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Lake trout struggling to rebound in Erie

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Anglers chasing transplanted Pacific Ocean salmon on lakes such as Ontario, Huron and Michigan occasionally tie up with a native lake trout and generally are happy about it.

Rarely is the linkup made on Lake Erie, although Tom Harbison’s Ohio record, a 201/2-pound, 34-incher caught in April 2000, proves that such a thing is done. Shallow and temperate Lake Erie, being the southernmost outpost for the cold-water lakers in North America, produces neither numerous nor especially large specimens.  more...



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Great Lakes shipping looking sluggish out of the gate

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Great Lakes shipping is getting off to a bit of a slow start. Lakers are hoping that that Mother Nature cooperates.

You can’t read much into cargo numbers from March — they just one week of shipping. And even if demand for iron ore and limestone is strong. Lake Carriers Association vice president Glen Neckvasil says it hasn’t been smooth sailing.

“Yes. It was challenging,” he said. “We had quite an ice field there in Whitefish Bay. So that certainly did delay some cargo.”

Whitefish Bay is a bottleneck from Lake Superior to the Soo Locks.  more...



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Kenosha discharging untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan

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Untreated wastewater was spilling out of a sanitary sewer into Lake Michigan Thursday, Kenosha Water Utility General Manager Ed St. Peter said.

The overflow began early Thursday morning after heavy rains sent excess flows of water into city sewers, St. Peter said. The overflow pipe is a few blocks from the sewage treatment plant on the lakeshore at 7834 3rd Ave.  more...



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Long delayed dredging of Lake Ontario harbours set for 2014

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Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has announced that the long awaited dredging of three Lake Ontario harbours is on track to happen next year.

Collins says the Army Corp of Engineers now has the funding it needs to perform maintenance dredging in Oak Orchard, Olcott and Wilson harbours.

“The dredging of these three local harbours is long overdue,” said Collins. “Local residents and government leaders have been pushing the federal government to prioritize the work in order to maintain and maximize the harbours’ economic and recreational importance. more...



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Eating sea lamprey: They're not bad to stomach after you cut the head off

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There’s two sides to sea lampreys, according to Lars Rudstam, director of the Cornell Biological Field Station in Bridgeport.

On the one hand, they attach themselves using their mouths to the sides or bellies of fish and use their raspy tongues to drill a hole and suck out their host’s bodily fluids. State Department of Environmental Conservation officials noted recently these parasitic, prehistoric-looking aquatic creatures are causing big problems for Cayuga Lake’s trout fishery. ...  more



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Windsor boaters filling up city marina as Great Lakes lower

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Low lake levels haven’t stopped boaters from snatching up spots at Lakeview Park Marina.

Although water levels in the Great Lakes are reportedly below average, the city marina is almost at capacity for the upcoming boating season. Trese MacNeil, community sports services co-ordinator for the city’s parks and recreation department, said water levels haven’t affected business at Lakeview.  more...



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Competition Between North American Inland Waterways

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The US Government recently announced an allocation of US$80-billion to upgrade and improve American inland waterways. Major changes are underway in the world of international freight transportation that will impact on domestic long-distance transportation across North America.more...

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New Concerns About Plastic Pollution in Great Lakes ‘Garbage Patch’

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Until recently, my concept of a ‘garbage patch’ was of an area of ocean with large pieces of floating debris, the kind of stray fishing gear and trash from ships and shorelines that collect where currents form eddies far from view of most people.

Having seen my share of sea trash in 20,000+ miles of lake and ocean sailing and even untangled sheets of plastic and thick ropes from the propeller and rudder of my 37-foot sailboat, I was shocked to learn that the kind of garbage scientists are most concerned about is invisible to the naked eye. They’re finding tiny bits of plastic known as “micro-plastics” floating near the surface of the water in high concentrations. The particles are so small that a microscope is needed to even see them.  more...



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Shipwreck, Neillsville hotel placed on register of historic places

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A Lake Michigan shipwreck in Wisconsin waters and a century-old hotel in Neillsville have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The scow schooner Silver Lake, which sank in 1900 off Sheboygan County, and the Omaha Hotel built to accommodate train travelers stopping in Neillsville were recommended for the official national list of historic properties deemed worthy of preservation, the Wisconsin Historical Society announced Thursday.  more...



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South Milwaukee discharging untreated waste to lake

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South Milwaukee's sewage treatment plant has been discharging untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan since Tuesday, city wastewater officials said Friday.

This week's heavy rains came during a major construction project and the plant is at half capacity, Wastewater Superintendent Andrew Bakalarski said. He expected the sanitary sewer overflow to end late Friday along with the end of this week's rounds of heavy rainstorms.

The wastewater discharged to the lake is a combination of sewage and storm water collected by the sanitary sewers, he said. Leaks of storm water into the sanitary sewers cause excess flows in heavy rains. A city rain gauge measured 4.5 inches for the week, he said.  more...



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Great Lakes salmon are the focus of new video series

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Underwater footage of wild-spawned salmon in Michigan streams show the challenges faced by young fish. Participants in MDNR’s Salmon in the Classroom program can use this series as a refresher on the salmon’s life cycle and Great Lakes ecology.  more...


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Great Lakes Levels Below Normal Next 6 Months

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istockphotoWater levels across most of the Great Lakes are likely to remain well below average for the next six months, posing continued hardships for commercial vessels and tourist towns that cater to recreational boaters, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The lakes should undergo their usual rise during the warm season, helped by melting of abundant winter snowfall across the region’s northern tier, officials with the Detroit district office said. But it won’t be nearly enough to offset years of declining levels brought on by drought and stepped-up evaporation amid warming temperatures.  more...



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Lake Erie at risk from algae bloom

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By fall in 2011, the scummy algae that started at the west end of Lake Erie, near the mouth of the Maumee River, extended all the way to Cleveland. This was the largest algae bloom in the lake’s recorded history — foul, disruptive and dangerous. On Monday, a group of scientists reported their findings on the reasons for the accelerated and toxic presence of the algae.  more...


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Who'll be best this year?

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For more than two decades, readers of Lake Superior Magazine have shared their favorite spots, sights, restaurants, lodgings and recreation for the Best of the Lake awards.

This year, we’re at it again.

We encourage communities to stuff the ballot box with local favorites in categories like Best Shoreline, Best Locally Made Brew and more.

Vote online or send the pull-out ballot in the April/May issue of the magazine, on newsstands now.  more...


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Benzie County Water Festival 2013!

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For the third year in a row, the Benzie County Water Festival convenes this coming Friday at Benzie Central High School from 3:30 pm to 9 pm.

This year’s theme is: “Under The Surface,” focused on youth and lesser-understood impacts to our water resources. Once again it brings Michigan musicians, panel discussions, speeches from water luminaries, interactive multimedia projects and presentations, artisan foods and beverages, visual art, children’s activities, and connections to local campaigns and projects. Admission is free; donations go toward future events.  more...



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