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Minnesota lawmakers move to halt Asian carp, but get little support

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The bad news for Minnesotans worried about the Asian carp's potential spread into the Great Lakes is that their preferred method of stopping the fish -- closing the locks on the Chicago River -- seems now even more of a long shot than once it was.   more...


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Muskegon River salmon release program brings nature to classroom

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The Muskegon River has 48 new residents thanks to a group of sixth-grade students at Fruitport Middle School who raised chinook salmon as part of the Salmon in the Classroom partnership with the MI Department of Natural Resources and Environment.  more...


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Emotion Kayaks Receives Outside Magazine's "Gear of the Year"

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Emotion Kayaks, manufacturer of exceptional recreational kayaks and accessories, proudly announces the Emotion Comet as Outside Magazine’s 2010 “Gear of the Year” award. This is the first time a recreational kayak has ever won this award.

The Comet is a sit-inside kayak with key features like Emotion’s signature paddle keeper ledges, but at an incredible value. These boats are made in the USA, pairing affordability with exceptional performance. The Comet retails for $279 and is 8’3” weighing in at 38 pounds making it easy to launch, store and stable to paddle.   more...


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Six Boating Safety Tips From BoatUS

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Boating Season Now in Full Swing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. June 2, 2010 - On waterways across the country, boating season begins this week. To help boaters and anglers brush up on their boating safety, the BoatUS Foundation has these six tips: more

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Five Ways To Celebrate National Fishing And Boating Week June 5-13

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 3, 2010 -- With National Fishing and Boating Week June 5-13, BoatUS has five easy ways to celebrate the week and inspire families and friends to head out to the water:

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Go fishing for free: In honor of this special week, many states offer one or more days where anglers won't need a license to fish. Go to BoatUS Angler message boards where you'll find free fishing days and events posted for your region of the country. more

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What the EPA is Not Telling You About Recent "No Discharge Zone" for Erie Canal

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One week ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) heralded a new "No Discharge Zone" for New York's storied 524-mile Erie Canal System. This means "boats are banned from discharging sewage in the canals," said the 5/27/10 EPA press release. more

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Beach bacteria battle goes high-tech

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Confronting an almost unwinnable battle against E. coli and other bacteria on public beaches, Chicago and some of its suburbs have taken the fight into the digital age.  more...


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Cormorants gobbling up perch

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Cormorants have an insatiable appetite for perch and walleye, and just about any other species of fish they can find in shallow waters from inland lakes to the Great Lakes. "They have become detrimental to the fish population and have become a nuisance animal," said a resident who lives on Lake St. Clair.  more...


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Cleaner beaches add up to more tourist dollars

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The value of clean beaches is just one thing being singled out by the federal government as a reason for recently announced national standards for the treatment of sewage in Canada's 3,700 municipal sewage treatment plants. The proposed Wastewater System Effluent regulations will, when passed, require 949 Canadian municipalities to upgrade their sewage systems.  more...


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Great Lakes water levels alarmingly low, officials say

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After a winter of next-to-no snow, water levels all across the Great Lakes are down this spring, something government and business experts say could have an impact on the environment and the economy. The Canadian Hydrographic Service issued a warning that water levels were at potentially dangerous levels on the lakes system.  more...


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Skill Acquisition & Falling Off a Windsurfer

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skill acquisition principles applied to windsurfingMost of my research for this article involved me spending a lot of the summer falling off a windsurfer. My goal was to teach myself a new skill - how to windsurf. It is quite rare as adults we take on the challenge of a mastering a new skill from scratch. When was the last time you learnt a skill from scratch? Sometimes we tend to avoid it due to the fear of looking silly or the time it would take to learn. more...


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New Festival to Encourage Boating and Outdoor Recreation

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May 27, 2010 – Livonia, Mich. -- The 1st Annual Boating & Outdoor Recreation Festival is scheduled for September 22 – 26, at Metro Beach Metropark in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.  This “all new” in-water boat show will feature boats on shore and in the water, as well as many other outdoor recreation exhibits catering to the millions of outdoor minded individuals in Michigan and surrounding states. more

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Flagship might sail elsewhere: Highlander Sea's future uncertain

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The tall ship Highlander Sea, a longtime symbol of Port Huron, is not expected to hit the waves this summer. What's more, its time representing the city could be winding down.  more...


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Ludington City Council to consider asking legislators to require community approval for offshore wind farms

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Ludington's city council is scheduled to consider asking the Michigan Legislature to require community approval for any offshore wind farms before granting approval for those wind farms.  more...


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Inaugural Let's Go Paddling Month launches June 1

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Let's Go Paddling LogoKayak and Canoe teaching centers around the country are rallying to shine a spotlight on paddlesports next month as part of a nationwide grass roots initiative to get more people padding more often.  more...


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