Great Lakes Today

Great Lakes Today, a collaboration of public media stations, was created to highlight issues affecting the lakes. The main partners are WBFO (Buffalo), ideastream (Cleveland) and WXXI (Rochester). Other stations in the region will also contribute reports. Great Lakes Today is funded in part by a grant from The Joy Family Foundation.

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Veronica Volk / WXXI News

A study from a group of Midwestern and Canadian scientists shows the Great Lakes Basin is warming at a quicker rate than the rest of the United States.

Payne Horning / WRVO News

With Lake Ontario's water levels about a foot above average, communities along its shoreline are trying to get help in preventing the flooding that devastated the area in 2017.

Veronic Volk / WXXI News

In a changing climate, people living on Lake Ontario may be more at risk for flooding and extreme weather, so what compels them to stay?

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Fishing is good on Lake Ontario and it might be even better this year, according to state Department of Evironmental Conservation briefing on the "State of Lake Ontario" Thursday night in Lockport.

Payne Horning / WRVO News File Photo

According to the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, Lake Ontario is more than a foot higher than usual for this time of year. However, Keith Koralewski of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says, “Most of the Great Lakes are currently above average.”

It was the fish’s failures as an invasive species, perhaps more than its successes, that first drew Sunči Avlijaš to studying tench.

Water affordability concerns addressed in the city of Buffalo

Feb 13, 2019

Lake Erie is a natural source of fresh drinking water for thousands in Western the New York region.  Even though it’s readily available for consumption sometimes hundreds of local residents find themselves going without. Many are faced with shutoff notices, because of troubles with managing the cost of water.


Mike Desmond / WBFO News

When you see the giant steel lake freighters that frequent the Buffalo waterfront, it can be hard to remember the Queen City and Great Lakes region were created by wooden boats perhaps a tenth the size of the lake ships. A replica Erie Canal boat is being built at Canalside.

Last phase of the Niagara River ice boom installation starts

Dec 13, 2018
NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY

The New York Power Authority started the final phase of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom installation Thursday.


A local Great Lakes expert received a standing ovation during a recent award ceremony for the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR).


Sewage released into Lake Ontario near Toronto’s popular harbor area is still a problem, according to a recently released report.


The governor of Michigan is moving forward with a solution that could possibly fix part of the controversial oil pipeline that runs through the water between Lakes Huron and Michigan.


The Western New York Land Conservancy is celebrating the start of a new conservation project in Grand Island at the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

Its 145 acres of forested wetland on Whitehaven Road. The land conservancy plans to create a system of trails throughout the property. Work on the trail system is set to start next year.

Nancy Smith is the executive director of the Land Conservancy. She says this project has benefits that stretches throughout the region.

GLRI proves economic boost along Great Lakes Corridor

Sep 25, 2018

A new study shows a boost in economic activity in communities along the Great Lakes Corridor where Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects took place.


People are catching record-breaking salmon in Lake Ontario this year. A report from the Department of Environmental Conservation says veteran anglers are reporting some of the best fishing in decades.

File Photo / WBFO News

Nine people drowned in the Great Lakes over Labor Day weekend, resulting in the deadliest Labor Day weekend since the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project began tracking drownings in 2010.

Trump nominates new IJC commissioners

Aug 28, 2018
WBFO file photo

There may soon be some new faces at the helm of the International Joint Commission, which helps protect and regulate the Great Lakes. The White House has announced the names of the three new commissioners for the IJC.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News

Researchers have made a startling discovery in Lake Erie -- two species of exotic zooplankton that originally hail from the southern hemisphere.

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON

The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper announced the completion of the habitat restoration project for the Buffalo River Monday morning.

Fifteen teachers, several from New York State, sailed off Monday morning  on research vessel called The Lake Guardian.


Lindsay France / Cornell University Photography

A group of researchers at Cornell University has developed a new, faster test to determine whether bacteria are present in beach water. The team will be field-testing their system on Lake Erie near Buffalo July 16-18.

Pruitt out as head of EPA

Jul 5, 2018

Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, President Trump announced Thursday via Twitter.

Pruitt has been dogged by criticism over his use of EPA staffers and funds. But in the Great Lakes region, moves by Trump and Pruitt to roll back environmental regulations also triggered concern.

Algae bloom taking shape on Lake Erie

Jul 5, 2018
NOAA

Algae blooms have started in western Lake Erie, and researchers say the unusually warm weather may make things worse.


President Trump traveled to Wisconsin today for the ground-breaking of a sprawling high-tech factory where Foxconn will make LCD panels.

Wisconsin used huge incentives to attract the Taiwan company's plant, which is expected to employ some 13,000 workers.  

But the plant also has sparked debate because it will use millions of gallons of water each day from Lake Michigan.

Trump rescinds Obama order on Great Lakes protections

Jun 22, 2018

President Donald Trump has overridden an Obama executive order meant to protect the oceans and Great Lakes. It was written in response to the 2010 BP oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico.

Not only is there no mention of the spill in the new policy, but it references the importance of oil drilling as well as commercial fishing, shipping, and other industries.


Veronica Volk / Great Lakes Today

It looks like Lake Ontario may have already reached its peak high for the season, which is good news for lakefront home owners and business owners.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to soon release its management plans to combat harmful algal blooms in 12 lakes. The Great Lakes Research Consortium is also commissioning five projects to address the outbreaks and other environmental issues.

Huge pot farm coming to Great Lakes region

May 29, 2018

Canada is moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and officials predict that it’s likely to happen by the end of the year. As pot suppliers gear up for the change. one huge greenhouse being built near the U.S. border is raising some concerns.


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Town of Hamburg Police report, despite the efforts of first responders on scene, a man pulled from the waters of Lake Erie Wednesday night has passed away at Mercy Hospital.

Mayo, matches and other ways to NOT get rid of ticks

May 14, 2018
Consumer Reports / Black legged tick removal

Environmental experts are debunking old myths when it comes to removing a tick.


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