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Key West Race Week Prepares For Melges 24 Reboot

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Key West Race Week 2013 (20-25 January) is preparing for a reboot of the Melges 24 Class at this Classic U.S. Winter Regatta.  For the past couple of seasons the Melges 24 entries (along with those of many other classes) have been down at Key West, but this year the Melges 24 fleet is working to galvanize the teams and ensure that the Melges 24 has a really strong presence at this "global shop window" regatta.  more ....


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Brian Porter and Full Throttle Masterfully Win The 2012 Melges 24 Fall Championship Regatta

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The 2012 Melges 24 Fall Championship hosted by Lake Geneva Yacht Club proved to be a huge success with plenty of competitive racing and great social events. A strong fleet of 24 boats from 6 different states traveled to Lake Geneva to compete for top honors. An ambitious 7 races were scheduled for the two day event. Lake Geneva kept her promise the first day with winds out of the Northwest 18-20 mph with the shoreline scenery in peak Fall color. PRO Mike Sherin and the competitors kept the racing on the water as there were only one set of letters (DNC) posted on the final results.  more...


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Enlisting earthworms to fight Great Lakes algae

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Cover crops have become a key ally in the Great Lakes region’s war against nutrient-enriched runoff that grows algae in the lakes and its tributaries.

But so have one of soil’s most ancient and mysterious creatures: earthworms.

The dynamics between earthworms and an important layer of soil just beneath the surface is one of nature’s most fascinating out-of-sight, out-of-mind stories of nesting behaviors that make near-shore land more fertile and productive while also providing more passageways for water to seep in. That helps reduce runoff.  more...



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Drought may shorten Great Lakes fall tourism

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A drought-shortened color season may blunt the impact of  Great Lakes fall tourism.

Stress induced by the dry summer may have leaves starting to fall a week or so earlier than normal, said Bert Cregg, a professor at Michigan State University’s Department of Forestry.

“I would say this past week and the weekend coming up are going to be the peak [in color],” he said referring to Michigan.

The truncated season has some tourism officials concerned.  more...



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On the Great Lakes, a Dry Summer Slows a Recovering Shipping Industry

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Robert Ginn / Getty ImagesLow water levels on the Mississippi River, which have snarled cargo traffic and completely halted hundreds of barges at a time, got most of the media attention during this year’s arid summer. But the weird weather is also having a severe impact on those making a living transporting goods in the Great Lakes region.  more...


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White bass are running wild in Lake Michigan

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Chris Barcelona knows goofy fish on Lake Michigan. Working years at Chicago’s water filtration plant will do that.

But even he can be surprised. Say, by a white bass run on Lake Michigan off downtown Chicago.

“I worked the south filtration plant for 25 years and know every inch of the South Side end of the lake and caught three-foot salamanders to anything you can name,’’ Barcelona said. ‘‘When we dropped the intake basins, there would be gar and buffalo that were five-feet long because they lived their whole lives in there. I caught everything out of that lake.’’  more...



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Feds back research to stop Great Lakes invasions

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Federal grants will support stepped-up research into ways to prevent invasions of the Great Lakes by foreign animal and plant species, with special emphasis on refining techniques that detect their DNA in the water, officials said Tuesday.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it was distributing $8 million among 21 universities and nonprofit organizations for invasive species research studies. In addition to warding off future attacks, the projects will develop alarms to signal when invasions are starting and new methods of controlling those already under way.   more...



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Wilson Wins CMRC Autumn B Grade 3

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Wilson holds the lead on Lake Michigan
Chicago-based don Wilson defeated Tyler Rice (ISV) 3-1 in an exciting CMCR Autumn B regatta final at the Chicago Match Race Center, USA. The victory us his second ISAF Grade 3 of the season after taking the honuors at CMRC's Spring Invitational in May."These two Grade 3 events were similar with a broad range of conditions," said Wilson. "Even though new teams were added to the field, I thought the competition was very similar. As a team we got better every day and definitely peaked at the right time."  more...


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Some see dollar signs in invasive fish

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 In 1673, French explorer Père Marquette traveled down the Illinois River. In his journal, he wrote of encounters with "monstrous fish" so large they nearly overturned his canoe. In all likelihood the fish Marquette was talking about were channel catfish, but nearly 340 years later another monster now harasses boaters on the Illinois -– the Asian Carp.
 
"Oh everybody hates ‘em, except for people that shoot ‘em and stuff like that. I hate ‘em when I’m trying to tube with my kids, but then when we’re trying to shoot ‘em I like them. So it’s a love-hate thing," said Josh Havens, a fisherman.  more...


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No surprises in most recent sea lamprey study

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A surveying crew checking into sea lamprey populations in a few Presque Isle County streams found no surprises in a recent survey, and efforts to keep the parasite from breeding in the upper reaches of one river continue to show positive results.
 
Aaron Jubar, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish biologist, said surveys conducted between Sept. 11-20 in Northeast Michigan showed populations of sea lamprey larvae to be mostly under control.
 
"We did not find anything that would need a treatment sooner than what we might be expecting," he said.  more...


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Why So Many Waterspouts in the Great Lakes?

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There have been dozens of sightings of waterspouts on the Great Lakes over the past several weeks. While waterspouts are a common occurrence across the lakes this time of year, their frequency this year is unprecedented.

A record 154 waterspouts have been sighted on the Great Lakes, meteorologist Wade Szilagyi told NBC News on Monday. Szilagyi is head of Canada's International Centre for Waterspout Research. Records have been kept by the Canadian research service since 1994.  more...


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BPAC notes cleaner river

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The waters of the St. Clair River run a little clearer and cleaner than they did decades ago, and recent action from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows it.
 
The EPA recently removed two impairments from the St. Clair River area of concern designation — the degradation of aesthetics and added costs to agriculture and industry.
 
“There is a lot of really exciting stuff happening around the river right now,” said Patty Troy, U.S. co-chairwoman of the Binational Public Advisory Council. “A lot of these impairments are interrelated. The problems that are causing one impairment also impact another.”  more...


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Locals want action on water levels

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COLLINGWOOD – A group of local residents has come together to lobby Georgian Bay politicians to take action on the low water levels in Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.
 
Al Truscott, who has lived on Georgian Bay for more than 20 years, says it's the worst he's ever seen and it's going to get worse.
 
"The American Army Corps of Engineers is predicting that the water level in Lake Huron is going to match, and go below, the historic low of 1964," said Truscott in an interview this week. more...


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Samba Pa Ti Crowned 2012 Melges 32 World Champion

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The final day of competition at the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC), had spectators on the edge of their seats for the last race of the ten part racing series. John Kilroy, Jr. on Samba Pa Ti triumphed over the thirty-three strong fleet to claim the class' most coveted trophy and title — that of Melges 32 World Champion.

"We've worked so hard for so long to accomplish this." commented Kilroy during the awards ceremony. "We won in Key West, then felt as though we were a little off track. Officially, we are back where we need to be with this incredible win, a win I consider one of the most treasured I have ever won."  more...



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Championship of Champions - Ed Eckert emerges victorious

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At Sunday’s finale at the Championship of Champions in Wisconsin, in what appeared to be a runaway for the 2012 C-Scow National Champion Ed Eckert, the 2011 E-Scow National Champion August Barkow, had other plans. Barkow chipped away at Eckert’s 19 point lead from the start of today’s racing. However, his late surge came up just short as Eckert held on for the victory by two points.  more...


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