising at normal summer levels
CTV News - Barrie, ON (6/15)
Georgian Bay water levels appear to have been rising over the last couple of years, but residents say there’s still more to do.
30,000 catfish released in Chicago River
WGN-TV - Chicago, IL (6/11)
State Natural Resources officials and “The Friends of the Chicago River” released 30,000 fish into the Chicago River and little Calumet River in Illinois.
Great Lakes are ice free at last
Newsloop Top News (6/10)
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for the first time since November, the Great Lakes are ice-free.
Lake Superior swimming risky as beach house opens
WDIO-Duluth, MN (6/10)
A beautiful day across the North land Tuesday, but down by Lake Superior a cool breeze is fueled by even cooler water. It's creating dangerous conditions for swimmers.
Documentary looks at causes of decreasing water levels
WLUC TV6 (6/10)
Production is underway for Drain, a documentary that brings to light the cause of falling water levels of the Great Lakes.
PSA: Mercury – It’s in the fish
Great Lakes Echo (6/13)
Mercury has found its way not only into our households, but also into our aquatic environment, according to this public service announcement from the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Leaders break ground on new Niagara Falls train station
WGRZ - Niagara Falls, NY (6/9)
Local leaders broke ground on the final phase of the Niagara Falls International Railway Station & Intermodal Transportation Center.
Scientists: Tiny pieces of plastic polluting Lake Michigan
WSBT-TV - Mishawaka, IN (6/5)
It's no secret that there's pollution in Lake Michigan, but scientists say a relatively new discovery found a different kind of pollution: microplastic.
This is your watershed: Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (6/5)
This is your watershed. It is home to thousands of species of plants and animals. It is also home to closed beaches, industrial pollution, and declining biodiversity.
Shipping: still challenges ahead
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (6/3)
A barge and crane are working together to remove sediment that's built up in shipping channels in Duluth, Minn.
Detroit River history showcased at community museum
CBC News (6/2)
SOS Saving Our Strait is a new exhibit at Windsor's Community Museum that depicts the cleanup effort in Detroit River over the last 60 years.
Brutally cold winter has water temp still at dangerous level
Fox 32 - Chicago, IL (6/2)
Although the warm temperatures bring people out to the lake, the water is still more than cold, it’s frigid.
National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio aerial view
Exploring Northwest Ohio from the Sky (6/1)
An interesting aerial view of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio.
MiGreatPlaces: Underwater in Lake Huron
9&10 News (5/29)
Take a fascinating journey underwater to see how some of the earliest hunters did it in today's Michigan Great Places.
Grand opening set for Lake Erie Community Park
WJET-TV - Erie, PA (5/28)
Lake Erie Community Park in Lake City, Pa., is not a campground anymore, and supervisors have big plans for the park.
Men recover structure resembling ship's rudder
Erie Times-News (5/27)
A wooden structure resembling a ship's rudder was pulled from a Lake Erie beach in a private community just east of Elk Creek in Girard Township, Pa.
Several homes in danger of falling into Lake Ontario
WSTM-TV, Syracuse New York (5/26)
many Sterling, New York homeowners are losing several feet of shoreline on Lake Ontario each year.
100th anniversary of Canada's Titanic
CBC News (5/26)
The Empress of Ireland left Quebec City bound for Liverpool in May 1914, but a collision with a freighter sank the passenger ship to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River.
Upcoming Michigan Energy Fair in June
FOX 47 Morning Blend (5/26)
Executive Director Del Bachert of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association talks about the upcoming Michigan Energy Fair in June.
Mysterious Windsor Hum's traced to Zug Island, Mich.
CBC News (5/23)
The source of the mysterious Windsor Hum in the southwestern Ontario city is on Zug Island — in River Rouge, Mich. — according to a federally funded report released today.
Staying safe on the water this summer
Toledo News Now (5/22)
The beauty of Lake Erie and the lure of recreation bring thousands to the water each year, but the potential danger of severe weather on the lake is always just over the horizon.
Watch huge bank of fog spread over Lake Michigan
MLive (5/22)
Impressive video footage of a thick bank of fog that eventually descended over Lake Michigan in Holland, Mich., was captured by a fisherman this week.
Video seeks help in preventing Great Lakes species invasions
The Associated Press (5/21)
Three states in the Great Lakes region are cooperating on a video campaign encouraging boaters and anglers to avoid spreading invasive species.
When will Lake Superior ice melt?
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (5/20)
Lake Superior is still about three percent covered with ice. The areas packed with ice include the head of the lake and the Apostle Islands.
Michigan DEQ asks EPA to remove Deer Lake from Areas of Concern list
WBUP-TV - Marquette, MI (5/20)
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has sent the U.S. EPA a letter asking the federal agency to remove Deer Lake in Ishpeming from the federal list of environmental Areas of Concern.
U.P. community wonders if land sale to mining giant is worth the price
Detroit Free Press (5/18)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is considering the largest sale of state-managed forestland in its history — about 10,000 acres — to Graymont, a British Columbia-based limestone mining company to create a sprawling, 13,000-acre, open-pit and underground mining operation.
Microbeads threatening Great Lakes
WKBW- TV - Buffalo, NY (5/15)
New York State Attorney General Eric Schniederman was in Buffalo on Thursday alongside several elected officials, to push for a new law banning the production of products containing microbeads in New York State.
End of icebreaking on Great Lakes
Northland's NewsCenter (5/15)
Icebreakers had a rough time this year breaking a pathway through record ice for shipments to come in and out of the Duluth, Superior Port.
State bets on Atlantic salmon
The Times Herald (5/13)
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources hopes the deposit of about 19,500 Atlantic salmon at the Lexington State Harbor in Lexington, Mich., will increase salmon stocks in Lake Huron.
A bucket list wish checked off with a visit to Beaver Island
WGTU-TV - Traverse City, MI (5/13)
Many visitors and residents in the Great Lakes region make it a goal to visit Michigan's Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.
Complete circle tour of Lake Superior and get noticed by Lake Superior Magazine
KBJR-TV - Duluth, MN (5/11)
Former Visit Duluth President Terry Mattson is talking about a motorcycle ride around all thirteen hundred miles of Lake Superior shoreline that kick started in Duluth, Minn., in July, 2012.
Paddlers are staying in the Island Loop
The Times Herald (5/10)
Dozens of kayakers and canoeists gathered at Bakers Field in Port Huron Township, Mich., to dedicate the Island Loop National Water Trail.
Beautiful 'icebergs' melting on Lake Erie
USA Today (5/7)
The ice is melting on Lake Erie leaving car sized icebergs, or 'lakebergs.'
First saltie of year finally makes it through ice, docks in Superior
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (5/8)
The first saltie to arrive in the Duluth-Superior Harbor this season is finally docked, but heavy ice cover on Lake Superior made getting there an incredible challenge.
Detroit River fish don't taste bad, study finds
CBC News (5/7)
The flavor of fish caught in the Detroit River has been assessed and has been found to be “not impaired," according to a study by the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and Detroit River Public Advisory Council.
Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project educates students for safe swimming
WLS-TV Chicago (5/7)
In 2013, 15-year-old Matthew Kocher drowned trying to get out of a rip tide in Lake Michigan. Wednesday his parents joined the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill. to educate their son's former classmates on water safety
Forecasting the future of Michigan's great lakes
WJRT-TV - Flint, MI (5/7)
While the forecast for rising lake levels looks pretty good right now, in the long-term, expect water levels to continue their ups and downs.
Getting ready for the tourist season, Maid of the Mist launches two boats
The Buffalo News (5/6)
The Maid of the Mist Corp. launched two 600-passenger boats from its new $32 million winter dry-dock and maintenance facility in the Niagara Gorge, N.Y.
Lake Erie buoy to be deployed
WJET-TV - Erie, PA (5/5)
A high-tech weather buoy deployed into Lake Erie will provide data to help boaters determine water temperature, wave size and wind direction, and it will feature a video camera for a look at lake conditions.
Tug boat, barges stuck along lakefront
WLS-TV Chicago, IL (5/5)
A tug boat and two barges in Lake Michigan were stuck along the lakefront in Chicago, Ill., on Monday night.
Major erosion affects Sheboygan Co. shoreline
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (5/5)
A steep drop-off in Sheboygan County, Wis., used to be someone's backyard. Now it's an example of erosion along Lake Michigan.
Enbridge whistleblower claims cover-up; company denies wrongdoing
WXMI-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (5/5)
An Enbridge subcontractor hired to clean up the oil spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River is fighting the oil company in court over an alleged cover-up.
Green Leader Buchsbaum has spent life restoring Great Lakes and tributaries
Detroit Free Press (5/4)
Andy Buchsbaum is a co-winner in the Individual category of the Detroit Free Press 2014 Michigan Green Leaders. He won for helping to secure $1.6 billion over four years in federal funding to improve the Great Lakes.
Homeowners assess damage caused by 'ice tsunami'
Upper Michigan Source (5/1)
Keweenaw Peninsula, Mich. residents are assessing damage caused by an unexpected wall of ice that has pushed ashore.
Lake Superior Surfing
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (4/30)
There is no water too cold, no waves too small for these late Spring Lake Superior Surfers.
On the road: Duluth's Great Lakes Aquarium to launch new exhibit
KSTP-TV - Minneapolis, MN (4/28)
There will be a brand new attraction at the Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minn., called “Shipwrecks Alive” that features a number of displays and video presentations that look into the depths to discover some of the hundreds of ships that lie on the bottom of the lake.
A "Passport" for Belle Isle
WMYD-TV - Detroit, MI (4/25)
Mich. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds citizens of an important visitor pass that can be purchased for access to Belle Isle, one of Detroit’s most visited spots.
Dead ducks found along Lakefront
WISN-TV, Milwaukee, WI (4/23)
As ice thaws, ducks that didn’t survive the harsh winter are washing ashore along Lake Michigan waterfront walking trails in the Milwaukee, Wis., area.
Trash frozen to the ground during winter making its way into Lake Michigan, rivers
WITI-TV - Milwaukee, WI (4/22)
Now that the snow and ice are melting, all of the trash that was frozen to the ground is making it's way into Lake Michigan.
Great Lakes shipping season begins
WJET-TV - Erie, PA (4/21)
Shipping season on the Great Lakes is underway. For some, this shipping season is expected to be the busiest one in the last twenty years.
Exploring Split Rock Lighthouse
KSTP-TV - Minneapolis, MN (4/21)
Split Rock Lighthouse was built on the north shore of Lake Superior in the wake of a terrible storm, and the lighthouse has protected mariners on the lake for nearly seventy years.
Clean boats, clean tournaments
Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers (4/21)
A new video produced by Wisconsin Sea Grant offers views of exciting fishing tournament action along with the invitation to keep the tournaments free of aquatic invasive species.
Muskegon River reaches historic height in Evart
WZZM 13 - Grand Rapids, MI (4/16)
The Muskegon River in Michigan surpassed an all-time high water mark Tuesday afternoon.
Chicago bridges lift as sailboats begin journey to harbors
ABC7-TV - Chicago, IL (4/16)
Sailboat season is underway, and the bridges in Chicago, Ill., are being lifted so that boats can get back out on Lake Michigan.
Ice gone on Lake Michigan, but shipping impacted elsewhere
Fox 6 Now-TV - Milwaukee, WI (4/16)
Much of the ice on Lake Michigan has melted away but it continues to cause problems to the north on Lake Superior, and officials at the Port of Milwaukee say that’s affecting business.
City doesn't foresee a rate hike soon with $380M sewer upgrade
WGRZ-TV - Buffalo, NY (4/16)
The Buffalo Sewer Authority will spend $380 million to upgrade its sewage plant, install rain gardens and other measures to reduce untreated sewage and runoff from entering the Niagara River.
Photographer reveals larger-than-life Lake Superior image
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (4/12)
The Duluth Photography Institute (DPI) is displaying a panoramic of Lake Superior that's practically as big as the real thing.
Coping with exceptional ice in the Great Lakes
PBS NewsHour (4/11)
A brutally cold winter covered the Great Lakes with more ice than they have seen since 1979.
Wasaga Beach residents continue to watch water levels rise
CTV News (4/9)
Residents are watching rising water levels closely at the mouth of the Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach, Ont.
Strange substance has residents mystified
WNEW-TV - Saginaw, MI (4/8)
Residents in Sebawing, Mich., are concerned after noticing a mystery substance spilling into the Sebawing River. Officials are trying to determine where the spill originated and what dangers it could pose.
Expert: BP Lake Michigan spill could have been worse
WBBM-TV - Chicago, IL (4/9)
The impact of a recent BP oil spill in Lake Michigan could have been much worse than it was. Weather conditions helped blunt the impact of the spill.
5 Steps to protect your lake from exotic species
Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee (4/7)
Here are five steps to help protect lakes and other waterways from invasive and exotic species.
Damaged cutter expected to be repaired in Duluth Monday
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (4/6)
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morrow Bay said that the tug will be undergoing repairs after it suffered a rudder casualty while breaking ice near Thunder Bay, Ont
Volunteers wanted to take part in lighthouse keepers program
WBKB-TV - Alpena, MI (4/6)
Officials from Michigan's historic Tawas Point Lighthouse are looking for volunteers who are interested in staying in the lighthouse for an extended period of time.
Breaking Montreal’s icy economy
Global News (4/2)
Five Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers and a hovercraft were dispatched to break ice that is three to five feet thick on the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Wheatfield residents question bio-energy plant expansion
WGRZ-TV - Buffalo, NY (4/2)
The proposed expansion of a bio-energy plant in the town of Wheatfield, N.Y., is raising questions among residents who fear it could have an impact on their community.
Outreach and education methods for phragmites management
Great Lakes Commission (4/1)
Mary Bohling of Michigan Sea Grant is the featured speaker in this Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative webinar focused on the importance of outreach to improve Phragmites management.

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