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Taft, U.S. kick off $50M river project

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ASHTABULA, Ohio - Gov. Bob Taft joined U.S. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson in this northeastern Ohio city yesterday to dedicate a three-year, $50 million dredging project designed to help Lake Erie by restoring one of Ohio's most polluted rivers.  more...

 



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1000 Islands

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The islands are unique, offering a wonderful recreation experience that spans two nations. Each island has its own individuality with features such as stately granite cliffs, soft sandy bays, tall dark pines and vibrant maple trees—it’s a sightseer’s paradise.   more...

 



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GREAT LAKES YACHT CLUB & DSA

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GREAT LAKES YACHT CLUB & DSA ANNUAL 1 + 1 and SINGLE-HANDED REGATTA

Remember that the Annual 1+1 and Single-Handed regatta sponsored by GLYC and DSA will be held June 10, 2006 on Lake St. Clair. Applications for the race and bar-b-que after are available on-ling at http://www.greatlakesyc.com/racing.html#Documents or by calling the GLYC Office (586-778-9510). Splits will be posted Friday evening.

Photo by Tom Verbeke



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Morning ritual at the river

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photoWho he is: An electrician/maintenance worker at Greektown Casino by day, Geno Tolbert is a devoted shore angler who fishes in Detroit for white bass, catfish, smallmouth and thus-far elusive walleye at various spots along the Detroit River in the early morning hours.

Where he goes: On a recent weekday morning, Tolbert camped out at Erma Henderson Park and Marina, which is about a half-mile east of Van Dyke (turn south from Jefferson Avenue into the entrance to the former Whittier complex). At 8 a.m. he was one of about a dozen anglers who had lines in the water along an approximately 200-yard stretch of river frontage.   more...

 



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Detroit River offers prime spots for white bass anglers

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BY ERIC SHARP
FREE PRESS OUTDOORS WRITER

One of the most fascinating things about fishing in the Detroit area is how much great angling is ignored. We let other people's misconceptions and prejudices get in the way of our own good sense.

Until Thursday, Jimmy Gretzinger, the producer of the "Michigan Out of Doors" television series, had never fished for white bass, the only member of the sea bass family native to Michigan (and to fresh water, for that matter).  more...

 



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Break The Grip of The Rip!®

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In an effort to heighten public awareness of rip currents at surf beaches, NOAA designates June 4-10 as national Rip Current Awareness Week.

Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. On average, more people die every year from rip currents than from shark attacks, tornadoes or lightning. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, 80 percent of surf beach rescues are attributed to rip currents, and more than 100 people die annually from drowning when they are unable to escape a rip current.   more...

 



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In a tale of 2 sewer systems, Chicago dumps more, but less into the lake

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By STEVE SCHULTZE and MARIE ROHDE

Both metro areas suffer from significant dumping of raw sewage, records from the two cities' sewer utilities show. Chicago's dumping far outstrips Milwaukee's, with Chicago releasing more than five times the volume of untreated sewage and storm water runoff over the past six years.

Before pointing fingers, though, consider this: The vast bulk of Chicago's dumping empties into inland waterways that have been classified for industrial rather than recreational use. All of Milwaukee's dumping goes to Lake Michigan, our main local drinking water source and prime recreation attraction.   more...

 



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Asian carp die off in Illinois River

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- There has been a major fish die-off in the Illinois River, but state conservation officials are far from worried about it. If anything, they wish it had been even worse -- because the dying fish are invasive Asian carp.

Since Tuesday evening, thousands of dead carp have been seen floating down the river. Their bodies have been spotted from the Starved Rock area to as far downstream as Havana.    more...
 


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Clock ticks on Chicago Harbor lock

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Aging water barrier poses several risks, including flood.
 
Just south of Navy Pier, where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan, a little-noticed but vital piece of Chicago's infrastructure has eroded past the point of repair.

The 68-year-old Chicago Harbor lock is 18 years beyond its life expectancy and needs to be replaced. Despite years of expensive temporary fixes, the lock still malfunctions periodically. Its deterioration creates a host of potential consequences: disruption of recreational and commercial boating, a costly long-term squeeze on the region's water supply....
 


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Cormorant control

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By ERICA KOLASKI

Tribune Staff Writer

CHEBOYGAN - A number of communities in Northern Michigan will see cormorant control efforts this summer.

Although selected sites in Alpena and Mackinac counties will receive treatments for double-crested cormorant control, no sites in Cheboygan County were selected.

The control efforts are being initiated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.  more...


 



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Endangered bird home after stop in Grand Ledge

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A wayward whooping crane that landed in a flooded backyard last month in Grand Ledge is back home.

Officials from the International Crane Foundation rescued the year-old male crane on May 16 - four days after it was spotted in Grand Ledge - and returned it to its home base in Necedah, Wis.

The crane's survival is critical because it's rare; there are an estimated 336 wild whooping cranes in North America.

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(Photo by Robert Killips/Lansing State Journal)



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Ceremonies to end one ship's career, begin that of another

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By MIKE FORNES
Tribune Staff Writer

CHEBOYGAN - The distinguished career of the Coast Guard's largest domestic icebreaker, Mackinaw, will come to an end in a ceremony Saturday that will also mark the commissioning of the vessel which will carry on its namesake and legacy.

The event for both ships will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the Millard D. Olds Memorial Moorings in Cheboygan.   more...


 



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MUD SNAIL SLIMES INTO GREAT LAKES

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Mike Simonson

A foreign invasive species is spreading to new areas. It's a snail that could spread in huge numbers and compete with fish for food. The GLRC's Mike Simonson reports:

The New Zealand Mudsnail has made its way to Lake Superior. It had already been identified in Lake Ontario. These snails become dense on a river or lake bottom. Minnesota Seagrant Aquatic Species expert Doug Jensen says it's like having half a million in the space of a bathtub. They can squeeze out bottom dwelling organisms that fish eat. Jensen says native fish eat New Zealand Mudsnails, but the fish don't digest them:   more...

 



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GROUP TO SUE EPA OVER BEACH WATER QUALITY

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Rebecca Williams
June 5, 2006

An environmental group is planning to sue the government because it's too slow to warn people about high levels of bacteria in the water. The environmental group says government standards for beach closings are outdated.

The current beach water standards haven't been revised for 20 years. Some scientists and environmental groups say that's endangering public health.  more...

 



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Dale Marshall's Cal 25 Clytie Wins the Lands' End Detroit NOOD

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No skipper would be able to win an event without competent crew like sewerman Mike Cowan, who sailed on Robert Amsler's Merlin, which won the 7-boat J/120 class. "We had a great tactician, Wally Cross, sailing with us," said Cowan, "and whatever maneuver the back of the boat wanted to do, we did. Wally put us in all the right places on the course, and every sail that came down went up again. We tore a half-ounce kite on a takedown, and on the short legs we were sailing it's a challenge to deal with something like that. Five lengths before the next weather mark rounding the sail went back on deck and got hooked up.   more...

 



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