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Cleaner lake is goal of decal project for sewers

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A local environmental group has embarked on an ambitious project: putting decals on every storm-water sewer drain in Racine in an attempt to encourage residents not to dump motor oil and other material into the sewer system.

It's a big task, and Dave White, of the group Keep Our Beaches Open, is urging residents of all ages to help with the effort.

An information meeting is set for 8:30 a.m. July 17 at the former Lakeview Community Center, 201 Goold St.   more...

 



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Saugatuck officials fear dune preservation deal in jeopardy

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SAUGATUCK, Mich. — A conservation group and city officials fear plans to preserve more than 400 acres of dunes along Lake Michigan could be in jeopardy.

If a final deal for the 413-acre parcel is not negotiated by the end of the month, Saugatuck could lose $10.7 million awarded by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to help buy the land.

“We had certainly hoped to have something in place long before now,” Saugatuck City Manager Gordan Gallagher told the Holland Sentinel.    more...

 



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USFWS to target St. Mary's sea lamprey eel hot spots

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Armed with Bayluscide Granular, the United State Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has sent a team of biologists and technicians to the St. Mary's River System to resume the battle against sea lampreys.

"This has been an ongoing problem for nearly 50 years," said USFWS Spokesman Terry Morse. "They are the original invader of the Great Lakes."

The sea lamprey decimated fish populations in the mid-1900s, particularly hitting lake trout hard, virtually wiping them out of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Even Lake Superior saw its lake trout population cut in half before an aggressive campaign to fight the invasive eels began to turn the tide.   more...

 



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Catch-and-release becoming norm in Ohio

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PhotoCOLUMBUS -- Mike Utt still loves to fish, but he never eats anything he catches.

"I grew up in the '50s and '60s and we were raised that you cooked everything you caught," the Bellefontaine resident said. "But now I never eat a fish out of Ohio rivers or streams. And that did take some of the enjoyment out of it for me."

Since the state began releasing periodic fish consumption advisories -- warning of potentially dangerous chemicals found in Ohio waterways -- Utt has seen fewer and fewer of his friends eating locally caught fish.

His usual fishing trips with the Ohio Smallmouth Alliance are catch-and-release events, where the only thing anglers take home are their stories.   more...

 



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Port fees may affect lakes cruises

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MACKINAC ISLAND - The rising cost of port fees in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks may cut the number of cruise ships traveling the Great Lakes.

Security costs have added to the charges a ship's owner must pay when docking in a port of call, and American ports have hit ships with fees they don't have to pay in some other parts of the world.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act require ports and vessels to control access, monitor activity, and screen personnel, baggage, cargo and vehicles. The new federal maritime security measures affect an estimated 9,500 vessels, 3,200 facilities and 40 off-shore oil or natural gas rigs in the United States, according to the federal Department of Homeland Security.   more...


 



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Asian Carp video: Preventing a Hostile Takeover

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Produced for the International Joint Commission and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, this short program advocates the building of an electrical barrier in the canal between the Mississippi River basin and the Great Lakes, with the purpose of preventing the introduction of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes environment.   more...


 



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2004 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race Update...

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06-Jul-04 - 09:13pm

Hi, Everyone...

We are pleased to announce that WJR Radio (AM 760, Detroit, MI), the great voice of the Great Lakes, will be providing complete and continuing coverage for this year's Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race with John Marshall and Bayview's Com. Ted Everingham.

WJR has scheduled a series of reports throughout the weekend for you to follow the races. And racers, don't forget to take your radio with you as you can follow the reports live from WJR.

You can listen to WJR's race reports at 6am, 9am, 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm & 9pm on Friday, July 16 through Monday, July 19 Also tune in on Saturday, July 17th from 5am-9am as WJR’s Warren Pierce broadcasts LIVE from Port Huron.

A list of their report schedule is also available online on our race web site at: WJR Race Reports.

Luiz E. Kahl
Assistant Race Chairman
80th Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race

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Nice Record. Oh wait. . .

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The beauty of the new breed of big ocean racing monohulls is to see how fast they can sail, and in the process, see how many existing elapsed time records they can break. Records, as they say, are meant to be broken, yes?

The Newport to Bermuda race, struggling to come to grips with the reality of this new big boat scene, created a "Demonstration Division" for these boats, one that did not race for any of the real prizes, an indicator that the organizers were already alarmingly out of touch. It's as if these boats weren't really racing, merely "Demonstrating." What were they thinking?   more...


 



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It’s Good to Vent

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I have a 41-footer with twin gasoline stern drives. Lately I’ve noticed decreased engine power and surging at higher speeds on one engine. Everything seems to check out, but the problem reoccurs. Any suggestions? T.B., via e-mail
Assuming you have twin fuel tanks and that only one engine is drawing from one tank, look at the fuel tank vent serving the misbehaving engine. Proper venting is required for fuel to flow from the tank to the engine, and if there is even a small obstruction in the vent, the fuel pump may not be able to pull enough fuel from the tank to supply the engine, especially at higher speeds. The result can be decreased power or surging and, if the restriction is considerable, stalling at lower speeds or even failure to start.   more...

 



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The Hacker Boat Company

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Gleaming mahogany runabout motorboats - play things of the rich and famous, renowned for their record-breaking speed, and now prized by collectors - were once manufactured in Mount Clemens, Michigan, by the Hacker Boat Company. Hacker Craft boats are known the world over for their fine craftsmanship and sleek V-bottom design which allowed greater speed at lower horsepower.

The Hacker Boat Company was founded in Detroit by John Ludwig Hacker, a native of Detroit who had shown an interest in boats and naval architecture as a youth. Hacker was born on May 24, 1877, and studied speedboat design by correspondence course while working as a bookkeeper in his father's business. He developed a design for a hull which would produce maximum speed and efficiency, and his success prompted him to go into the boat-building business.    more...

 

 



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Risky Business

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Planning an offshore passage or extended cruise? You might want to check with your insurance agent first.

We all know yachts are expensive—to buy, to maintain, and to repair. So it’s little wonder that sensible folks with big investments in their boats protect themselves with insurance to cover the cost of accident, liability, or total loss. But there’s been a lot of talk lately in certain yachting circles that some big insurance underwriters, unhappy with yachting’s risk-versus-return equation, might leave the game and cast owners into a sea of potential loss without a monetary life belt. Is this rumor true? Will insurance for your boat soon be too expensive—or maybe even unavailable?   more...

 



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Family Fishing Vacations (Fear Not)

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Sunburns, long car rides, and tangled lines—ah, the joys of a family fishing trip. As much as children love to catch fish, though, their minds have a tendency to wander, and trying to keep a rod in their hands for more than an hour may start to feel like hounding them to do their homework. That’s no fun for anyone. The best solution: Put them on water with fast fishing action, and make sure there are plenty of other activities nearby. Here are five spots that meet those criteria, where you and your family will have a blast. After a week at one of them, the only thing the kids will be whining about is wanting to stay longer.   more...

 



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A request for a lifetime

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Friends, family help cancer patient Morgan Edgcomb, 81, enjoy a ride in dugout canoe.

Morgan Edgcomb won't go down with this ship.

The 81-year-old cancer patient, teary with happiness, knelt into his 14-foot hand-cut dugout. He grasped the paddle. Friends, family members and fellow firefighters from the Saugatuck Township Fire District cheered him on.   more...

 

 



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Lake Slime Offers Lessons For Environmental Policy

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Nearly every year, local boaters, anglers and lakeside homeowners have their summer fun spoiled by massive blooms of slimy, smelly algae in Ford and Belleville lakes. Now, a University of Michigan research project is hinting at ways to control the problem and showing how state-of-the-art science might reform lake management practices that currently are rooted in outdated theories.   more...

 

 



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A 141-Year History of Annual Levels of the U.S. Great Lakes

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Changnon, S.A.  2004.  Temporal behavior of levels of the Great Lakes and climate variability.  Journal of Great Lakes Research 30: 184-200.

Background
Changnon begins his study of Great Lakes water levels by noting that "recent shifts in lake levels [have] led to a major disaster-oriented assessment of the 'record' declines in recent years," stating that certain people have "attributed these to climate change from global warming."  In this regard, he makes particular mention of the National Geographic Society, which in 2002 ran an article entitled "Down the Drain?  The Incredible Shrinking Great Lakes" in their flagship publication National Geographic.   more...

 



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