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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.

Ship trapped on frozen Great Lakes
CNN (2/27)
U.S. Coast Guard vessels break ice to make way for trapped ships on the Great Lakes.
Great Lakes. Great Impact.
The Joyce Foundation (2/24)
Information about the impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Ice caves forming on Lake Michigan
WPBN-TV - South Bend, IN (2/23)
According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, the Great Lakes are now more than 85 percent iced over, and ice caves are forming on Lake Michigan.
Diving ducks struggle to find open water
WISN-TV - Milwaukee, WI (2/23)
It's been a cold February for everyone, including vulnerable animals seeking refuge. Ducks are huddled on the Milwaukee River, searching for food. Without open water, they can't fly and could die.
Restoration campaign needs $300K for iconic South Haven lighthouse
WXMI-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (2/23)
It’s an iconic landmark along Michigan’s lakeshore, but the red South Haven lighthouse that has been on Lake Michigan since 1903 is in need of some big repairs.
Partially frozen Niagara Falls a hot spot for tourists
WTKR-TV - Norfolk, VA (2/20)
Ice has suddenly blossomed across the Great Lakes, and for the first time in (not quite) forever, Niagara Falls looks pretty much frozen, too.
Lake Michigan's ice caves return
NBC News (2/20)
A recent blast of frigid weather brings ice caves back to the shores of Lake Michigan.
The story of White Lake
Great Lakes. Great Impact. (2/20)
In Michigan, White Lake was once considered a toxic hotspot after decades of industrial contamination. But now, thanks in part to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, the lake is cleaned up and local businesses are thriving.
Clinton River Watershed Council discusses watershed, fisheries
The Voice (2/19)
A watershed ecologist led the Clinton River Watershed Council's "'Reel' Time: An Overview of the Paint Creek and Stony Creek Fisheries" talk at the Orion Art Center in Lake Orion, Mich.
Visitors brave the cold to see Lake Michigan
WZZM 13-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (2/12)
Tourism officials say the beauty of Lake Michigan in the winter is drawing visitors to Holland, Mich., from around the Midwest and even from warmer climates.
Guardian angels of Lake Michigan: See the U.S. Coast Guard like never before
Fox 6 - Milwaukee, WI (2/12)
A Milwaukee-based Coast Guard crew let FOX6 News tag along on a recent training day. While actual ice rescues are rare in these parts — maybe a few a year — crews drill almost daily, preparing for the wide variety of emergencies they might face.
Low snowfall impacting Lake Superior
Fox 21-TV - Duluth, MN (2/12)
This winter’s relatively snowfall has caused Lake Superior’s water levels to drop a bit.
Killer shrimp on the way to Lake Michigan?
WDJT-TV - Milwaukee, WI (2/11)
A report from CBS News quotes the Journal of Great Lakes Research, suggesting that Dikerogammarus Villosus, also known as "killer shrimp," could be the next invasive species to take over Lake Michigan.
Company pushes plan to bury nuclear waste near Lake Huron
WXYZ-TV - Detroit, MI (2/11)
More than a decade ago, Ontario Power Generation, or OPG, started looking for a place to permanently store Ontario's nuclear waste. The waste currently sits above ground, at a facility near Kincardine, Ontario.
Beautiful Lake Michigan ice formations can be dangerous
TMJ-4 (Milwaukee, WI) (2/5)
Authorities are warning people to stay away from the ice formations on Lake Michigan.
Surfing and paddleboarding on an icy Lake Michigan
WXMI-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (2/4)
Some adventurous people set out to enjoy Lake Michigan in the middle of winter, and they've updated their amazing video of their paddleboarding adventures on the icy lake.
Local breweries create Lake Erie Ale Trail
YourErie (2/4)
Four local breweries are looking to put Erie, Pa., on the map as a craft beer destination by creating a Lake Erie Ale Trail.
Daredevil duo is the first to scale Niagara Falls
BBC (2/3)
Last week, two daredevil Canadian climbers, Will Gadd and Sarah Hueniken, attempted the impossible: scaling Niagara’s 51m-high, frozen falls. And it only took them just under an hour to do it.
Pair of ice climbers are first to ascend frozen Niagara Falls
National Geographic (1/29)
Nine daredevils have gone over Niagara Falls in barrels and lived to tell the tale. This week, two ice climbers became the first to reverse the trip.
Ice-cutting operations include helping to clear path for Harsens Island ferry
The Voice (1/29)
After U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard cutters combined efforts in the St. Clair River to re-establish current and ice flow, the USCG cutter Mackinaw remained overnight in the North Channel to assist the Harsens Island ferry in resuming service.
Preventing Asian Carp from entering the Great Lakes
WSYM-TV - Lansing, MI (1/27)
Mich. Sen. Debbie Stabenow is expressing concern about Asian carp, and wants to stop the invasive fish before it becomes a major issue in the Great Lakes.
WLSSD requests mercury variance in wastewater permit renewal
Northland's News Center (1/27)
The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District is in the process of renewing its wastewater permit, and requesting a variance for more time to meet mercury discharge standards.
Surf's up! Lake Superior surfers catch winter waves
Northland's News Center (1/26)
Every now and again, winds kick up and create what some would call "killer waves" on Lake Superior. Some brave souls are taking part in a sport you wouldn't expect to find in Duluth in late January.
Great Lakes Crossing Welcomes Largest Michigan Aquarium
Orion Neighborhood Television (1/22)
ONTV's, Katie Ciaramitaro, attended a media preview event at Great Lakes Crossing where they welcomed SEA LIFE, Michigan's largest aquarium that will open to the public on Thursday January 29th.
Two sunken canal boats from mid-1800s found in Lake Ontario
WKBW- Buffalo, NY (1/22)
A team of shipwreck hunters say they've found two 19th-century canal boats on the bottom of Lake Ontario, an unusual discovery since such vessels typically weren't used on open water.
Local officials warn of unsafe ice conditions on Lake Erie
Monroe News (1/21)
There may be ice on Lake Erie, but local officials are warning that it’s not really safe.
New training for Lake Ontario ice rescues
WHAM-TV, Greece, NY (1/21)
Firefighters are training for dangerous Lake Ontario ice rescues.
Rising Lake Michigan water level ‘unprecedented’
WOOD-TV - Grand Rapids, MI (1/21)
In January 2013, Lake Michigan hit its lowest water mark ever. Just two years later, the big lake has seen what some are calling an unparalleled turnaround.
Last laker of 2014 shipping season arrives in Twin Ports
Northlands News Center (1/20)
The 2014 shipping season has officially closed. The John G. Munson, the last laker of the season, arrived in the Twin Ports just before 9:30 Tuesday morning.
Oil by rail through Montreal
Global News (1/13)
People living along train tracks in Montreal, Quebec are increasingly worried about crude oil being transported through their towns, and many are insisting that pipelines may be a safer solution.
Ice breakers continue to make paths for freighters
WGTU-TV - Traverse City, MI (1/14)
The U.S. Coast Guard's ice breakers are making the way for freighters through the St. Clair River.
Ice monster of southwest Michigan: The Saint Joseph Lighthouse
WILX-TV - Lansing, MI (1/13)
The lighthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., is covered in layers of ice. Literally overnight, the light and catwalk can transform into an icy monster.
Lighthouse Forever Fund nearing campaign goal
WNDU-TV - South Bend, IN (1/12)
The city of St. Joseph, Mich., is one step closer to restoring a city landmark. The Lighthouse Forever Fund Committee will present its fundraising campaign and its recommendations for the future to the City Commission.
Michigan business donates thousands of dollars to help combat Lake Erie's algae problem
Toledo News Now (1/12)
Michigan company Manheim Detroit donated $12,500 to the Lake Erie Waterkeeper to help keep up with water testing and water education.
Soo Locks give down-bound ships 24 hour extension
WWTV - Cadillac, MI (1/12)
Down-bound ships that need to pass through the Soo Locks this week got a much needed extension.
Quebec residents in the dark about rising crude oil shipments by rail
Global News (1/12)
It’s 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: “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."

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