Newsletter - Monday 3/12/2012
Students on course with technical skills
On a morning that would otherwise be spent in class at Bradley Tech
High School, nine teens were sanding, grinding, measuring and painting
this week aboard the Great Lakes schooner the S/V Denis Sullivan, docked
off Canal St. on the Menomonee River.
When times were good and grants were more generous, the tall ship
wintered in southern Florida, but it's stayed in Milwaukee for the past
A new program called Schooner Boatworks, supported by several grants
and Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, has made the most of that
situation for the past two years by allowing about 20 Bradley Tech
students to work on the ship for 2 1/2 hours each Tuesday for 12 weeks
during their second semester. more...
DNR: Expect large numbers of bald eagles
Bald eagles are migrating back to Minnesota and may be seen in large
numbers across parts of the state over the next few weeks, according to
the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“It’s definitely time for folks to keep their eyes out,” according to
Lisa Gelvin-Innvaer, DNR regional nongame wildlife specialist. “Usually
we see these bigger pulses of migrating eagles a little later in March,
but it appears that timing may be early for a lot of natural events
this year due to the mild winter.”
Only two states, Florida and Alaska, have greater nesting populations
of bald eagles than Minnesota. In 2005, researchers estimated there to
be more than 1,300 active nests in the state. more...
U.S. waterways crackdown makes waves with boaters
Local boaters and paddlers are frustrated by the spectre of another
crackdown by U.S. customs officials, who are calling on them to phone in
should they plan to cross into U.S. waters.
In the wake of the
Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks, get-tough rules on boaters called for
more documentation and notification prior to crossing the border of the
Detroit River and Great Lakes waterways.
The past couple of
years, the rules have been somewhat more relaxed as recreational boaters
believed they could go back and forth into U.S. waters for fishing,
paddling or travelling without first calling U.S. border authorities -
as long as they did not touch down on shore, anchor or come into contact
with an American boat.
Great Lakes ice down dramatically over 40 years
Winter ice cover on the Great Lakes has dropped dramatically over the past four decades, according to a new report. Peak ice has dropped by 71 percent on average, with Lake Michigan ice decreasing by even more.
at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compared
satellite photos going back to 1973. Jia Wang, an ice climatologist with
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the changes
are stark. In a year like 1979, ice covered about 94 percent of the
lakes in the dead of winter. more...
Lake Michigan town fears losing historic ferry
|On many a summer evening, Jim Fay joins dozens of onlookers on this
tourist town's waterfront, exchanging friendly waves with passengers and
crew members as the S.S. Badger chugs into the harbor after a 60-mile
voyage across Lake Michigan from Manitowoc, Wis.|
It's a cherished ritual in Ludington, and its days may be numbered.
Badger, the nation's last working coal-fired steamship, is under orders
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop dumping waste ash
into the lake. Coal ash contains low concentrations of arsenic, mercury
and other heavy metals, although it's not classified as hazardous. The
ferry discharges more than 500 tons during a typical season from May to
October, and operators say there's no quick fix. more...
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