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Asian carp won’t be stopped by commercial fishing

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Stopping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes is not the only Asian carp research going on with the invasive species.
 
Dr. Brian Roth of Michigan State University and his colleagues looked at areas where the carp are established and whether commercial fishing could eradicate them over time.   more...


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Museum prepares for centennial of 1913 Great Lakes storm that left more than 250 dead

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The Great Lakes Storm of 1913 claimed more than 250 lives from Nov. 7 through Nov. 10, 1913. A century later, the Port Huron Museum has plans to commemorate the storm’s centennial on an international scale.
 
The Port Huron Museum will observe the 100th anniversary this fall with memorials, re-enactments and a special exhibit dedicated to the storm’s impact on the Blue Water Area.
 
“Its maybe the biggest undertaking we’ve had in a very long time at the museum,” Susan Bennett, museum executive director, said.  more...


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Waiting For Dredging, Great Lakes Ports Close As Water Drops

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Shipping companies are making a case to Congress for more money to dredge Great Lakes ports and waterways. With water levels near a record low, ports are losing the battle against sediment.

Picture a football field with dirt piled a mile and a half high. That’s how much the backlog of dredging is in the Great Lakes. Lake Carriers Association Vice-President Glen Neckvasil says the Army Corps of Engineers has had enough money to keep pace with sediment in only six of the last 25 years. He says this means lakers are sailing with light loads: “... extremely so. Right now, looking at the end of December there, ships — that if the water levels were high, it could carry 72,000 tons of cargo — were carrying less than 61,000 tons.” more...


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‘Free lunch’ to halt at city’s Skyway Marina

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Boaters looking this summer for free mooring at the Toledo Skyway Marina in East Toledo could be out of luck.
 
The Bell administration is planning to end that freebie with the hiring of a dockmaster to run the 77-slip marina off Front Street in East Toledo. The venue is part of the city's Marina District development along the Maumee River.
 
For the last three seasons, people have docked vessels on a first-come, first-served basis at the city's $6.3 million marina for free — complete with water and electricity hookups.  more...


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Seeking volunteer lighthouse keepers to run lakeshore lighthouses

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The Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association is looking for volunteers to help at the areas light stations. Interested parties should visit the website, www.splka.org for an application. Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association (SPLKA) is seeking volunteer lighthouse keepers to operate its four historic structures.
 
SPLKA is a Ludington-based nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve Michigan's maritime history by promoting and restoring four lighthouses located between Whitehall and Ludington along Lake Michigan.
 
Since 1987, when local Ludington volunteers helped to save Big Sable Point from rising lake levels, SPLKA has been working hard to promote West Michigan's lighthouse restoration. more...


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Offshore Wind: Enormous Potential, Huge Challenges

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Last month I visited the Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown, MA, just outside of Boston.  With me were executives from American Superconductor (AMSC) and Blade Dynamics (BD).  They were in Charlestown to observe the testing process of a new blade design that BD is working to commercialize.  As we watched the blade  being bent back and forth – we saw perhaps a few thousand of the two million movements the blade would undergo this month – these two execs gave me a good insight into the continually developing world of windpower and some of the trends we should expect to see in the near future. more...


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Canada’s first centre dedicated to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water to open in Saint John, NB

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Canada’s waterways will have a stronger voice in 2013, with the creation of a new water-oriented arts and education facility in the nation’s oldest city. Inspired by the work of Waterkeepers and other grassroots, community-oriented organizations, the centre will promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water through community-building, information sharing, research, and leadership development.  more...


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Wind Power at the Port of Milwaukee Pays Dividends

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The wind turbine that towers above the headquarters building of the Port of Milwaukee is more than a symbol of Milwaukee's leadership in the transportation of wind energy components or the Port's commitment to clean energy and protecting the environment.  The working wind turbine at the Port is paying dividends to city taxpayers as it produces significantly more electricity than the administration building requires.  The surplus electricity is sold for use by other utility customers.  more...


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An Interesting Look At the Soo Locks

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The Daily Journal of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. more...


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MELGES AT STRICTLY SAIL CHICAGO

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Melges will be on display at this year's Strictly Sail Show in Chicago, January 24-27. Melges will occupy Space #230 at Chicago's Navy Pier. Melges will feature the Audi Melges 20, the Melges MC and the Melges 29er Skiff. The show is a great time to see these popular Melges products up close. more...


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Trying to predict the future of the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes are incredibly complex. There are just a lot of moving parts.

A new project is taking on a giant task... to try to predict the future of the Great Lakes and what we might want the region to look like.

21 research institutions from the U.S. and Canada are collaborating on the Great Lakes Futures Project

It’s not just a classroom exercise.  Along with researchers and grad students, government officials from the U.S. and Canada are involved, and so are industry and environmental groups.  more...



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Grand Haven now owns 2 lighthouses

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) - The city of Grand Haven officially is the legal owner of two lighthouses on the city's south pier leading out to Lake Michigan.

City manager Pat McGinnis tells WGHN the deed from the U.S. Coast Guard arrived last month.

The radio station reports Thursday that a formal deed transfer ceremony will take place during a dinner in a couple of months.  more...


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Concerns rise as lakes fall

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According to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers data, Lake Michigan reached a record average low water level of 576.07 feet above sea level this month. The previous low was 576.1 feet in 1965.

“Is there any water?” said Spring Lake Township Supervisor John Nash, who also serves as president of the Spring Lake Lake Board. “At my dock, the water is way past the dock. I’ve never seen it like that.”

Nash noted that the decrease in water levels has an impact on the local economy, as every inch of water lost results in increased shipping costs.  more...



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Health Of Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River Topic Of 'Public Eye'

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When it comes to the overall health of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario is the worst.

That's what a three-year study found performed by the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping project.

It's the topic of Friday's Public Eye on WPBS-TV.

The map takes data from more than 30 different pollutants, or stressors, that are in the Great Lakes, like invasive species, algae and run-offs from farms.  more...




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After 20 years, Maumee Bay starts to freeze again

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Oregon Councilwoman Sandy Bihn, who is also Western Lake Erie Waterkeeper, said winter activities on Maumee Bay once enjoyed by residents are now returning, thanks to cooler temperatures and less heated water being discharged from FirstEnergy’s power plant on Bay Shore Road.

“Most of the Oregon shoreline along Maumee Bay is freezing - at least for now.  What a treat,” said Bihn. “We may be able to once again skate, ice fish, etc.” 

When Bihn’s family moved to their current home on Bay Shore Road in 1987, the ice on the bay was thick.

“We were able to go out on the ice and walk along the shoreline on ice.  It was great,” she said.  “But all of a sudden, we couldn’t do it anymore.”  more...



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