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A FOWL PROBLEM Cities look for ways to keep geese from parks

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In Fennville, geese are celebrated with a parade and festivities the weekend of Oct. 8.

In Greenville, the same birds will face the cold kiss of hot lead if they venture onto a golf course.

Wyoming is looking for the middle ground -- harassing the geese, hoping they will find somewhere else to hang out than city parks.

With 69 acres, Lamar Park is one of the most-used of Wyoming's 17 parks. It includes a softball field, a disc golf course, a baseball stadium, playgrounds and a pair of large ponds.

Those ponds are favorites for nature lovers and increasingly for Canada geese on their way north or south, or hiding from hunters.    more...

 



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Invasive species biggest threat to lakes, report finds

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WASHINGTON -- The flow of invasive species into the Great Lakes tops the list of environmental problems that could plague the lakes for years if not decades, according to a new report.

On Monday the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian organization charged with handling boundary waters issues, urged the two nations to adopt strict regulations to halt invasive species.

"Alien species continue to be introduced into the lakes at about one every eight months," said Herb Gray, the IJC's Canadian chairman. "The commission urges the governments of Canada and the United States to ... coordinate prevention measures to help stop the invasion of the lakes."    more...



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Six establishments cited for sewage system violations

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 PUT-IN-BAY TOWNSHIP--Six South Bass Island establishments failed to get Ohio Environmental Protection Agency permits to discharge treated wastewater into Lake Erie, an agency spokeswoman said.

The OEPA ordered The Ohio State University Stone Lab, Victory Park Resort, Clinster's, Fox's Den Campground, Sky Way and Bird's Nest Resort to apply for the required discharge permit within 30 days, agency spokeswoman Carol Hester said.

Although the stone lab and businesses violated the Clean Water Act by failing to get the necessary permits, the OEPA probably will not cite them or charge fines, Hester said.

The violations are not related to the outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness on the island that health officials believe was caused by contaminated ground water, Hester said.    more...

 



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Rapid digital conservation

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Rapid River sunsetWhen non-native smallmouth bass encroached on a brook trout stream, one group of anglers used the internet as a conservation tool.
 
Brook trout usually are measured in inches, but those of Maine's Rapid River are measured in pounds. The river runs a short-but-steep descent over 3.2 miles of rugged, remote terrain, and provides an angling experience unlike any other. Fishermen from across the state, region and country are drawn to the Rapid en masse in search of its fabled "squaretails," as the big brookies are known, and most return home gratified.

Recent years have seen those anglers landing steady numbers of fish, yet there's often a catch they didn't expect — many times the fish in their hands are bass. Smallmouths were illegally stocked into Umbagog Lake, into which the Rapid runs, about 20 years ago, and their numbers and size have grown steadily with each passing year.    more...

 



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More mercury restrictions for the Great Lakes urged

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Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards called for tougher mercury restrictions in the Great Lakes during a visit to Detroit on Sunday, part of a broader no-toxics lakes plan that John Kerry's presidential campaign is to announce today.

The plan will include a pledge to block any attempts at diverting Great Lakes water to other parts of the United States -- an outright prohibition, which Republicans have criticized Kerry for not supporting. Gov. Jennifer Granholm will announce details today, as part of a strategy to heighten the profile of environmental issues in Michigan.

"We're going to stand up and fight against water diversion in the Great Lakes," Edwards told a roaring crowd at the Michigan AFL-CIO annual Labor Fest.

The Great Lakes program also calls for more federal government involvement in investigating beach closures caused by pollution, and preventing nonnative aquatic species, such as the nuisance zebra mussel, into the lakes.   more...

 



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Water supply threatened

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Communities along the Great Lakes could face another Walkerton-like tragedy unless Canada and the United States spend billions to upgrade wastewater treatment plants, the International Joint Commission (IJC) warns.

"Documented outbreaks of gastrointestinal diseases should serve as a warning that residents of the Great Lakes basin face serious, largely unacknowledged threats from an everyday substance we all tend to assume is safe -- the water we depend on for recreation and drinking," the IJC said in its 12th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality released today. "While problems occur infrequently, the waterborne disease outbreaks in Milwaukee, Wis., and Walkerton, Ont., make it clear that the potential for tragedy remains if drinking water is inadequately treated or challenged by high pollution loads."   more...

 



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PROPOSED WATER DIVERSION PLAN SPARKS DEBATE

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Midwest states and Canadian provinces are conducting public forums this fall on a plan to control large-scale water withdrawals from the Great Lakes Basin. The plan is known as Annex 2001. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports... it's already proving to be controversial:

The Great Lakes governors and Canadian provincial leaders have drafted a plan setting standards for new water withdrawal requests. Thirsty companies and communities outside the basin are expected to look at the five lakes with increasing frequency. Environmental groups largely like the proposal... though some want it made stronger.    more...

 



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Biologist to focus on river

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The St. Joseph River fishery is about to get a little more hands-on attention from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

That's not to say the river was ever neglected by the DNR.

If there's one thing that the Division of Fish and Wildlife has recognized about its northern assets, it's the valuable commodity that the St. Joseph River has to offer.

And frankly, that's what led to the creation of a new position and has brought Rod Edgell to serve as the river's new mother hen.

Edgell was named recently St. Joseph River biologist. And while he'll be stationed at Bodine Fish Hatchery, he'll spend some of his time helping out with Lake Michigan management as well. He'll answer to Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert, who once served as Bodine Hatchery Manager and who knows the river well.  more...

 



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An old enemy persists

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For all the talk of freakish foreign creatures invading the Great Lakes in recent decades, none has come close to the devastation caused by an unwelcome pest that's been present more than 80 years.

The sea lamprey swam through the Welland Canal shortly after it was built in 1919. It began an infestation of the upper Great Lakes that continues to wreak havoc today.

Lamprey have cost millions of dollars to fight, cost billions in lost revenue from depleted fisheries and upset the Great Lakes ecosystem like no other invader.

And while giant, leaping carp, snake head fish, zebra mussels and spiny water fleas all worry scientists, none has come close to having the impact on Lake Superior and most other Great Lakes as the sea lamprey has.   more...

 



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Rusty crawfish causing problems in Great Lakes

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) -- Not all of the Great Lakes' invasive species arrived in the ballast water of freighters.

Scientists believe the rusty crawfish, a native of the Ohio River basin, came to the Great Lakes in bait buckets.

"That's the most likely pathway -- anglers using them for bait and moving them from place to place," Mike Klepinger, a Michigan Sea Grant extension specialist, told The Daily Oakland Press for a story Friday. "We don't have much in the way of specific evidence for that, but we can't figure any other way."

Rusty crawfish are more aggressive than their native counterparts and grab the best shelter. That leaves the natives vulnerable to predators.    more...

 



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MICHIGAN CLEAN MARINA WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED THIS FALL

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Livonia, Mich. -- Michigan marinas can protect water quality and save money by preventing pollution and reducing waste.  Marina owners, managers and employees can learn more about these strategies by joining the state's Clean Marina Program and participating in one of three workshops being offered in September and October.

         Each workshop will feature an explanation of the steps to become a Michigan Clean Marina and how to maintain the designation; a chapter-by-chapter review of the Michigan Clean Marina Guidebook; and a description of the benefits to marinas and harbors that receive the Michigan Clean Marina designation.

      Workshops will be held Sept. 15 in Gaylord; Sept. 22 in Holland; and Oct. 21 in Harrison Township (Macomb County).  All workshops will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

         The workshop fee is $199 per company ($149 for Michigan Boating Industries Association members) and includes the Clean Marina Guidebook and future updates,
checklist, site visit and evaluation by Clean Marina representatives and processing.   For more information about the workshops and to register, go to
www.miseagrant.umich.edu.
 
      The Clean Marina Program was developed to promote voluntary implementation of pollution prevention strategies; promote industry compliance with environmental laws
and regulations; foster communication among the marina industry, state agencies, academic institutions and environmental groups; and develop recognition and economic incentives for environmentally proactive marina operations. The program is a partnership between the MBIA, Michigan Sea Grant and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.   For additional information about the Clean Marina Program,  visit
www.miseagrant.umich.edu/CMP.
 
Nicki Carl Polan
Director of Communications
Michigan Boating Industries Association
32398 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
Phone: 734.261.0123
Fax: 734.261.0880
Email: npolan@mbia.org
Website: mbia.org
 


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EPA TO REGULATE AIRPLANE DE-ICING FLUID?

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The Environmental Protection Agency says it might impose new restrictions on airports. Officials with the EPA say de-icing chemicals used on planes and taxiways can contaminate surface water.

Many airlines spray ethylene glycol on planes to melt ice and frost. The EPA says that chemical can endanger wildlife when it enters nearby water bodies. The agency estimates that 21 million gallons of de-icing fluid are discharged from airports every year.

The EPA plans to study de-icing chemicals to determine whether any restrictions are necessary. Claudio Ternieden of the American Association of Airport Executives acknowledges de-icing chemicals may have an environmental impact, but says the issue is not as simple as it seems.   more...

A Savvy Traveler story about airplane de-icing

 



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Reporting on Indiana's polluted Waters

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Although Indiana ranks second in the nation in active fish consumption advisories, state officials say that doesn't mean waters are significantly more polluted.

This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released an annual summary report of national fish consumption advisories. Indiana has 243 active advisories, according to the EPA report, compared to 65 for Illinois, 81 for Ohio and just 11 for Kentucky. Minnesota has the nation's highest total, with 1,114 advisories, but the state also has thousands of lakes and rivers.   more...

 



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Big 3 catch heat over mercury

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ImageAmid rising concerns about pollution in lakes and streams, environmental groups are criticizing the auto industry for failing to help dispose of mercury-filled switches, a staple of lights and braking components in cars for the past three decades.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said recently that about 13 million acres of lakes and 750,000 miles of streams are now so polluted with mercury — a highly toxic chemical that causes developmental delays and vision problems — that eating too much fish from those waterways could pose health problems for children and for women during pregnancy.    more...

 



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Lab will track water quality

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ImageExperts are hoping a new government forecasting center at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory will develop better ways to monitor and predict water quality and potential hazards.

The lab in Ann Arbor is one of three centers nationwide chosen to research the relationship between human health and the health of ocean and Great Lakes waters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative is creating centers in Seattle and Charleston, S.C., as well, The Ann Arbor News reported.

Stephen Brandt, director of the lab in Ann Arbor, said the new forecasting system at the center would be up and running in five years. The forecasts will rely on models and knowledge of climate, weather, circulation patterns, hydrology, land use and biology to predict the location and severity of toxins in the water, beach closures and water quality conditions.    more...

 



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