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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.

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.
Cold lake temperatures increase business in Manistee, Mich.
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (8/15)
Cold lake temperatures mean fewer people are taking a dip in the water, and more people are opening their wallets for other activities.
Muskegon Lake could be delisted as toxic hotspot by 2019
WZZM-TV - Muskegon, MI (8/15)
Muskegon Lake is on a restoration fast track and could be removed from a list of toxic hotspots on the Great Lakes by 2019.
U.S. Great Lakes freighters move highest monthly cargo tonnage in two years
Northlands News Center (8/13)
In July, U.S. Great Lakes freighters moved their highest monthly total of cargo in two years, over 11.36 million tons.
Fishing on the Detroit River
Detroit Public TV (8/13)
Fishing is a huge part of recreation and economy along the Great Lakes, but anglers need to make sure their catch is safe to eat.
Aquatic invasive species
Detroit Public TV (8/13)
Aquatic invasive species are an issue in the Great Lakes. Invasive species are considered by some experts to be a form of pollution that is harmful to our environment, economy and health.
Migratory bird stopovers in the Great Lakes
Detroit Public TV (8/13)
Birders and researchers discuss long-term migratory stopovers and nocturnal migrations in the Great Lakes.
Grand Valley State University researcher looks at climate change's affect on Great Lakes
WWMT-TV - Allendale, MI (8/12)
A Grand Valley State University researcher is taking a look at how climate change is directly impacting the Great Lakes.
Battle Creek woman to bicycle around Lake Michigan
WWMT-TV - Battle Creek, MI (8/11)
Two years ago, a Battle Creek, Mich., woman rowed the perimeter of Lake Michigan to raise money for breast cancer. Now, she's riding her bike around the lake.
Kayaker talks about experience being stranded overnight on Lake Erie
FOX 28 Columbus (8/7)
A kayaker shares his tale of survival after being stranded on Lake Erie for 19 hours.
Maumee River causing problems for Lake Erie
WTVG-13 - Toledo, OH (8/8)
It's what's in the Maumee River's water that's hurting Lake Erie and helping cause harmful algal blooms.
300 sailors race across Lake Michigan to Wisconsin
WZZM-13 - Muskegon, MI (8/8)
About 300 sailors from Michigan and Wisconsin competed in the annual Lake Michigan Clipper Cup Race.
Great Lakes Now Connect:The algae crisis
Detroit Public TV (8/7)
A recent algae bloom crisis in Lake Erie affected the surrounding areas’ water supply, prompting regional and national concern for our nation’s freshwater sources.
Are you concerned with the St. Clair River, and improving the environment?
Blue Water Television Network (8/4)
Symposium on St. Clair River to be held in September - Register Now!
A visit to Silver Lake lighthouse
Fox 17 - Grand Rapids, MI (8/5)
At Silver Lake State Park in Oceana County is one of the most easily accessible lighthouses to visit in West Michigan.
Fabulous views from the top of Big Sable Point lighthouse
Fox 17 - Grand Rapids, MI (8/5)
When you visit the lighthouse and climb 130 stairs to the top of the lighthouse on Big Sable Point, you'll be almost 100 feet above the beautiful West Michigan sand dunes and Lake Michigan, overlooking 3,000 acres below in Ludington State Park.
Environmentalist warns toxic algae bloom could happen in Lake Michigan
CBS - Chicago, IL (8/4)
As the toxic algae problem wanes in Toledo, a Chicago environmentalist says it could foreshadow the future of Lake Michigan, unless government gets to work.
Rare sight: Cruise ship makes stop in Cleveland, shows what city has to offer
Fox 8 - Cleveland, OH (8/4)
People in Cleveland, Ohio, are used to seeing ships along the lake, but now they’re seeing a different kind of ship, a cruise ship.
NEW Water sewage facility works to fight algae in the Bay
WFRV-TV - Green Bay, WI (8/4)
30 million gallons of water a day come through the NEW Water Sewage Plant in Green Bay, Wis., and after a 20-hour purifying process the water is pushed back into the bay and is much cleaner than the water that's already there.
Algal blooms in the Great Lakes
PBS NewsHour (8/3)
Scientist discusses Great Lakes algal blooms with the PBS News Hour.
Governor Kasich: New plan to address Lake Erie dredging issues
Dredging Today (8/1)
Governor John R. Kasich has recently joined local and federal officials to celebrate the innovative dredging strategy of the Toledo Harbor in Ohio.
Enbridge TV commercial sparks controversy on the Kalamazoo River
Fox 17 - Grand Rapids, MI (8/1)
A commercial from Enbridge was played on the four year anniversary of the Kalamazoo River oil spill, and according to Enbridge, the Kalamazoo River is “restored” but many residents beg to differ.
Plastic microbeads pile up into problems for the Great Lakes
PBS NewsHour (7/30)
Scientists are investigating a surprising new pollutant in the country’s waterways: the tiny plastic beads found in common cosmetic products.
Black sludge long Lake Ontario
WHAM-ABC13 - Rochester, N.Y. (7/30)
The Lake Ontario Waterkeeper said they don't know for sure if the black sludge seen along the shore in Monroe, N.Y. is Cladophora algae.
Hypothermia Year-round Threat in Lake Superior
WDIO-TV - Duluth, MN (7/29)
Lake Superior is know for its beautiful water, rocky shores, sandy beaches, and clean, cool water. But cooling off from the summer heat can be dangerous.
Rain Ready videos
Rain Ready (7/28)
Rain Ready offers a suite of policies and practices to help residents, communities, and states plan for 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.

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