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2013 Bayview One Design Regatta Online Registration Now Available

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The 2013 Bayview One Design Regatta (BOD) is an event everyone should add to his or her upcoming racing calendar. Hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, Michigan the BOD happening May 31 – June 2, 2013 is sure to be a great event with plenty of Melges 24s already registered to attend. more...




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Reports of dead whitefish in Lake Simcoe prompt investigation

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World-class facilities help buoy Georgina’s reputation as an ice fishing capital, but reports of dead fish in the lake are floating to the surface this week, as well.

The Natural Resources Ministry is aware of the situation but, at this point, has not confirmed reports of dead whitefish in Lake Simcoe.

“We have heard the reports from anglers calling in, as well as from the message boards,” said a ministry spokesperson.  more...



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See which harbors and marinas would be helped with Michigan's emergency dredging plan

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Harbors and marinas from the Upper Peninsula to metro Detroit would get some financial help under an emergency dredging plan developed by state officials in response to declining Great Lakes water levels.

The plan would rely on $21 million as proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder in his budget plan announced last week. The Legislature would have to approve a supplemental funding request and some financial transfers before the money could be allocated and spent.  more...



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The Trouble With Buying Kids' Life Jackets Like Shoes

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Kids grow fast. That’s why frugal parents often buy their kid’s shoes a little bigger than the actual size. However, when buying a kid’s life jacket that’s too large – a common mistake – the results can be heartrending because children in a wrong-sized life jacket can easily slip out.

“I’ve sent my own kids to school with slightly bigger shoes,” says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President Chris Edmonston. “However, if a too-big life jacket slips off a child when their arms go above their head, there could be tragic results.” Edmonston, himself a father of five, knows what he’s talking about. Here are some tips on having the right-sized kids’ life jacket:  more...



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Forecast calls for drought to persist in much of U.S.

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The nation's worst drought in decades is expected to persist and likely intensify across much of the drought-stricken parts of the Plains, Southwest and Rockies over the next several months, federal scientists announced Thursday.

The storm that dumped snow and rain across portions of the central United States this week will help, but much more would be needed to break the drought, said meteorologist David Miskus of the Climate Prediction Center.  more...



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Asian carp DNA in Chicago canals may not stem from live fish, study says

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Researchers have released preliminary results of a study showing that the Asian carp DNA routinely detected in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal could be getting into the waterway by means other than live fish.

Other potential pathways for the genetic material to make its way into waters above an electric fish barrier on the canal, about 35 miles downstream from Lake Michigan, include fish-eating birds, contaminated fishing gear, boat hulls, dead fish carried past the barrier on barges and flecks of DNA washed into the canal via storm sewers carrying fish waste.  more...



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Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail: Feds' $100,000 Grant Will Extend Michigan Lakeshore By 5 Miles

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On the shores of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is already heralded as America's most beautiful scenic overlook.

A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation will help extend that beauty.

Departing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday that the Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail will be extended by five miles, connecting the town of Glen Arbor north to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.  more...



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Perch gone wild: Can drugs prompt a Great Lakes feeding frenzy?

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Could mood-altering drugs force Great Lakes fish into a feeding frenzy?

A new study from Sweden’s Umeå University finds that fish eat faster and become bolder when exposed to a common anti-anxiety drug. That poses serious questions for the Great Lakes, where the presence of pharmaceuticals has been documented.  more...


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Dredges planned due to low Lake Michigan

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Record low levels on Lake Michigan have left waterfront communities in the region and throughout the Great Lakes scrambling to save their summer boating seasons.

In New Buffalo, for example, an emergency dredge on a roughly 1,000-foot stretch of the Galien River is planned in the spring from the Whittaker Street bridge to the city's public boat launch.

Bob Stratton, owner of Service 1 Marine near New Buffalo, said the water is shallow enough to cause concern whether or not large boats will get into their slips without running aground.  more...


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Mitchell’s Bay channel dredged

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There might be a slight glimmer of hope for pleasure boaters on Lake St. Clair, which is near its all-time low.

The water level of Lake St. Clair is forecast to increase three inches over the next month.

The latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report also states Lake Erie will rise two inches while Lake Ontario will rise an additional inch.

However, Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 18, 20 and 18 inches, respectively, lower than their levels a year ago.

The water level of Lake Superior is two inches higher than one year ago while Lakes Michigan and Huron are 13 inches lower.  more...



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Community eyes alternative dredging means

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Last week’s news that the Saugatuck-Douglas harbor was not among 49 named by the State Waterways Commission to split $21 million in grants for emergency dredging went over here like the silt that flow in from upstream yearly.

The state funds were designated for harbors of refuge and recreational harbors that offer municipal marinas or state facilities, Michigan Department of Natural Resources programs and grants unit manager Bill Boik told The Commercial Record Feb. 10. Kalamazoo Lake marinas are all private.  more...


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Schooner SULTANA seeks Chief Mate

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Posted By Tanya Banks-Christensen on 2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM   |  Last Edited By NAAEE Staff on 2/15/2013 3:01:26 PM

The schooner SULTANA is currently seeking a Chief Mate for its 2013 sailing season. Employment for this position begins in late February and can continue through late December.  During the 2013 season, SULTANA will travel the full length of the Chesapeake Bay, visiting numerous ports in both Maryland and Virginia.  SULTANA will work with over 4,500 students and teachers doing educational day sails as well as week long live aboard programs.    more

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Great Lakes shipping industry sees increased cargo levels

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A view of some tugboats assisting a 579-foot McKee Sons freighter stuck in the Trenton Channel next to Grosse Ile.As industrial operations across the country spring back to life after the recession, the Great Lakes shipping industry has seen an uptick in cargo levels.

At the same time, there are several factors that could threaten the rebound, including problems with low lake levels and dredging of waterways.

U.S.-flag ships working on the Great Lakes carried 89.5 million tons of materials last year, and while that's down 14 percent from 2007, in 2011 it was down 4.6 percent.  more...



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Lake Ontario still wide open and warmer than average

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As long as the Great Lakes are open (relatively free of ice), then they can produce snow. And not only are the Great Lakes largely free of ice right now, (Satellite image above is from February 10, 2013.) but for the winter so far, they have been generally running above average in temperature.  more...


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Cruise ship visit to Saugatuck in jeopardy due to low water levels

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The second season of a cruise ship’s visit to Saugatuck could be in jeopardy because of low water levels.

The Yorktown is scheduled to visit the city seven times this year.

“I do not believe that there is enough water depth in our federally authorized channel for the ship to enter our port especially where our channel enters Lake Michigan,” Felicia Fairchild, executive director of the Saugatuck Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau, wrote in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder.  more...



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