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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Waters Restored – Episode 6
- by Sandra Svoboda

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 Sandra Svoboda

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 Sandra Svoboda

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 Sandra Svoboda

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 Sandra Svoboda

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. Episode 1002.

Great Lakes Now Presents
- by Sandra Svoboda

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…