Deal would settle suit over Lake Michigan resort
Saugutuck Township— Officials in southwestern Michigan have
approved a proposed agreement to settle a lawsuit over a businessman's
plans to build a resort along Lake Michigan.
The Township Board in
Allegan County's Saugatuck Township voted 4-0 Wednesday night to
approve the settlement that would resolve the lawsuit by Aubrey
McClendon's development company Singapore Dunes LLC. The vote came
following many objections raised by those in attendance. more...
Stop all the trickery toward stopping assault of Asian carp
A clear and present danger looms larger by the day in the Great Lakes
region that threatens the economic and environmental livelihood of 35
To many in our region, that danger remains
invisible. To all in our region, that danger poses significant risks
that must be tackled pronto.
That danger is the deadly Asian carp,
a breed of fish that can grow as large as 4 feet long and can weigh as
much as 100 pounds. These underwater enemies eat like hogs, breed like
bunnies and rip asunder any ecosystem in their path.
Lakes Commission and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
call the carp the greatest damaging invasive species that has entered
the Great Lakes in the last century. more...
Minnesota DNR re-evaluates Lake Superior rainbow stocking
Just as the sun rises over Lake Superior on Tuesday morning, a lone
angler hooks a Kamloops rainbow trout just west of the French River. He
plays the fish quickly and slides it onto the pebbled beach. Without
ceremony, he extracts his hook and walks the fish over the cobblestones,
away from the lake.
The fish is a 6- or 7-pound male, sleek of
body, long of jaw, silver with a blush of rose down its flank. A
gorgeous fish. In the soft peach light of dawn, the angler lays the fish
behind a piece of driftwood and goes back to his fishing. more...
Chinese Fish for Meaning in U.S. Carp Rampage
Sometimes, Chinese netizens pay more attention to a U.S. news story than Americans do. President Barack Obama’s Feb. 23 decision to allocate $51.5 million to eradicate an invasive species known as the Asian carp is a prime example.
Outside of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins, news of this
carp-control strategy barely registered with the U.S. public. But on
March 6, it hit China
and, like a jazz trio riffing for an hour on just a few notes,
microbloggers took to the minor news topic with gusto, using it to
explore issues ranging from corrupt civil servants to U.S. sovereign
debt. Soon it even had its own hash tag, roughly translated as #Asian Carp on an American Rampage#. more...
Vanished shipwreck’s secret revealed
CLEVELAND — Twice during its 122-year history, the C.B. Lockwood has been swallowed up by Lake Erie.
On course from Duluth, Minn., to Buffalo and battling the fury of an
October storm, the 285-foot wooden steamer first sank in 1902, crashing
more than 70 feet below the waves just east of Cleveland.
The location of the Lockwood was not a mystery. With one look at
historical data, its exact location — 13˝ miles north by northwest off
Fairport Harbor — easily can be found. But despite being armed with a
figurative “X marks the spot,” shipwreck hunters have for decades been
stumped by the empty expanse of Lake Erie muck where the Lockwood should
Where are all the salmon?
|Where are all the salmon? That’s the question being asked right now among Lake Michigan’s fisherman.
Usually in March, Berrien County’s coast is becoming a salmon haven for fisherman. Not this year.
a good day to fish for William Parker. Parker sat on St. Joseph’s pier
Monday with three others and caught about three fish an hour. The fish
Parker was catching weren’t the type he was hoping for this spring.
didn’t get my salmon stamp this year,” he said. “It didn’t seem like
there were that many. Parker heard about the poor salmon fishing in Lake
Michigan and opted to not even try. more...
Prompted by recent violations, Coast Guard urges boaters to take advantage of free safety checks
|Following a weekend during which Coast Guard boarding officers
issued notices of violation to six Great Lakes boaters and sent them
back to the docks early for lacking required safety equipment, the Coast
Guard is urging mariners Monday to take advantage of the many boater
education courses and free vessel safety checks offered throughout the
Great Lakes region. more...|