Big Blue Live on PBS begins August 31 8pm ET

Otters on Big Blue Live

The Giants of the Deep Return to Monterey Bay Big Blue Live is a live television and online event celebrating some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures converging off California’s coast. Once a year, humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters, and much more convene in Monterey […]

Algae Blooms in the Great Lakes

Algae Bloom

Watch the latest Great Lakes Now Special on the Algae Crisis on demand now >>   WATER—the thing that we take for granted become a commodity for more than 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan over the weekend as they were told not to drink, cook or bathe in the water flowing from […]

Are Michigan’s pristine lakes at risk from aging pipelines?

Michigan oil pipelines

In Michigan, two aging pipelines carry 20 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas a day under some of the most pristine water in the country, the Great Lakes Straits of Mackinac. An oil spill would be devastating to the Great Lakes, which provide drinking water to 30 million people. Special correspondent Elizabeth Brackett […]

Time lapse as freighter goes through Soo Locks

Soo Locks - time lapse

Time lapse video as Capt. Bob Thibaudeau of the Paul R. Tregurtha freighter takes the largest freighter on the Great Lakes (at 1,013 feet long) through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. Eric Seals/Detroit Free Press Check out this story on Freep.com: http://on.freep.com/1NejlnT

Getting by With a Little Help From our Friends: Human to Monarch – Creating Safe Passage

Monarch - Photo by Joe Mabel

by Great Lakes Now Contributor, Margaret Hetherman Homo Sapiens may be rapidly gaining a reputation as the most invasive species on the planet, but there are some among us who stand eager to stretch a hand across the divide—to provide safe passage with what has become a virtual railroad for monarch butterflies making a sojourn in […]

Great Lakes Now Connect: Fisheries

Native Fisheries - The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy and Detroit Public Television are excited to bring you another episode of Great Lakes Now: Connect digging deep into the science behind Great Lakes issues. The Great Lakes once boasted as many as 150 species of fish in their vast waters that comprise the largest freshwater system on Earth. Today, some of […]

Grand Rapids Whitewater Releases Findings of Economic Impact Study

Study Released September 8

At a riverfront event on September 8, Grand Rapids Whitewater released findings of the Economic Benefits of the Grand Rapids Whitewater Project, a study focused on the potential for expanded economic activity directly related to the restoration of a 2.2-mile stretch of the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids. The study, conducted by Anderson Economic […]

Ohio State scientists study runoff to stop toxic algae in the Great Lakes

Lake Erie Algal bloom

How can the great lakes recover from agricultural runoff and toxic algae blooms? On September 3rd, the EPA announced it will distribute $12 million to educate farmers and improve water quality in the region. Detroit Public Television’s Christy McDonald speaks with scientists about their search for a solution to runoff-fueled toxins. View the transcript >

Great Lakes Now Special: Food Supply

Food Supply

Great Lakes Now Connect has produced a 30 minute special Great Lakes Now Connect: Food Supply that will air Thursday, August 7th at 8:30pm on Detroit Public Television WTVS Channel 56. As the summer’s harvest floods into farmers markets around the Great Lakes basin, this special will take an in-depth look at the linkage between […]

Great Lakes Now – Latest News

Great Lakes Now: Summer Recreation

From the algae bloom crisis in Toledo, to food supply in the Great Lakes basin, to exploring the ‘wild places’ of Michigan, get all the information you need at Great Lakes Now.   More Algae Crisis in the Great Lakes In addition to watching online, you can watch the broadcast on Detroit Public TV’s WORLD Channel […]