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Oakcliff International Grade 2 - New Zealand's Will Tiller victorious

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At the 2012 Oakcliff International Grade 2, Will Tiller and Team Full Metal Jacket sailed to a decisive win in the final over Krzysztof Rosinski of Poland who ended up second and Nicolai Sehested who came in third. Tiller is part of the youngest team in the top 20 on the World Match Racing Circuit.  more...


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NZL 1348 wins North American Etchells Championships

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Andrew 'Willzy' Wills, Anatole Masfen and Dirk Kneulman won the North American Championships, hosted by the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI from September 4-8, 2012.

After discarding a ninth place in the seventh and final race, NZL 1348 finished with 14 points overall - less than half the points of second-placed Argyle Campbell in USA 1375 (29 points overall).

Australian Mark Johnson in AUS 102 finished third with 36 points overall, in a fleet of 25 boats that included Americans, Canadians and a Bahamian entry.  more...


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Great Lakes drownings: 89 so far this year

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BEULAH — Jackie Kovacs went to Peterson Beach in Benzie County for swimming and sun, but she ended up barely surviving a nightmare of rip currents.

It's a story all too familiar in Lake Michigan coastal communities: Kovacs, a tourist from Lombard, Ill., watched in horror Aug. 5 as a menacing Lake Michigan rip current swept her 10-year-old granddaughter from the shoreline. Kovacs rushed into the water to rescue the child, and the current gripped her, too.

Kovacs and her granddaughter were rescued from their frightening ordeal, but Ohio tourist Kevin Patrick Schlake, 40, was not so lucky. Three hours later, he became one of 89 people to drown in the Great Lakes this year when he fell victim to the same merciless currents at Peterson Beach.  more...


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Sailing Grows at the Boating & Outdoor Festival

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Livonia, Mich., September 5, 2012 – With more exhibitors and more sailboats than the year prior, sailing participation is growing at this year’s Boating & Outdoor Festival and in the entire Great Lakes region as well.

At this year’s Boating & Outdoor Festival, a special sailing section will features boats from 6ft to more than 35 ft. in length, including Hartley Boats, Sunfish, Laser, Hobie Cat, Catalina, Hunter, J-Boats and more.  Also included in the sailing section will be model sailboat regattas, seminars, sailing schools, and new product introductions.

“Small boat sailing is coming back,” said NP Boats Nick Seraphinoff.  “It is very popular in England and the popularity is spreading here in the states again.”  NP Boats is bringing to the Festival four newly designed Hartley boats including a very popular redesigned Wayfarer.  “The advantages of small boat sailing means you don’t have to scramble to find a crew.  Your family is your crew,” said Seraphinoff.  more

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Anglers could help effort to find out if Asian carp are in Lake Erie

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Officials from Michigan and Ohio are ramping up efforts to find out if any live Asian carp are in western Lake Erie – and they’d like anglers to help out by providing any information they might turn up.

A round of recent water samples from the Sandusky Bay and Sandusky River – the results of which were announced this week -- included some that tested positive for the presence of Asian carp environmental DNA. Those are in addition to older, previously announced water samples that had tested positive for carp eDNA from Sandusky Bay in Ohio waters and north Maumee Bay in Michigan waters.  more...



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Tumor-ridden catfish cause concern over bay's safety

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ERIE -- Brown bullhead catfish -- mud-colored, blunt-headed and bewhiskered -- aren't the prettiest of fish under normal circumstances. Add the cancerous blood-red lesions and tumors dotting the skin of many bullheads in Presque Isle Bay, and they get ugly enough to make even a seasoned fisherman turn away.

That's just what the state Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to do by proposing to remove the bay from an international list of places impaired by pollution, according to scientists, academics and health officials who have studied the bullhead problem for more than two decades and anglers who have caught the bottom-hugging catfish for longer than that.

But all that studying hasn't determined why the bay's bullhead are getting the tumors.  more...



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Kites Over Lake Michigan: Wow!

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Kites over Lake Michigan made a big splash over the weekend in Two Rivers.

After a while, you run out of superlatives to describe the annual kite festival that turns Two Rivers’ Lake Michigan beach into a visual feast, with the air over the sand and water filled with kites of every color, size and description.

All to the delight of thousands of attendees, who linger to watch the kites, catch a few late summer rays, and play in the cooling waters of the big lake.

The 2012 edition of Kites Over Lake Michigan is now in the record books, and words don’t do it justice; you had to be there. Wow!  more...


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State Rep. Anthony Forlini to Host Water Quality Town Hall

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State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, will hold a town Wednesday to discuss water quality and a review of the lake muck which has accumulated along the waterfront.

Three water quality specialists will be providing an update tonight on water testing of Lake St. Clair during the summer of 2011 by Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The testing, done at the urging of State Rep. Anthony Forlini, R-Harrison Township, was conducted after residents reported a buildup of muck along the waterfront.

Initial reports in 2011 by the Department of Environmental Quality determined the muck along the shoreline was caused by algae and is found throughout the Great Lakes region.  more...




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Letter from Lake Michigan: Saying farewell to a much-loved old ferry

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map of Lake Michigan carferry coal ash discharge

One night in August I unrolled a sleeping bag for the best four hours of sleep in recent memory. The sky was clear, the winds were light and the S.S. Badger, whose open upper deck has become a favorite accommodation, was gliding over the waves toward Ludington, Mich. I could tell by the stars overhead.

Monday morning, coming back, I watched with a heavy heart as the Wisconsin shoreline came into view. I was thinking this was probably my last trip on the old ferryboat.

After decades of special treatment under the nation’s pollution laws, the coal-burning Badger may have to shut down when its 2012 season ends in October. more...



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Tens of thousands of dead fish stink up Lake Erie shore

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Tens of thousands of dead fish stink up Lake Erie shoreT

ens of thousands of dead fish have washed up on a 25-mile stretch of Lake Erie's northern shore, and Ontario environmental officials say they could be victims of a natural phenomenon called a lake inversion.

The inversion brings cold water, which has lower oxygen levels, to the lake's surface and fish suffocate.

"Essentially it's a rolling over of the lake," Ontario Ministry of the Environment spokeswoman Kate Jordan told The Chatham Daily News. "Something whether it be a storm, or cooler temperatures at night, or strong winds triggers a temperature change in the lake."  more...



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Lakes Huron, Michigan to approach record lows, 25 inches below normal

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Low water levels have a wide range of negative impacts, including less commercial shipping and recreational boating.D

etroit — Lakes Huron and Michigan this winter are likely to approach or set record low water levels, a new report predicts.

By December, the two lakes are likely to be just above, at or just below record lows of 1964-65, according to the 6-month projections of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"The entire Great Lakes basin received below average precipitation for the month of August," the report said. "Precipitation levels for the Superior and Ontario basins were especially low."

An abnormally dry winter followed by a summer drought sent all Great Lakes levels plummeting, but none as significantly as Huron and Michigan. Those lakes are replenished not only by rainfall, but outflow from Lake Superior.  more...



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Asian carp threaten balance in the Great Lakes

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“Jaws,” the 1970s horror classic, lured record audiences into theaters and sent terrified beach buffs scurrying out of the water. Fortunately, freshwater rivers and lakes offered water-lovers a refuge from any menacing creatures lurking beneath the surface.

Times have changed.

On a clear autumn day in 1994, Marcy Poplett was idling her personal watercraft on the Illinois River and enjoying the gold and auburn leaves along the shore when a silver carp leapt from the water and smacked her between the eyes. Unconscious and bleeding profusely, she fell off the craft and began drifting downstream in the current. She revived just in time to see a towboat headed toward her. The towboat’s horn blasted a warning and a nearby boater rescued Poplett, who suffered multiple injuries including a concussion and a broken nose.  more...



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Fish meetings mainly historical

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TRAVERSE CITY — Fish passage up Great Lakes river systems is a hotly contested topic.

But meetings on the subject this week at the Hagerty Center seemed more like history and science lessons for the 80 to 100 people who attended.

Dave Downer, a Boardman River resident, said he attended because he's concerned about what will happen if lake-run Great Lakes fish like Pacific salmon and other species are allowed farther upstream when Sabin, Brown Bridge and Boardman dams are removed. Brown Bridge Dam is being dismantled now and the other two structures are slated for removal by 2015 as part of the massive Boardman River restoration project.  more...


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Ind. signs onto Lake Michigan salmon stocking cuts

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Indiana has signed onto a multi-state plan to improve Lake Michigan's ecosystem by reducing the amount of Chinook salmon stocked in the lake.

The plan calls for Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin to cut the number of salmon the four states release annually into the lake from 3.3 million to 1.7 million.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will cut its annual Chinook salmon stocking by 25,000 fish, or 11 percent, under the cuts announced this week by the Lake Michigan Committee. more...


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/31/4775101/ind-signs-onto-lake-michigan-salmon.html#storylink=cpy


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