Lake trout struggling to rebound in Erie
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:52 ] #
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...
Great Lakes shipping looking sluggish out of the gate
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:51 ] #
Great Lakes shipping is getting off to a bit of a slow start. Lakers are hoping that that Mother Nature cooperates.
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
“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...
Kenosha discharging untreated wastewater to Lake Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:50 ] #
Untreated wastewater was spilling out of a sanitary sewer into Lake
Michigan Thursday, Kenosha Water Utility General Manager Ed St. Peter
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...
Long delayed dredging of Lake Ontario harbours set for 2014
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:50 ] #
Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) has announced that the long awaited
dredging of three Lake Ontario harbours is on track to happen next
Collins says the Army Corp of Engineers now has the funding it needs
to perform maintenance dredging in Oak Orchard, Olcott and Wilson
“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...
Eating sea lamprey: They're not bad to stomach after you cut the head off
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/22/2013 - 05:48 ] #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
Windsor boaters filling up city marina as Great Lakes lower
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/15/2013 - 06:50 ] #
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...
Competition Between North American Inland Waterways
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/15/2013 - 06:49 ] #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...
New Concerns About Plastic Pollution in Great Lakes ‘Garbage Patch’
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/15/2013 - 06:47 ] #
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...
Shipwreck, Neillsville hotel placed on register of historic places
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/15/2013 - 06:46 ] #
A Lake Michigan shipwreck in Wisconsin waters and a century-old hotel
in Neillsville have been placed on the National Register of Historic
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...
South Milwaukee discharging untreated waste to lake
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/15/2013 - 06:45 ] #
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...
Great Lakes salmon are the focus of new video series
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/8/2013 - 05:46 ] #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...
Great Lakes Levels Below Normal Next 6 Months
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/8/2013 - 05:45 ] #Water 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...
Lake Erie at risk from algae bloom
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/8/2013 - 05:44 ] #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...
Who'll be best this year?
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/8/2013 - 05:43 ] #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.
Vote online or send the pull-out ballot in the April/May issue of the magazine, on newsstands now. more...
We encourage communities to stuff the ballot box with local favorites
in categories like Best Shoreline, Best Locally Made Brew and more.
Benzie County Water Festival 2013!
- Editor H2ONotes [ 4/8/2013 - 05:42 ] #
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
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