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Rocks' images tell a thousand stories

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A small corner of Ontario's sprawling Lake Superior Provincial Park, Agawa Rock is a stunning link with the past and the region's native peoples.

Here, at the end of a 400-meter trail that tests legs and lungs, balance and bravery, images painted in red ochre on rock convey the power of the lake, the bravery of its Ojibwe (Chippewa or Anishinaabeg) people, their respect for things spiritual.

A sturgeon; a warrior-crewed canoe; the mythical, horned, lynx-like creature Misshepezhieu; perhaps clan symbols such as turtles, fish, bears and more: The visitor is left to fill in the details of what are almost certainly stories of identity, exploration, warfare and spirit intercession.

One can imagine First Nations (Native American) supplicants leaving gifts of tobacco, food and other items for the lake spirits called manitous.  more...



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Dropping lake levels around Michigan leave many feeling low

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Carim Calkins, 47, talks about the low water level on Middle Straits Lake in back of his West Bloomfield Township home. The lake level is so low, he bent the prop on his boat's motor on the lakebed. The low levels also have caused the lake's vegetation to explode, costing property owners, who had to pay to get it cut twice.The water level on Middle Straits Lake has been low before, but Carim Calkins doesn't remember it being so low this early in the year.

The water is so low, "I bent my prop," said Calkins, who lives on the West Bloomfield Township lake and owns a 22-foot deck boat. "As the water continues to drop, it's hard to get the boat out of the lift, and it's hard to get the boat out into the lake without hitting bottom."

In a state that claims 11,000 inland lakes, low lake levels are a source of concern for many.

Calkins, 47, and lakefront residents across much of Michigan are dealing with the fallout from factors such as a low snowpack last winter and hot, dry weather this summer that have led to drought-like conditions.  more...



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Documents tell of wind farm plan's demise

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ALBANY — When the New York Power Authority deflated plans last fall for the Great Lakes' first offshore wind farm, it justified pulling the plug by highballing the price tag.

But confidential NYPA documents obtained by the Times Union reveal that figure — $100 million annually for 20 years — to be double what the authority privately expected it would cost.

But if it wasn't about the money, why did the project, initially touted as a pioneering bid to harvest steady lake winds for electrical power, get shut down?  more...



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DEC adopts new freshwater fishing regulations

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted some new freshwater fishing regulations, the DEC announced this week.

The slight changes to the current regulations will take effect starting Oct. 1, and will be in place through 2014.
 
“New York provides some of the best fishing in the nation and, periodically, DEC modifies existing freshwater sportfishing regulations to enhance fishing opportunities for anglers throughout New York,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources Kathy Moser. “Input received from anglers and other stakeholders during the public comment period earlier this year resulted in some suggestions becoming incorporated in the final changes announced today.”  more...


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Robot divers to report on Lake Superior's depths

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DULUTH, Minn. — With its frigid, often ice-choked water and legendary storms, Lake Superior can be a dangerous place for scientists to conduct research.

"In Lake Superior, the season where it's nice to go out there is relatively short," University of Minnesota Duluth physics professor Jay Austin said. But he said "there's science year round out there."

Aiming to tap the wealth of information deep inside Lake Superior, Austin and other researchers are preparing to send two mechanical divers in the big, cold lake for a long time. They plan to test one of the divers Wednesday.  more...



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Yellow perch fishery needs a lift

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A full moon climbed into a darkening summer sky east of Milwaukee.

A light breeze offered relief from the heat and propelled dozens of sailboats across the watery horizon.

Just below the shoreline bluff, several hundred people gathered on blankets and folding chairs for an open-air concert.

The early August evening was right out of a Chamber of Commerce catalog. Almost.

The piers and other shoreline fishing spots were nearly vacant.

Areas that once held shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of anglers had just a straggle of pedestrians and joggers.  more...



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through the blue

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Raising awareness of postpartum depression by becoming the first married couple to complete a 50 mile ultra-marathon swim across Lake Michigan this summer! August 15, 2012. Help us spread the word.

We have faced many challenges on this journey. Some have challenged us physically. Some have challenged us mentally. Some have challenged our marriage. Some have challenged our will and determination. With hard work, strong focus and the support of our friends, family and community, we have made it through. And with one week until we depart for Wisconsin for our swim, we are faced with yet another challenge.

As of this morning, our boats and boat captains, from the Ludington Yacht Club, have backed out of our adventure for personal reasons. This means we now have NO escort boats to help us get across the lake. So, we are in desperate need of at least one boat, 35+ feet or longer (sail or power) to guide us across the lake or our swim will be cancelled. If anyone has any contacts, please contact us directly as soon as possible as our leave date for Wisconsin is still August 12th.

 Please email teamtow@throughtheblue.org or call 616-951-4882.  more...


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Water temps above normal across the Great Lakes

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A mild winter, warm spring and hot summer have led to above-normal Lake Erie water temperatures.

The lake's water temperature near Erie has increased gradually in the past week, said meteorologist Frank Kieltyka at the National Weather Service office in Cleveland.

The lake's temperature at Erie Thursday was 78 degrees. The average lake temperature for Erie for Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 is 76 degrees, according to National Weather Service data.

Erie's lake water temperature is taken four miles north of the city at a depth of 40 feet, Kieltyka said.

The lake's temperature at Cleveland reached 80 degrees Monday through Thursday, he said. He said the last time Cleveland's lake water temperature reached 80 was on Aug. 10, 2001.  more...



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Why the water flea makes life miserable for lake fish

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Amidst all the talk you may have been hearing about aquatic hitchhikers such as the Asian clam and hydrilla, the water flea may have come up a time or two as well. If you spend a lot of time on the water, you may already know all about this little pest.

Originating from northeastern Europe, the water flea now resides in Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan and much of the Finger Lakes. And due to its microscopic size and ability to go unseen except when in masses, the water flea is expected to eventually spread to other water bodies.  more...



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Cottagers look to clay remedy for blue-green algae

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The perennial problem of blue-green algae is popping up again in some northern Ontario lakes this summer.

And many waterfront property owners have their eyes on a bay of Lake Huron where a possible solution is in the works.

Roughly 10 years of blue-green algae blooms and warnings about drinking, swimming or boating in the water have prompted cottagers on Sturgeon Bay near Pointe Au Baril to look for a fix.  more...



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Round-Robin Round Concluded - Anna Tunnicliffe

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After a relaxing day off where we got to watch some 49er racing, we came back to racing today with our final two races of the round robin. We wanted to come out and win both of them going into the quarterfinals and that's what we did, taking our score line to 8-3 overall and ranking us 4th.

We had two great races against the Swedish and the British teams. Both races were quite close all around the track because of the shifty conditions, but both Molly and Debbie did a great job of finding the breeze and shifts and allowing us to stay ahead all around the course.  more...


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Tips to Keep Pets Safe While Boating

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This weekend's hot weather will send thousands of people to local rivers and beaches. If you plan on hopping on a boat with your pet, make sure safety is a priority. 

According to TripsWithPets.com, pet owners should plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged friend in mind in order to keep them safe.  more...



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Gullisaria Claims Melges 24 World Championship And Storm Capital Sail Racing Crowned Corinthian Winner!

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Gullisara claims the 2012 Melges 24 World Championship: one of the most coveted and prestigious titles in the sailing world was decided on the finish line of the final race when Carlo Fracassoli and his team had to wait an agonising four minutes for their nearest rival, Alberto Bolzan's Saetta, to cross the finish line before they could be certain of victory.

Going into the final race the adrenalin levels were through the roof as these two incredibly strong Italian teams went head to head in one of the greatest challenges in international sailing. Gullisara, the reigning European Champion owned by Giuseppe Comerio, fielded excellent sailors, but also great friends. With local expert Carlo Fracassoli at the helm, Chicco Fonda as tactician, Tano Felci on the sheets, Giovanni Ferrari at the halyards and Carlo Zermini on the bow. They are the heroes of the day, which began very early in a light and trick northerly Peler breeze.  more...



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"Respect" the line?

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Why can’t sailing instructions just say what they mean and mean what they say?  If the sailors know what the race committee means to say, but they haven’t said what they mean, then what are the rules?  What the RC means?  Or what the Sailing Instructions say?  Of course, it has to be what the Regatta’s SI’s  say.  But when the RC can’t say what they mean, it frequently follows that is the SI’s are confusing, incomplete, self-contradictory, or just nonsensical.

Case in point:

The Sailing Instructions at a recent regatta I attended describe the start and the finish lines and then add this sentence in bold typeface:  “Before and After starting, Yachts shall respect the starting and finishing lines except when in the process of starting of finishing.”  more...


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Moonlight Sail

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I love sailing at night. Actually whenever I have to cover more then fiftysomewhat miles I prefer leaving late in the afternoon, relaxing the day before and arrive at daylight between next morning and noon. That way I get it all: Terrific Stars in the total black of some nights, romantic full moon and somehow it is even a challenging fun to count flashes and blinks on buoys and lighthouses to make the way through narrow fairways. Often this is even easyer at night than it is at daylight. Finally not to forget the next morning: Sunrise and breakfast at sea looks and tastes like an adventure of its own.

Last time I did so was sailing from Drummond Island to Little Traverse Bay a few days ago. Leaving at noon arriving early afternoon. At midnight I passed the spectacular illuminated Mackinac Bridge and the narrows where Lake Huron becomes Lake Michigan and vice versa. A peaceful night and light winds.  more...



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