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The first proposed diversion of Great Lakes water since the historic Great Lakes Water Resources Compact was approved is trying to quietly work its way through the labyrinth of the approval process. But that won’t be for long.

The City of Waukesha, Wis. (pop. 70,718), which sits on the western edge of Metropolitan Milwaukee, has a bad problem with its water supply—radium. Radium is a cancer causer that gets into the water as aquifers get sucked dry.

Waukesha and its surrounding communities in the next county west of Milwaukee County has been the metro area’s preeminent place for economic growth in recent decades as the white flight from the big city settled west in their suburban style homes, with suburban style yards and the accompanying water consumption that comes with unrestrained growth needed to support all that. Officials ignored the fact that the water was going bad if they didn’t come up with a way to conserve or dig new wells.  more...



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Classic Titanic-era ship makes its final voyage to Ontario port

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community-keewatin3-480.jpgOn June 23, the S.S. Keewatin (@SSKeewatin)will arrive at Port McNicoll, Ont. - one hundred years to the day that it first docked there. Built five years before the Titanic, the Keewatin served a travel line across Lake Superior through most of the 20th century as part of Canadian Pacific Railway's Great Lakes steamship fleet.

On Wednesday, CBC Community member Shari Chambers caught a view of the Keewatin as it passed by the Cove Island Light near Bruce Peninsula, Ont. Here's her account.  
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One lake at a time: Petoskey paddler takes on the Great Lakes

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His trips can last as long as three months and, during them, he weathers bugs, wind, and three and four foot waves.

But paddler Stephen Brede's trips also include viewing early morning sunrises, views of lighthouses from a perspective few people experience and paddling with a hardcore biker with a penchant for kayaking.

Brede, a Petoskey resident, quietly decided three years ago that he would try to paddle the perimeters of all five Great Lakes, a goal mentioned by another famous Michigan paddler, canoe legend Verlen Kruger.

"I had been thinking for a long time about a non-motorized trip," said Brede.  more...



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Something Smells Fishy in These Tiny Michigan Towns

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imageGROSSE POINTE, Mich.—This time of year, life in the part of Michigan known as Grosse Pointe is, well, pretty gross.

Every year at the beginning of summer, the five tony communities that share the Grosse Pointe name and their neighbors along Lake St. Clair are invaded by millions of inch-long fish flies that live only about two days and then die—coating roads, sidewalks, yachts and cars in blankets of lifeless, crunchy bugs.

The worst part: The flies have little do to with fish. The name refers to the smell all those rotting bugs give off.

This year's crop of fish flies—known as mayflies elsewhere—seems to have been magnified, locals say. At the many marinas along the lake, boats are covered with the bugs. Owners take dust bins and shovel out inch-deep piles of carcasses from their vessels. On the water at night, the flies get so thick it is difficult to see.  more...



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Life jackets, sobriety and education urged for boaters

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When it comes to water safety on the lake, there are three important precautions that Edwin Lyngar, boating education coordinator with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, wants people to remember.

"Wear a life jacket, boat sober and take a boating class," Lyngar said. "If people would do those three things, there would be a tremendous reduction in accidents and fatal accidents."  more...



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Travel Tip: Boating Apps

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You always want to have reliable communication devices when heading out in a boat. But these days, your mobile phone can do a lot more than just make emergency calls.

Most mobile phones now come with a GPS receiver, so an option like Google Maps will work. But you’re relying on a cell-phone signal or wireless service, you may be out of luck. And remember enabling your phone’s GPS will eat up the battery quickly.  more...



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Boating tips to keep you from becoming a statistic

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Boating season is here, and whether you plan on leisurely Lake Erie jaunts or heart-pounding regattas, you should always keep safety foremost in your mind, especially given the growing number of boating accidents each year.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s recently released report, boating deaths jumped 12.8 percent in 2011 and are the highest they’ve been since 1998.

Last year, 758 people died and 3,081 were injured in 4,588 boating accidents reported to the Coast Guard. Of these deaths, 70 percent drowned and 84 percent of those who drowned weren’t wearing a life jacket.  more...



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New bridge is big reward without the risk, lieutenant governor says

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Michigan will get all the benefits of a new international bridge but bear none of the cost or other risk under a long-awaited deal Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce in Windsor today , Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said Thursday.

"This really is a no-brainer," Calley said as he told the Free Press details of the deal to build the New International Trade Crossing from Detroit to Windsor.

"This is the type of project which gives us the ability to have our cake and eat it, too."  more...



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New cruise sets sail for shores of Lake Superior

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After a two-decade absence, the public can once again set sail along the shores of Marquette with Marquette Harbor Cruises.

With its port and ticket office located in the lower harbor, residents and tourists of Marquette alike can take the narrated cruise on Lake Superior that offers views of the city.

On Friday, May 18, the Isle Royale Queen III set on its maiden voyage for Marquette Harbor Cruises. According to owner Molly Carmody, the cruise runs seven days a week and will continue to operate daily until Oct. 14.  more...



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Steel industry driving up tonnage numbers on St Lawrence Seaway trade

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North American commodities used in the steel and construction industries continued to fuel an uptick in tonnage numbers along the St. Lawrence Seaway System, with international demand for shipments of iron ore and coal driving imports in May, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation said in a statement released today.

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported that year-to-date total cargo shipments for the period March 22 to May 31 were 8.9 million metric tons, up 3.7 percent over the same period in 2011.

“Seaway tonnage increases this year continue to nudge upward to 5 percent overall when compared to the same time frame last year,” said Rebecca Spruill, Director of Trade Development for the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.  more...



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History and mystery mark Edgewater Park sailing club

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A light breeze, clear sky and a sailboat named Bluebird make Doug Campbell a happy man.

For nearly 20 years, the township resident has indulged his hobby as part of the Red Dragon Canoe Club. The 70-year-old enjoys what he said can be totally quiet experience.

“There’s a saying about sailing — it’s 90 percent boredom and 10 percent terror,” he said with a laugh.

The Delaware River was the backdrop for Campbell’s musings during a Sunday ride in Bluebird. Despite an overcast sky and the occasionally choppy wave, terror hardly describes the Campbell’s experiences with sailing or the 129-year-old club, which is actively recruiting new members and raising awareness of its storied history. more..



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Life Replays: Those Sailing Scenes on the Great Lakes

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Ain’t talkin’ ’bout love
My love is rotten to the core
Ain’t talkin’ ’bout love
Just like I told you before, yeah before

Alex Van Halen, Edward Van Halen, Michael Anthony, David Lee Roth

Some songs trigger replays or even fantasies. Van Halen‘s Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love is one that places me on any number of Michigan’s infamous beaches; playing in the sand and surf while drinking Bell’s Oberon on a hot, sunny, beautiful, summer day.

With the approach of summer and vacation from school I thought it appropriate to announce a temporary departure from my College Life Replay Mini-Series. Instead, I will share glimpses at summertime childhood memories.  more...



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BoatUS Goes to the Dogs

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The nation’s largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has gone to the dogs. The association has recently launched several programs for dog and pet owners, including new pet insurance coverage through the BoatUS Marine Insurance Program. Effective June 1, the program automatically includes $1,000 of coverage for injuries as the result of an on-the-water accident, as well as a death benefit, for no additional cost.  more...


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Detroit boaters left high, dry as Erma Henderson Marina remains closed for foreseeable future

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Nautical season is at full mast, but boating enthusiasts in Detroit say the city is leaving them high and dry.

Mayor Dave Bing's latest attempt to outsource management of the Erma Henderson Marina fell short on Tuesday, when the Detroit City Council unanimously rejected a contract for Detroit Boat Works owner Stephen Hume, who had offered to pay the city $32,000 a year.   more...



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Tech Talk: Boating Tech

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Hundreds of years ago, sailors used compasses and stars for navigation. Now, modern day boaters have devices like GPS to help them navigate the waters.

"Now they`ve graduated into GPS, especially on the river system with the changing sandbars and everything like that. They want something that will keep them in a safe track down the river," said Vallely Sport and Marine Parts and Accessories Manager Ken Bleth.

Modern trolling motors can be programmed to navigate on their own.

"The current technology is where the whole autopilot system is operated off of satellite too. So you can store trails and tracks and all kinds of stuff in them," Bleth said. more...


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