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Michigan bill may loosen critical sand dune protection

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It would be easier for property owners to build in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior sand dunes under a bill before Michigan lawmakers.

“The main change of this bill is instead of having the default answer be no, which it kind of is right now, we assume that if you buy a piece of land you are allowed to build a house on it,” said Bob DeVries, chief of staff for bill sponsor Sen. Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive.


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New law removes grooming permits

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure allowing beach-front property owners on the Great Lakes to uproot or mow plants, cut paths and smooth sand with hand tools or machines without a state permit. Supporters say it's time to ease up, although few permit applications have been rejected.

Property owners still will need approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  more...


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High E. Coli levels at Saugatuck Dunes beach on Lake Michigan prompt health advisory

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saugatuck 1.jpgForget swimming today at Saugatuck Dunes State Park beach on Lake Michigan.

After a water sample finding of 640.33 E. coli per 100 ml of water -- more than double the maximum of 300 E. coli per 100 ml recommended for safe total body contact contact-- the Allegan County Health Department is advising the public to avoid swimming at the beach.  more...



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Ohio beaches still second worst in country among coastline states

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beach-bacteria.JPGOhio beaches remain the second most polluted in the country and Cuyahoga County overtook Lorain County for the most polluted beach water among Ohio counties alongside Lake Erie, according to an environmental advocacy group.

The Natural Resources Defense Council report released Wednesday analyzed more than 3,000 beaches last year from the 30 states with coastlines. It found Ohio's beaches are the most polluted along the Great Lakes.

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Flood Water Contamination

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding folks to avoid contact with flood water, but that warning does not apply to lake superior beaches outside the Duluth harbor area.

State and local public health officials say to avoid unnecessary contact with flood water.  Flood water may be contaminated with sewage, disease-causing germs and other potential contaminates, according to Amy Westbrook, Duluth District Epidemiologist for MDH. 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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Cleveland's state-run lakefront parks are embarrassing: Mark Naymik

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland's lakefront parks stink.

Three in particular assault the nose and eyes: Euclid Beach, and Wildwood/Villa Angela and Edgewater. I visited all three on a recent sunny day.

Euclid Beach, located on the city's eastern edge, is the worst. It looks like it was abandoned years ago. Landscaping is dominated by weeds. The wood slats on the park benches are rotted, missing, or splintered. The horseshoe pits, which lack steel stakes, are deep enough to hide a dead body. Portable bathrooms stand in for the locked-up restrooms with bad plumbing. Lampposts look as if they were used for target practice. more...



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Five Huron County beaches exceed provincial standard for E. coli bacteria in 2011

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HEATHER BOA Bullet News CLINTON – Five Lake Huron recreational beaches had concentrations of E. coli bacteria that exceeded the provincial standard during the course of water sampling by the county’s health unit last summer.

Amberley, Goderich Main, Goderich Rotary Cove, Goderich St. Christopher and Port Albert beaches had high E. coli levels in a calculation of averages determined from 25 water samples taken through the summer months, according to the Huron County Health Unit’s Beach Water Monitoring Report 2011.  more...


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Lake Michigan: A source of wind power?

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HOUGHTON, Mich., June 15 (UPI) -- Lake Michigan is an untapped reservoir of wind energy, say researchers who are studying whether it can be harvested economically and without environmental harm.

Scientists at Michigan Technological University have been gathering data come from a 6-ton floating buoy deployed at three locations in the lake, two near the shoreline and another 35 miles off shore.

Loaded with scientific equipment, the buoy has provided the first direct measurement of wind over the Great Lakes at the height of commercial turbines, a university release reported Thursday.

The buoy is solar and wind powered and has a backup diesel generator, allowing it to run fully automated and gather data for almost a year, researchers said.  more...



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Sustained federal infrastructure investment needed to curb Great Lakes sewage overflows

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Drenching spring and summer downpours often overwhelm municipal wastewater treatment plants and spill billions of gallons of raw sewage and stormwater into the Great Lakes.

This all-too-predictable seasonal cocktail brings with it a host of unsavory pollutants: household chemicals, solid waste, and nasty bacteria and viruses that make a day at the beach an exercise in frustration and risk.  more...


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State of the St. Clair River is improving

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When Tim Moran was a boy, toilet paper regularly caught on his fishing lines and anchor ropes while he fished and boated in the St. Clair River.

"I don't see that anymore," said Moran, now an engineer with Pollutech EnviroQuatics Ltd in Sarnia.

Thirty years ago, it was hard to enjoy the St. Clair River. The surface of the famously blue 42-mile long corridor, which links Lakes Huron and St. Clair, was frequently marred by sheens of oil and gas, chemical spills, blooms and die offs of aquatic weeds, fish kills and the stench of rotting flesh, raw sewage and floating garbage.  more...


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Asian carp could invade Northumberland Lake Ontario waters

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NORTHUMBERLAND -- Lake Ontario could be under an invasion.

Asian carp could be making their way into Canadian waters in the near future, which could devastate Ontario's native fish species.

"The Asian carp could starve off our native species of fish," said John Cooper, spokesman for the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). "Our concern is Asian carp primarily eat plankton, and a number of young native species rely on plankton while growing up, such as walleye, yellow perch, pike and others."  more...



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Lake Ontario water level plan praised, protested

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A plan to bring more natural water level fluctuations to Lake Ontario has drawn protests from some lakeshore residents who say it would speed shoreline erosion and increase the risk of flooding, while scientists say it will rebuild beaches, dunes, and critical wetlands.

The International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian organization established under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty, is taking comments through June 15 on a proposed new approach to regulating water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway, which are controlled by releases from the Moses-Saunders Dam in Cornwall, Ontario.  more...



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Flag raised on mercury impacts

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ALBANY — New York is responsible for less toxic mercury pollution from electrical power plants than any other state around the Great Lakes, according to a report Wednesday by an environmental group.

Issued as Congress debates blocking proposed federal rules to limit power plant mercury emissions nationwide, the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found New York plants emitted 10 times less mercury than the worst state, Ohio, which unlike New York has no state rules to limit power plant mercury.  more...



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Rethink, respect water and there will be plenty, author says

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Author Charles Fishman remembers when bottled water was sold only for use in steam irons.

“When I was young, they sold a gallon of water in the laundry aisle … that’s it,” said Fishman, who is 51 years old. “And it was covered in dust and no one ever bought it.”

Things have changed. Bottled water has lined store shelves and checkout counters for decades now. more...


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