Boaters: Tips For Preparing For Summer Lightning Storms
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/27/2011 - 15:05 ] #
ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 25, 2011 - The weather's power and rage showed itself
recently with the devastating springtime tornados that roared through the
south. For recreational boaters, summer thunderstorms bring danger not only
with wind and waves, but also with lightning strikes. BoatUS' Seaworthy
Magazine recently took a look at how to protect yourself from this hazard
while boating, sailing and fishing on the open water and has these tips: more
New York moves to ban dumping sewage from boats
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/26/2011 - 07:08 ] #
YOUNGSTOWN—A proposal announced Tuesday by state officials would make
it illegal for boats to discharge their on-board sewage into Lake
The state has asked the U. S. Environmental Protection
Agency to designate the entire 326-mile-long south shore of Lake Ontario
from Youngstown at the west to Cape Vincent at the east as a “vessel
waste no-discharge zone.”
New York State’s jurisdiction extends
from about the center of Lake Ontario to the south shore beginning at
the mouth of the Niagara River near Youngstown and continuing to Cape
Vincent in Jefferson County where the lake flows into the St. Lawrence
Ten teams ready for Chicago Match Race Center Spring Invitational
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/26/2011 - 07:02 ] #Season opener is also Lake Michigan Qualifier for Richardson Trophy & Group E/K Qualifier for US Match Racing Championship
teams are entered and ready to compete at this weekend's CMRC Spring
Invitational, the 2011 season openerevent at the Chicago Match Race
Center. The teams vary broadly in age and experience for the ISAF Grade 3
event, from unranked newcomers to defending champions, all getting an
opportunity to face off against each other in CMRC's 8 equally-matched
TOM 28 class keelboats. more...
Elementary School Students Build their own 24 foot Birch Bark Voyageur Canoe
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:15 ] #
This makes me wish I had a school program like this when I was in grade six.
The students at Goodwillie Environmental School in West Michigan
launched last week an authentic 24 foot birch bark voyageur canoe that
they have been working on for the past 2 years as part of a massive
school project involving 50 students. more...
Great Lakes Water Levels
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:14 ] #The water levels of the Great Lakes continue to rise at a face pace.
The latest weekly levels show that Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are up
7″ in the last month. They are now only 1″ below the level of one year
ago, and 15″ below the average May level. more...
Group to track walleye in St. Marys
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:13 ] #The St. Mary's Fisheries Task Group, a group of several constituents
that work with the St. Marys River fisheries, is conducting a walleye
movement study in the river this summer.
Walleye from Munuscong Bay have been fitted with internal acoustic
transmitters that will allow Lake Superior State University students and
fisheries biologists to track their movement with acoustic receivers
over the coming months. more...
Lake Huron salmon fishery decline is a learning moment for others
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:11 ] #Seven years ago, the Lake Huron chinook salmon fishery collapsed due to a
variety of elements -- all largely caused by human activity. Teeming
with salmon, Lake Huron had annual yields of 75,000. However, fishing in
2010 showed only 3,200, a reported record low. more...
Lake Michigan tragedy reminds public of danger
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:10 ] #
Last night's drowning at Silver Beach serves as a tragic reminder that the Great Lakes can pose a great danger.
After last summer's numerous drowning deaths on
the lakefront, Coast Guard officials are doing all they can to educate
the public about safety.
Ian Eady/Coast Guard: "Yesterday was a tragedy. Losing somebody is a hard thing to do, it's hard for everyone involved."
Sunday's drowning at Silver Beach was the result of pier-jumping.
It is not illegal to jump off the pier at Silver
Beach, but the Coast Guard's Ian Eady says people who jump take a leap
of faith. more...
A South Haven Sunset
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:08 ] #Phoenix Street is crowded as tourists mingle with locals walking to South Haven’s
harbor and beach. It’s just after 7 p.m.—still a couple hours before
sunset. A horse-drawn carriage waits to give paying customers a
fairy-tale ride, and Harvey, the horse, patiently swishes his tail in
response to the passersby who stroke his nose, pet his neck and give him
well-meaning pats on the head. A ride sounds like fun, but I came for
the sunset. more...
S.S. Badger prepares for first crossing of the 2011 sailing season Thursday
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:04 ] #LUDINGTON, Mich. - As the S.S. Badger crew prepares the car ferry to set
sail, they're readying the ship to operate as it has the more than 50
years it's been making trips from Ludington across Lake Michigan to
Richard E. Jennings, 1945-2011
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/24/2011 - 12:04 ] #
Richard E. Jennings, 65, president of Smithereen Pest Management
Services and champion sailor in the Chicago-to-Mackinac Island race,
died Tuesday, May 17, according to friends and published reports.
His family declined to comment, and the cause of death was not available.
more than 35 years, Mr. Jennings competed with his sleek 70-foot Pied
Piper in the annual Race to Mackinac, the world's oldest freshwater
In 1987, Mr. Jennings set a record for the fastest
time for a single-hull boat, completing the 333-mile course in 25 hours,
50 minutes, 44 seconds. more...
Get on the water: Kayak, swim, jet-ski, surf, or sail - even if you're the aquatically challenged
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/20/2011 - 06:49 ] #
So you've always wanted to kayak, swim, jet-ski, surf, or sail.
Chicago water sports are for the aquatically adept as well as those who
wouldn't know a paddle from a poodle—plenty of options let you sit back,
sip a cocktail, and let someone else do all the work.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Chicago River Canoe and Kayak Saturdays
throughout the summer, this Chicago- and Skokie-based business hosts
twilight dinner "cruises" where attendees paddle to a riverside park for
a picnic supplied by Noon-o-Kebab ($45 per person). Lessons, tours, and
rentals are also available. Chicago location: 3400 N. Rockwell, 773-704-2663, chicagoriverpaddle.com. more...
USA. Grand Haven Coast Guardsmen to hold two boating safety events as part of National Safe Boating Week
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/20/2011 - 06:30 ] #The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Grand Haven is scheduled to
participate in two boating safety events in Grand Haven, Mich., Saturday
and Tuesday, during National Safe Boating Week. The goal of National
Safe Boating Week is to heighten ...more
Taking advantage of Lake Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/16/2011 - 06:44 ] #Tourism was a $120 million business in Manitowoc County in 2010, and
taking advantage of Lake Michigan experiences can bring in even more
Health detectives search for source of Michigan beach contamination
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/16/2011 - 06:43 ] #County health officials are struggling to discover the source of
sporadic and elusive high E. coli bacteria counts in the water at a
beach near Lake Huron's Tawas City in Michigan. more...
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