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SAGINAW BAY SOURCE OF MILLIONS OF LAKE HURON WALLEYES, NEW STUDY SHOWS

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Preliminary results of a new study suggest Saginaw Bay is a major source of walleye for Lake Huron, supporting an important fishery. The 4-year study seeks to understand the extent and reasons for walleye movement into and throughout Lake Huron.  more...


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Landowners Tell Commission Not To Change Lake Levels

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Hilton, N.Y. - A large group of people living along the southern shore of Lake Ontario filled an auditorium in Hilton Wednesday night to voice their concerns over a plan to adjust lake levels.

The plan is authored by the International Joint Commission, or IJC, and would, at times, add more water to the lake.

The commission is now soliciting public comments on the proposal.

The majority of the audience believes any increase would magnify the risk of flooding and erosion.  more...



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China second largest source of Great Lakes mercury pollution

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At a time when U.S sources of mercury into the Great Lakes are dropping, the volume of the same pollutant coming from China is on the rise, experts say.

China is second to the U.S. in terms of contributing mercury into the Great Lakes basin, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  more...



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Feds leave small harbors dredging for cash

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It’s taking plenty of $100 checks and some larger amounts, fundraisers and perseverance.

But with a big slice of their economic future at stake, members of the small waterfront community of Pentwater are banding together to pay for something Washington, D.C., no longer does: Dredging of the sandbar that annually accumulates and chokes off the mouth of a channel between Pentwater Lake and Lake Michigan.

Meanwhile, a federal fund that collects taxes paid by shippers to cover operation and maintenance of navigation channels continues to grow.  more...


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Macomb sees its future as waterfront playground

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What's a good way to grow commerce, recreation and tourism in Macomb County?

Just add water. More specifically, Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River.

County Executive Mark Hackel wants to revitalize the county economy by redeveloping and promoting its two major waterways.

He envisions a waterfront entertainment district that might have hotels, restaurants, a casino and a walkable pier while people are swimming, kayaking and paddle-boarding nearby.

Trying to shake southeastern Michigan's image as an aging industrial center, Hackel wants its economy to shift from one type of blue to another, from blue-collar to the deep blue waters.  more...



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Editorial: Quicker solution to Asian carp is now possible

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Let's talk sooner rather than later. That's the upshot of what should be viewed as a positive move by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last week. As the Corps develops a recommendation to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, it will open up the process to the public much sooner than originally planned.

This is rather remarkable. First, the Corps seems to be conceding that the short list of ways to permanently protect the lakes can be compiled sooner rather than later. Second, it is letting the public, and Congress, dive into the decision-making discussion much earlier than it would have otherwise.  more...



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Tours teach lake history, research

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PUT-IN-BAY --Tourists at Put-in-Bay can learn about Ohio history and the important Lake Erie research conducted at The Ohio State's Stone Laboratory by taking a tour of Gibraltar Island this summer.

Science and History Tours of the 6.5-acre island in Put-in-Bay harbor are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays from June 20 through Aug. 15.

Groups will take guided tours of the island, including Perry's Lookout, the glacial grooves, Stone Lab buildings and the outside of Cooke Castle. The second part of the tour will focus on the Lake Erie research currently underway at Stone Lab.  more...



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Great Lakes lamprey will be baked into a dish fit for a queen

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Sea lamprey, above, are protected in England, so pie-makers for Queen Elizabeth II put out a call to the Great Lakes.Sea lamprey may be one of the most hated species in the Great Lakes, but it's a key ingredient in a traditional English pie that will be given to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee in June.

But because the eel-like creatures are now a protected species in England, the City of Gloucester, which has given the pie as a gift to the monarch since the Middle Ages, made a request for the lamprey to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, which was only too happy to supply them. Unfortunately, the English need only a few to make the pie. more...



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Michigan city creek barrier to keep invasive eel out of Lake Michigan

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — Efforts to keep an invasive species out of Lake Michigan will get a boost from a new barrier set up along a Michigan City creek.

The sea lamprey barrier installed along Trail Creek is a collaboration between the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The barrier is designed to keep sea lamprey from moving to spawning areas and will trap those that try to move through, The Times in Munster reported (http://bit.ly/HXr3Rs ).

The sea lamprey is native to the Atlantic but arrived in the Great Lakes more than 75 years ago via seaways. The eel-like fish attaches itself to healthy fish and sucks fluids from them.

One sea lamprey can destroy more than 40 pounds of fish during its lifetime.  more...



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Speaker to urge stronger water protections

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A prominent environmental lawyer who urges greater protection for our lakes and rivers will be keynote speaker Thursday evening at the local Sierra Club’s 14th annual environmental forum.Jim Olson, who practices law in northern Michigan, believes that threats to the Great Lakes and other waterways necessitate new state laws to protect them from commercial exploitation and pollution.  more...


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Lake's ecosystem continues to change

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I recently had a discussion with a few local anglers about salmon fishing in Owen Sound Bay. The theories and ideas among this small group of individuals had me pounding my head in disbelief. Excuses for the poor fishing ranged from cormorants to commercial netting. The fact is, to some extent they were all wrong.

The food web in Lake Huron has undergone a drastic change in recent years and the major reason for this can be directly attributed to invasive species. I recently attended a meeting between local and regional MNR representatives and a collection of sportsmen who make up the local Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program (CFWIP) clubs. Present at this meeting was MNR management biologist Arunas Liskauskas, who represents the Upper Great Lakes Management Unit. During the meeting, Liskauskas gave an informative presentation on the Huron food web and the impacts invasive species have had on the fisheries that we as local anglers have become accustomed to. I will try to summarize a few of the points to shed some light on the situation in Lake Huron/Georgian Bay.  more...



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Effort at Lake Superior beach aims to help Wisconsin's rarest bird

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If you build it, or at least keep dogs and gulls away, they will come.

That’s the hope along a swath of Lake Superior shoreline in Douglas County this summer under a federally funded program to restore piping plovers, Wisconsin’s rarest bird.

The St. Louis River Alliance is organizing the effort under a five-year, $250,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The diminutive shorebird is seen on occasion passing through the Twin Ports, but no confirmed plover nesting has occurred here in more than 25 years.  more...



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Michigan, Ohio officials to tackle Lake Erie algae threat to fish, tourism

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TRAVERSE CITY -- Officials in Michigan and Ohio agreed last week to cooperate more closely to find solutions to massive algae blooms in Lake Erie, a deadly threat to fish and a turn-off for tourists.

Delegations from both states, including their top environmental protection officials, said Wednesday that they will push harder for reductions in phosphorus discharges from farms, waste-treatment plants and other sources while sharing ideas and supporting research. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pledged technical and financial assistance.  more...



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Shallow harbors are sinking Great Lakes tourism

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A $200-million backlog in unfunded Great Lakes dredging and maintenance projects has left many Great Lakes harbors so shallow, they create safety hazards and hurt Michigan's tourism industry.

Lack of regular maintenance could leave recreational boaters in search of a safe harbor or unable to get boats across a sand-filled harbor entrance.

Even if boaters aren't in peril, they tend to avoid shallow harbors where the depth is uncertain, causing serious financial losses to local businesses and the state's tourism industry in general, tourism officials say. more...



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Buoy that could determine viability of offshore wind farm to head back out to Lake Michigan

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Wednesday state regulators and researchers will head about 35 miles west of Muskegon, near the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Lake Michigan. There they’ll survey the bottom of Lake Michigan to make sure there are no historic artifacts in the way when a floating research platform drops anchor there (likely) later this week.

Arn Boezaart heads the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center. Last year the center operated the buoy only 4 miles offshore. This year it’ll collect first of its kind data that’ll likely determine whether an offshore wind farm is viable in the middle of Lake Michigan. more...



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