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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.

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.
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)
IJCís 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 ó 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)
Itís an iconic landmark along Michiganís 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 ó maybe a few a year ó 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 winterís relatively snowfall has caused Lake Superiorís 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 Niagaraís 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 itís 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 Ďunprecedentedí
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.
Quebec residents in the dark about rising crude oil shipments by rail
Global News (1/12)
Itís been 18 months since the tragic train derailment in Lac Megantic, and people living near the train tracks in Montreal, Quebec, are worried it could happen again.
Great Lakes Research Center tests underwater equiptment
WLUC-TV6 - Houghton, MI (1/12)
Michigan Tech University is one of five universities helping research underwater equipment.
Ice dunes take shape
WICU-TV - Erie, PA (1/10)
The snow and bitter cold are transforming the Lake Erie shoreline at Presque Isle, Pa. Waves are moving large chunks of ice toward shore, and with the bitter cold, the chunks are forming an icy barrier along the peninsula.
Archaeologist to probe whether shipwreck is Le Griffon
Detroit Free Press (1/8)
A pair of Muskegon, Mich. divers stumbled upon the shipwreck they think is the Griffin, which sank in Lake Michigan in 1679. Now, the State of Michigan is looking into whether this wreck is, in fact, the Griffin.
Lake Superior sea smoke
Lakeland Public Television - Bemidji, MN (1/7)
"Sea smoke" makes for spectacular scenery along Lake Superior.
Shipwrecks exhibit at SUNY Oswego
WWNY-TV - Watertown, NY (1/6)
The New York Sea Grant is taking its Great Shipwrecks of New York exhibit on the road and it will spend the next three weeks at SUNY Oswego.
Hundreds of trees to be removed next week from Bay City State Recreation Area
WJRT-TV - Flint, MI (1/2)
Hundreds of trees will be removed from the Bay City State Recreation Area along Saginaw Bay, Mich. The emerald ash borer is once again the culprit.
Divers discover Lake Michigan plane wreck
CNN (12/31)
Recovery experts set out on Lake Michigan in search of World War II plane wreckage.
Ice dunes not forming on Presque Isle State Park
WSEE-TV - Erie, PA (12/23)
It's the first week of winter, and the Erie, Pa., area is remarkably snow-free. With temperatures well above freezing, the ice dunes have not yet formed on Presque Isle beaches, and that could pose a problem.
Muskegon divers claim to find elusive "Le Griffon" shipwreck
WZZM-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (12/23)
It's considered to be the holy grail of all shipwrecks lost in the Great Lakes. For more than 300 years, many have searched for it, but since it sunk in 1679, it has decided it hasn't wanted to be found. Until recently, according to some divers.
Federal ruling means no more killing wolves in Minnesota
KSTP-TV - Minneapolis, MN (12/20)
A federal judge on Friday threw out an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list.
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 Minn. invasive species law will require testing, fee for boat owners
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (12/18)
The law will require anyone who transports a boat, personal watercraft, or docks and lifts to take a test and get a decal for their trailer proving they passed.
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.
Minn. DNR to inject potash into lake to fight invasive species
KSTP-TV, Minneapolis, MN (12/16)
A lake in Shorewood, Minn. is the first in Minnesota to be injected with potash to combat invasive species.
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: ďIíve never seen the water come up that much, that fastĒ
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 Ďendangeredí has serious consequences for a planned oil terminal in Cacouna, Quebec.

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