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Largest Online Archive of Boating Repair, Maintenance "How-to" Available from BoatUS

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., August 7, 2012 - Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), has relaunched its extensive online "BoatTECH" resource at BoatUS.com/BoatTech, making it the largest, no-cost online archive in the country with hundreds of articles on boating technical, repair, maintenance, and other how-to resources for boaters, anglers, and sailors. more

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Rocks' images tell a thousand stories

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A small corner of Ontario's sprawling Lake Superior Provincial Park, Agawa Rock is a stunning link with the past and the region's native peoples.

Here, at the end of a 400-meter trail that tests legs and lungs, balance and bravery, images painted in red ochre on rock convey the power of the lake, the bravery of its Ojibwe (Chippewa or Anishinaabeg) people, their respect for things spiritual.

A sturgeon; a warrior-crewed canoe; the mythical, horned, lynx-like creature Misshepezhieu; perhaps clan symbols such as turtles, fish, bears and more: The visitor is left to fill in the details of what are almost certainly stories of identity, exploration, warfare and spirit intercession.

One can imagine First Nations (Native American) supplicants leaving gifts of tobacco, food and other items for the lake spirits called manitous.  more...



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Robot divers to report on Lake Superior's depths

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DULUTH, Minn. — With its frigid, often ice-choked water and legendary storms, Lake Superior can be a dangerous place for scientists to conduct research.

"In Lake Superior, the season where it's nice to go out there is relatively short," University of Minnesota Duluth physics professor Jay Austin said. But he said "there's science year round out there."

Aiming to tap the wealth of information deep inside Lake Superior, Austin and other researchers are preparing to send two mechanical divers in the big, cold lake for a long time. They plan to test one of the divers Wednesday.  more...



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through the blue

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Raising awareness of postpartum depression by becoming the first married couple to complete a 50 mile ultra-marathon swim across Lake Michigan this summer! August 15, 2012. Help us spread the word.

We have faced many challenges on this journey. Some have challenged us physically. Some have challenged us mentally. Some have challenged our marriage. Some have challenged our will and determination. With hard work, strong focus and the support of our friends, family and community, we have made it through. And with one week until we depart for Wisconsin for our swim, we are faced with yet another challenge.

As of this morning, our boats and boat captains, from the Ludington Yacht Club, have backed out of our adventure for personal reasons. This means we now have NO escort boats to help us get across the lake. So, we are in desperate need of at least one boat, 35+ feet or longer (sail or power) to guide us across the lake or our swim will be cancelled. If anyone has any contacts, please contact us directly as soon as possible as our leave date for Wisconsin is still August 12th.

 Please email teamtow@throughtheblue.org or call 616-951-4882.  more...


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Why the water flea makes life miserable for lake fish

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Amidst all the talk you may have been hearing about aquatic hitchhikers such as the Asian clam and hydrilla, the water flea may have come up a time or two as well. If you spend a lot of time on the water, you may already know all about this little pest.

Originating from northeastern Europe, the water flea now resides in Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan and much of the Finger Lakes. And due to its microscopic size and ability to go unseen except when in masses, the water flea is expected to eventually spread to other water bodies.  more...



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Tips to Keep Pets Safe While Boating

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This weekend's hot weather will send thousands of people to local rivers and beaches. If you plan on hopping on a boat with your pet, make sure safety is a priority. 

According to TripsWithPets.com, pet owners should plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged friend in mind in order to keep them safe.  more...



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Boaters Need to be Their Own Best Lifeguard

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 25, 2012 - Boating and swimming go hand-in-hand, but unlike a public pool or beach, boaters can't count on a lifeguard to watch over them. As this summer's sweltering heat wave drives more boaters to dive into the deep blue, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety has these seven swimming tips: more

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Possession of Lake Huron lighthouse returned to local ownership

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U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Wednesday the transfer of a historic lighthouse in Michigan to local partners under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.

The Port Austin Reef Lighthouse Association, a Michigan non-profit organization, will take ownership of the Port Austin Light Station on Lake Huron.  more...



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U.S. wants Detroit-Windsor ferry service

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The Detroit Port Authority wants a ferry up and running to and from Windsor by spring of 2013.

The authority told CBC News it already has a new boat terminal waiting to be used by the Renaissance Center, located across the Detroit River from Windsor's downtown core.

Deputy director Steven Olinek said there is even funding lined up from Washington to buy a ferry. more...



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Crews plug leak on sunken dredge in Lake Huron, but diesel fuel reaches shore near state park

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Diesel fuel from a sunken tanker has reached the shoreline of Lake Huron this evening, despite the efforts of multiple agencies to contain the spill.

The Arthur J, a 110-foot commercial dredge carrying an estimated 1,500 gallons of fuel, sunk early this morning roughly two miles offshore from Lakeport State Park near Port Huron.  more...



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Feeling Superior

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"Lake Superior is the biggest, deepest, cleanest, coldest and roughest of all the Great Lakes," said the captain of the tour boat as we cruised out of Munising, Michigan, average snowfall 250 inches, to view the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline.

Pictured Rocks is a spectacular display of multicolored sandstone cliffs and geologic formations, soaring to a height of 200 feet above the lake, and extending for more than 12 of the 42 miles of shoreline within the boundaries of the national park or shoreline. Their different colors or striations result from the various minerals which seep out along their length, offering photographers a rich palette from which to create images equal parts color, light and perspective.  more...



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Shipwreck group seeks information about sunken Lake Michigan schooner

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What happened to the two-masted schooner that caused it to sink off the shores of South Haven more than 100 years ago? Which vessel might it be, of the many that sunk during those dangerous times?

Ken Fagerman, vice president of the Southwest Michigan Underwater Preserve, said those are among the questions his group hopes to answer over the coming months as it examines artifacts and remains of the 80-by-20-foot wooden ship found covered in the sands at the bottom of Lake Michigan approximately 5 miles out from South Haven in the protected waters of the preserve.  more...



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Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail

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Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.

This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever survey of plastic pollution in the world’s largest fresh water system.

“You really have to start with, ‘Is this even an issue in the Great Lakes?  [With] 35 million people living around the Great Lakes, all the plastic you see blowing around, common sense is that it’s out there,” says Sherri “Sam” Mason, professor within SUNY Fredonia’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  more...



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Drowning latest reminder of lake’s deceptive ferocity

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I just happened to be walking along the beach near that popular public-access site after watching the tail end of the Gary South Shore Air Show. As the F-16 fighter jets exited the friendly skies, I was surprised to see swimmers bobbing in the unfriendly waters, well off the shore.

Further down the shoreline, near West Beach, two lifeguards told swimmers to get out of the water after rip current warnings were put into effect. But there are no lifeguards at the Riverwalk and most other beaches.

For 15 years, I’ve written too many columns on Lake Michigan drownings, most caused by rip currents, the vacuum-like force in the surf zone of our deceiving Great Lake.  more...



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Ancient 'New York City' of Canada Discovered

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Today New York City is the Big Apple of the Northeast but new research reveals that 500 years ago, at a time when Europeans were just beginning to visit the New World, a settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Canada, was the biggest, most complex, cosmopolitan place in the region.  more...


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