Environmental, Regional, News Websites and TV Stations to have Unlimited Access to Great Lakes Conference

DETROIT (September 3, 2014) – Detroit Public Television (DPTV) announces a renewed commitment to providing a high level of access to the public for the 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference, hosted by Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition. Great Lakes Restoration Conference sessions will take place in Grand Rapids, Mich. from September 9-11, 2014 and will explore the science, politics and future of the Great Lakes.

In this special conference, the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition will pay special tribute to the late Michigan philanthropist, Peter Wege, whose vision and passion for the environment created the coalition of more than 115 different government, educational, scientific and advocacy organizations focused on Great Lakes Restoration. The week will be a celebration of the successes achieved over the past decade, including the allocation of more than $1.6 billion dollars in federal funding toward Great Lakes restoration and cleanup. At the same time, much work remains to be done, and DPTV’s coverage of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference will include some of the environmental threats affecting the nearly 40 million people who live in the Great Lakes Basin.

With coverage entitled “Great Lakes Now,” DPTV will broadcast an evening summary program each night of the conference and webcast special web-only content from the conference sessions, so the public can experience the important discussion of the most crucial issues. All content, live and/or recorded, will also be offered, at no cost, to any public or commercial news organization in North America, as well as environmental or Great Lakes oriented websites, to make coverage of the events as accessible as possible.

This year, DPTV plans to broadcast and/or webcast:

  • More than 10 hours of live coverage of conference sessions, featuring speakers and panel discussions
    • Sept. 9 from 1-5 p.m. ET
    • Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET
    • Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
  • A daily half-hour recap of activity each day on September 9, 10 and 11

The coverage is being designed to appeal to everyone from the general public and industry experts. See the planned schedule of the coverage here.

“Because of the high level of interest in this content, across all platforms, we are continuing our commitment to this award-winning coverage for a fourth year,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of Detroit Public Television. “97 percent of people in the Great Lakes Basin believe the Great Lakes are important to their lives, but only 4 percent say they have a personal responsibility to protect the Great Lakes. That’s a disconnect we want to continue to help bridge, with our partners, through the power of media.”

Great Lakes Now streamed content will be available to viewers starting on September 9, 2014 at www.greatlakesnow.org. Embed codes are available to websites that wish to stream coverage.

The Great Lakes Now summary television program in Southeastern Michigan will be available on over-air Channel 56.1 at 7:30 p.m. Any public or commercial TV station may use the video content, which is also available via satellite downlink. For the fourth consecutive year, Detroit Public TV anchor Christy McDonald will host the coverage.

The Great Lakes Now coverage of the 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference is made possible with support from the Erb Family Foundation, the Wege Foundation and the Community Foundation for Muskegon County.  Environmental coverage on Detroit Public Television is underwritten in part by the Richard C. Devereaux Fund for Energy and Environmental Programming.

Information about the Great Lakes Restoration conference can be found at conference.healthylakes.org. Inquiries about Great Lakes Restoration Conference events should be directed to Jordan Lubetkin at (734) 887-7109 or lubetkin@nwf.org

Inquiries about Detroit Public Television’s coverage or its accessibility should be directed to Matt Friedman or Kristin Sokul at (248) 626-0006 or mfriedman@tannerfriedman.com or ksokul@tannerfriedman.com.


Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is the non-commercial, viewer-supported PBS-member station watched by more than 1.5 million people in Detroit and Southeast Michigan and another 1.2 million people throughout Canada. DPTV also manages WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit’s classical and jazz radio station, in collaboration with the license-holder, the Detroit Public Schools. The radio station is located in the Detroit School of Arts. DPTV is licensed to the Detroit Educational Television Foundation and governed by a volunteer board of trustees from the local business, civic, and cultural communities.

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