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Commodore Perry's flag ship conquers Lake Erie again, nearly 200 years later

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Oliver Hazard Perry flag-transfer Oliver Hazard Perry Cabot finally got his wish to join the Navy of his illustrious ancestor Thursday, as he transferred a Don't Give Up the Ship flag to a modern frigate.

The ceremony, in Cleveland's inner harbor, paid homage to Commodore Perry's bold move in 1813 when he transferred command from the devastated brig Lawrence to the intact Niagara.

Cabot, of Jeffersonton, Va., said on the deck of the latest Niagara that "everyone in my family was Navy. I wanted to join," but eyesight was an issue. So he joined the Army, serving as an intelligence officer for 28 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. more...



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Shippers Keep Watchful Eye On Seaway Levels

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With water levels on the St. Lawrence Seaway near Montreal, Quebec, at their lowest levels in 10 years, shippers are keeping a close eye on the conditions.
 
St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation officials are continuing to monitor local water levels daily to determine whether any advisories should be issued to ships navigating the system along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. more...


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A 9-year-old Boy Died and Others Were Injured Off Duluth in Lake Superior

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Lightning flashed, hail fell and the wind roared as the mostly novice crew aboard a 26-foot boat pulled down the sails and motored for the Minnesota Point sand spit outside Duluth on Saturday evening.

Although they were doing everything right under the circumstances, lightning took a deadly toll as the sailors scrambled through knee-deep water on the spit, trying to hustle everyone to safety, Sgt. Wade Rasch of the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

“There was a blinding white light and they were all blown off their feet,” Rasch said. “They were hollering. It was chaotic.”

Skipper John Lintula, of South Range, Wis., told authorities that the lightning momentarily knocked him out and into the shallow water. Tragically, it also struck close to 9-year-old Luke Voigt, who later died in a Duluth hospital, Rasch said. Four others standing in water near the boy were hospitalized with serious burns.  more...



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Grand Rapids angler catches 25-pound Chinook on Lake Michigan; Are 30-pounders coming?

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large-salmon1.JPGA first-time salmon fisherman caught one of the largest – if not the largest – Chinook salmon of the year Sunday morning while fishing from a Muskegon-based charter boat on Lake Michigan.

Jeff Smith, 36, of Grand Rapids, reeled in the 25-pound King while fishing with four co-workers and friends on Steelhead Charters out of Pointe Marine in Muskegon. Smith, who has fished for mainly bass on and off for the last 15 years, said he is now hooked on salmon fishing. more...



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Rest, relaxation and maximum gain

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Most people who have cottages or camps have loads of good memories and great photos. Eventually they often have loads of cash, too.

In many parts of Canada, buying waterfront property has proven to be a profitable venture for the past couple of decades. Prices for recreational properties on the shores of lakes, oceans and rivers have soared. more...



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Man-made reef aids spawning fish

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Reseachers were able to show off the first success of a project Tuesday to restore spawning habitat in the St. Clair River’s Middle Channel for lake sturgeon and other native fish.“When we began to construct the reefs early this spring, we found sturgeon already starting to spawn,” said Mike Thomas, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries research biologist. “We want to rebuild spawning areas that have been lost on the lower St. Clair River. To have success like this before the project is even completed is a great sign.”  more...


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Lake St. Clair Metropark Receives $500,000 Grant to Improve Water Quality

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The Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority received a new $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant Tuesday to reduce the impact of storm water runoff at Lake St. Clair Metropark.

This is the second consecutive year the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a grant to help improve the water quality of Lake St. Clair.

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What’s SUP? Michigan state parks lure diverse users with Rec 101

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If you want to know if that latest fitness trend lives up to the hype, you can find out for free in Michigan’s state parks.

They’re offering more than just trail running.

Beginner kayaking, windsurfing, and even stand-up paddle boarding – what the Wall Street Journal recently referred to as the “fitness rage of the summer” – are just a few of the classes in Recreation 101. The program is designed to get people into state parks. Local outfitters volunteer their expertise and gear in beginner classes that also include archery, disc golf and orienteering.  more...



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Help Restore Waugoshance Lighthouse!

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The Waugoshance Lighthouse Preservation Society has the opportunity to obtain a 2 for 1 match from the Michigan Lighthouse Assistance Program in order to fund the completion of a Historic Structure Report. We need to submit this report to several federal entities before any renovation work can begin on the lighthouse. If we raise $10,000, the State program will double our amount and give us $20,000! The total $30,000, funded by our Indiegogo supporters (you!) and the State, will allow us to pay for the report and then begin renovation on this historic Lake Michigan lighthouse. Please join us in helping to restore Waugoshance!  more

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Chicago canal not the only possible carp invasion route

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The fight against an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes so far has been mostly focused on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, an artificial link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River basin.

There are 18 other potential connections between the Great Lakes and Asian carp-infested Mississippi River basin stretching from northern Minnesota to western New York, though they are considered medium- to low-risk for a carp invasion because the connections are vastly smaller, farther from existing carp populations or typically occur only when big floods hit.

At the top of that list of secondary pathways is an area in northern Indiana called Eagle Marsh, which separates the Mississippi basin's Wabash River from the Maumee River basin that feeds Lake Erie. The two watersheds have a history of merging in extreme rains, so to reduce the threat of carp making the jump into Lake Erie, the federal government has erected a fence between them.  more...



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White Lake fish as good as other lakes, but you shouldn't eat them every night

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LARGE MOUTH BASS.JPGYou shouldn’t eat fish from White Lake every night, but they’re no worse than fish from any other Michigan lake.

That was the conclusion from two samplings of White Lake fish done five years apart, according to Richard Rediske of Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute.

The restriction of fish consumption was one of eight “beneficial use impairments” found in White Lake when it was labeled a “Great Lakes Area of Concern” in 1985. To remove that impairment, studies had to show that the fish didn’t have any more contaminants in them than a comparable lake without White Lake’s history of pollution – not that they were safe for everyone to eat, Rediske said.  more...



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Farmers work to reduce fertilizer runoff contributing to algal blooms

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When Jerry Whipple was a boy, his grandfather and father impressed upon him the value of the land they farmed and their responsibility to it.

"They were very passionate about the soil," said Whipple, a third-generation farmer. "They said, 'Son, they don't make any more soil. We need to take care of it.'"

Today, Whipple farms 400 acres in the Oak Harbor area and grows corn, soybeans and wheat. He's never forgotten the words of his father and grandfather.  more...



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Thousands of fish dead in Cuyahoga River

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Thousands of fish were found dead in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife is reporting a fish kill in the Cuyahoga River.

About 2,000 dead fish, mostly minnows, suckers, and carp, were found by investigators this past weekend. The fish were in a fairly advanced state of decomposition, according to a source.  more...



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GLOS Launches New Boaters Forecast Tool for the St. Lawrence River

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he Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), working to coordinate and enhance the network of observations and data access in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system, announces the launch of its new Boaters Forecast: St. Lawrence River tool –data.glos.us/boaters. Developed for recreational boaters in the St. Lawrence River, the new tool provides information on water currents and depth to help boaters plan a safe and enjoyable boating day.The easy-to-use, web-based format was customized to address information needs specific to boaters on the St. Lawrence River, including information on marina and boat launch locations. “I enjoyed using the website. It was very straightforward,” said John Cannon, a St. Lawrence boater. “I will be using the information when boating in the 1000 Islands next week. This tool will be very helpful to anticipate changes in river conditions. Thanks!”  more...


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Moroun revives Harsens Island bridge plan

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Cars wait in line for the ferry back to the main land on Harsens Island on May 14, 2012.Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun may build a second bridge after all.

But this one wouldn't be to Canada.

Moroun's Detroit International Bridge Co. announced Wednesday it was ready to resurrect plans to build a bridge to Harsens Island, now that the owner of the island's lone car ferry service has said he plans to retire and shut his business down.

The bridge company already owns the necessary land on the mainland and the island, as part of an aborted plan to build a bridge about five years ago, said company President Dan Stamper. The company had talked to state officials and done most of the preliminary work, including pulling most of the necessary permits, Stamper said.  more...



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