Great Lakes Now Monthly Series

A new monthly public media program covering crucial issues affecting the well-being and future of the Great Lakes

Each 30-minute episode reports on the latest developments affecting the world’s greatest system of freshwater, with in-depth coverage of the environmental, economic and political issues that impact the lakes and the people who use, cherish and protect them.

 “Great Lakes Now” is recorded on location around the Great Lakes basin, and segments and stories focus on issues that matter to the people of the region including: water quality, government policy, economic vitality, environmental justice, resource conservation, recreation and tourism. 

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Warmup, cleanup – Episode 12
- by GLN Editor

This year’s warm winter boosted ice-fishing tourism in one part of the Great Lakes while potentially spelling disaster for businesses depending on colder weather. Catch up with the communities in our documentary “The Forever Chemicals,” and learn what Great Lakes states and provinces are doing to fight PFAS contamination.

Drop, Soo and Lock It – Episode 11
- by GLN Editor

Winter doesn’t stop work around the Great Lakes. See what happens at the Soo Locks when they close for maintenance, and drop into the chilly water with commercial divers who battle the zebra and quagga mussel invasions in the lakes. In a warmer setting, join us in the Mackinac Island school gym for a tournament just for island school teams.

Sand, Sinkholes and Science – Episode 10
- by GLN Editor

Travel with Great Lakes Now to the remote Canadian research station where scientists are working to understand – and protect – freshwater. Go deep into Lake Huron to see mysterious sinkholes, and watch as some homeowners try to save their Lake Michigan coastal homes while the waters wash away the beaches below them.

Finding Impacts – Episode 9
- by GLN Editor

On this episode of Great Lakes Now, search for a meteorite on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Learn how a little striped fish might help us understand the health impacts of industrial chemicals on people, and see how a Milwaukee community is UN-developing a river to improve the environment and…

In the Waters – Episode 8
- by GLN Editor

Politics, economics, recreation and science are all part of the latest episode of Great Lakes Now. Go underwater in the five lakes with a group of women who dove them all in 24 hours, and learn more about the controversy about controlling water levels in Lake Ontario and the St.…

Waters Infected – Episode 7
- by GLN Editor

Household waste, lead and agricultural runoff are byproducts of modern life. In this episode of Great Lakes Now, get the down-and-dirty reality of what can happen when these substances get into the region’s water systems.

Waters Restored – Episode 6
- by GLN Editor

Floating islands on the Chicago River are creating habitats for fish, turtles and birds inside the city waterway, while up north in Lake Superior, scientists are working to protect a rocky reef from legacy mining pollution. Also on this month’s Great Lakes Now program, see what happened after a fast-growing…

Cruises, Rising Waters and Ship Safety – Episode 5
- by GLN Editor

In the fifth episode of the Great Lakes Now monthly show, explore three of the region’s timely issues. Travel aboard one of the growing number of cruise ships as passengers visit First Nation communities on a Canadian island in Lake Huron. See who is winning and losing from the record-high…

Pipelines, Plastics and Parks – Episode 4
- by GLN Editor

The fight over an oil-and-gas pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac heads to the courts, and microplastics are being detected in waters around the region.The newest U.S. National Park on Lake Michigan’s shoreline means increased visitors but not necessarily more protection against erosion, contaminants and native plant loss. Learn more…

Fire, Fish and Food – Episode 3
- by GLN Editor

In the third episode of the Great Lakes Now, see how Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River has been cleaned up since it famously caught fire 50 years ago. Go fishing for Asian carp and learn to identify all four species that are in or near the Great Lakes, then find out how…

Ships and Shipwrecks – Episode 2
- by GLN Editor

Come aboard the J.W. Westcott, a tugboat that has delivered mail to boats on the Great Lakes since 1874. Get a snapshot of life on a freighter ship starting in the Welland Canal and going through the Thousand Islands region east of Lake Ontario. And dive into some incredible shipwrecks without a scuba tank thanks to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the Great Lakes’ only one of its kind.

Great Lakes Now Presents
- by GLN Editor

The Great Lakes Now Series Premiere In its debut episode, Great Lakes Now travels across the region to learn what life is like on a Lake Erie island – especially without tourists — and how a Chicago port helps get one of your favorite candies made. With help from reporting…