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Bay City boat builder, sailor Jan C. Gougeon dies at 67

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Jan C. Gougeon's love of sailing and boat building helped him and his brother, Meade Gougeon, launch GouGougeon+Brothers+1975.JPGgeon Bros., a marine epoxy business that eventually would sell products to all parts of the world, and a sailing career that would launch Jan Gougeon forever into the record books. 

Gougeon died Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Ann Arbor after a long battle with respiratory issues. He was 67.


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A stay at historic Lake Ontario lighthouse to be prize on Price is Right

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An episode of the popular game show The Price is Right will feature the historic Braddock Point Lighthouse bed and breakfast as a prize destination.

The Victorian-era Lake Ontario lighthouse caters to visitors from across world and is one of a handful of lighthouses still in use by the U.S. Coast Guard, said Nandy Town, the establishment’s innkeeper.  more...



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Lock Closures Snarl Mississippi River Barge Traffic

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Last week, the 1,200 foot-long main chamber of Mississippi River Locks 27 near St. Louis, MO was closed for repairs.  Mississippi River barge traffic can still transit Locks 27, but only through the smaller, 600 foot-long auxiliary lock.  This closure is expected to cause significant delays until the main chamber is reopened on or about March 1.   

At the same time, barge traffic between the Arkansas River and the Mississippi River has been stopped at the 10-mile section of the White River that connects the Arkansas River and the Mississippi River due to the closure of Montgomery Point Lock on the White River.  The Montgomery Point Lock may reopen between December 16 and 21, after repairs have been completed.  more...



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Long Term Review: Adanac Greenland Paddle

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About a year ago Jill Ellis from Adanac Paddles contacted me to see if I would be interested in testing a new p

Adanac Paddles Greenland Paddle

rototype Greenland paddle design she was working on. I quickly yes so when the paddle was ready I was invited to come and visit her woodworking shop in the booming city of Dover Centre, Ontario (population 11 people).

One of the things that I learned while visiting Adanac Paddles world headquarters was that every single paddle is custom made to order. When an order submitted, Jill contacts the buyer and asks for a variety of measurements including the arm span, elbow to wrist length, elbow to fingertip, as well as the diameter of your first finger and thumb when doing the "OK" symbol.  more...



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Hamilton’s McKeil Marine floating on a wave of momentum

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Crowds in the thousands lined the Welland Canal and news outlets from all over the country paid attention as McKeil Marine towed a decommissioned submarine from Nova Scotia to a museum in Port Burwell. The Daily Planet science show on the Discovery Channel even did a segment on the massive move.

But this bustling and growing Hamilton company isn’t used to that kind of spotlight.

“Normally we do our business with no one seeing or hearing about it or even knowing we exist,” said company president Steve Fletcher.  more...



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Asian carp seizure at Ambassador Bridge sees U.S. company fined $30,000

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A US company fined $30,000 for importing live Asian carp into Ontario. (The Windsor Star-Ministry of Natural Resources Handout)

An Indiana company pleaded guilty Thursday in Windsor of possessing live invasive Asian carp and has been fined $30,000.

The fish importing company Phoenix Fish Farms LLC  also had to forfeit to the Crown 1,179 kilograms of seized bighead and grass carp.

“If they ever purposefully or accidentally got released the consequences would be severe and we don’t want to get there,” Kevin Sprague, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer with the Lake Erie enforcement unit, said Thursday.  more...



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NY agency stocks herring into Lake Ontario

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State wildlife biologists are stocking native herring in Lake Ontario near Rochester this week to provide nutritious prey for trout and salmon.

New York Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens says re-establishing spawning populations of lake herring will diversify the prey fish community and add stability to the lake's ecosystem.

The state agency recently stocked another native prey fish, the bloater, into Lake Ontario. more...



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MSU lifts fishing ban for portion of Red Cedar

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Coho and Chinook salmon run up the Red Cedar River in the fall, steelhead in the spring. The portion of the river that meanders through Michigan State University’s campus supports healthy numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegills and sunfish and walleye.

But, for decades, the riverbanks on campus have been closed to anglers. They are now open, at least in part.

The change, approved by the university’s Board of Trustees last week, came after a push by conservation groups and by Tim Nichols, a member of the state’s Natural Resources Commission, who approached Trustee Dianne Byrum over the summer.  more...


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Better Know a Viperer: Lee Shuckerow

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With the holidays here, we decided to bring back the Better Know a Viperer series as a present to everyone in the class and to give folks something to read if they're tired of watching Christmas specials and college football bowl games.  The only natural choice to break this spell was Viper 640 supercrew Lee Shuckerow.  While a co-owner of Jackpot, Lee is most often found in the front of the boat, where he has crossed the finish-line ahead of teammates Brad Boston and Eric Vigrass in each of their three Viper North American championship titles.  To find out what makes Jackpot tick and to address rumors that Lee doesn't know what the tiller looks like, we sat down with Shuck over a pitcher of Labatt's...  more...


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Frostbiting: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
 
That chorus keeps running through my head because it's the holiday season. Cold weather is settling over the mid-Atlantic, the leaves are gone from the trees, and there is talk of snow and freeze warnings from weather forecasters. It's my favorite time of the year, so of course I am excited. But my enthusiasm and anticipation has little to do with a fat, bearded, old guy in a red suit, or mistletoe, or presents. Instead, for me (and a small minority of Lasering oddballs) this is a joyous time of year because the arrival of winter means the arrival of the Laser frostbiting season. And that means drysuits, short-course racing, blustery winds, and Sundays well-spent.  more...


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Successful year for the Chicago Match Race Center

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As 2012 comes to a close, the Chicago Match Race Center can look back on a phenomenal year. A total of thirteen events spread from February through October offered sailors, sponsors and spectators the full spectrum of match race sailing, from the one-day intramural Grade 5 level regattas to the Grade WC $100,000 prize money Chicago Match Cup, the only US stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour. In all, 60 different teams representing 15 countries competed at CMRC this season.
 
Nowhere else in the world offers such a breadth and depth of match race sailing, which is why CMRC attracted dozens of teams from around the US and around the world to come to train and race either at CMRC's Belmont Harbor base or the spectacular race venue at Navy Pier.   more...


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Liquid assets: We begin a series on the water that sustains us all

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Regional water wonderland

Though it is often taken for granted, Southeast Michigan is a Great Lakes metropolis. It is time to rethink our defining assets and rebrand ourselves as a freshwater capital.
 
Our region is situated in the heart of a water system that accounts for 84 percent of the surface fresh water found in North America and 21 percent of the world’s freshwater supply. Detroit's geography gives it a competitive edge over other major metropolitan areas and economic development potential of which few can dream. A new movement to protect, restore, and capitalize on our fresh water uniqueness is emerging, though it has yet to be named.   more...


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LMC: SS Badger will sail in 2013

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The SS Badger will sail next spring even if the EPA doesn’t rule by then on Lake Michigan Carferry’s request for NPDES permit, the company says. The Badger’s current permit, issued in 2008 when the EPA for the first time required it to permit the discharge, nominally expires today. “The Badger will be running in 2013,” according to an LMC statement issued Tuesday evening in response to a Ludington Daily News question. “We continue to work with EPA so that it can issue the draft permit as soon as possible. Under EPA regulations, and the current VGP (vessel general permit), even if the permit is not issued before next season, the current permit is automatically extended until a final decision on a draft permit is made.”  more...


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U.S. Department of Energy to fund Lake Erie offshore wind farms

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Lake Erie is among seven locations nationwide to receive new offshore wind investments from the U.S. Department of Energy.
 
The department recently announced $168 million for different projects to demonstrate technological development, reduce costs of wind energy, and ultimately add jobs.
 
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corp., a public-private partnership, could receive up to $47 million to install nine 3-megawatt wind turbines seven miles off the coast of Cleveland, Ohio.  more...


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Milwaukee aldermen urge separation of Chicago River, Mississippi basin

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The Milwaukee Common Council has had enough of the Chicago River and the threat it poses to all of the Great Lakes. The council passed a unanimous resolution Tuesday that calls for separating the Chicago River system from the Asian carp-infested Mississippi River basin, and the leader of a group representing the region's mayors said he expects other Great Lakes cities to follow suit. more...


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