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Neighbors protest $50 million development planned for Lake Macatawa's shore

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A proposed $50 million development on the edge of Lake Macatawa could endanger the winter roosting area of about a dozen bald eagles.

Amateur birding enthusiast Larry Tibbet told the Park Township Board on Thursday that the hillsides of the property shelter the eagles during winter and offer the birds an ice-free expanse of water for food that would be destroyed by a planned marina. more...


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23-foot wave sets record at Lake Michigan's south buoy

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South Haven lighthouse, south haven, lighthouse, waves, south haven waves, genericHOLLAND -- A 23-foot wave was recorded by Lake Michigan's mid-lake southern buoy today -- the highest since readings began in 1981.

The buoy, about 50 miles west-southwest of Holland, takes readings from March into November each year, and is shut down each winter, National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Dukesherer said.

"That's the highest wave I've seen," Dukesherer said. Winds are subsiding gradually today, so the 23-foot record is likely to stand, Dukesherer said.  more...



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Site near lighthouse due to become a new park

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About seven acres of land near the historic Buffalo Lighthouse should be-come a new Erie County park soon, County Executive Chris Collins announced Monday.

Meanwhile, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, joined representatives from the U. S. Coast Guard, the Buffalo Lighthouse Association and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. to celebrate the completion of Phase I of a $6.1 million federal project to improve public access to the waterfront adjacent to the lighthouse. Benches, lighting and security fencing were installed. more...



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Plan to renovate Milwaukee lakefront unveiled

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A plan to renovate the downtown lakefront took off Tuesday in the form of a bird's-eye-view video unveiled at a public hearing, meant to dramatically illustrate how the prime outdoor asset could be re-imagined to provide better pedestrian access - and open several blocks of prime lakefront to development.  more...


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Mercury contamination in Great Lakes wildlife more widespread than thought

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Mercury contamination is more widespread and affects more species of wildlife around the Great Lakes than scientists previously thought.

Despite decades of cuts in mercury emissions which have led to a 20% decline in the presence of the contaminant, levels in some species have begun going up again in the last 10 years, scientists said in a new report issued today.

“The extent and nature of the problem is more severe than we thought,” said Charles Driscoll, a study author and professor at Syracuse University.  more...



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Replica of 1813 ship in Cleveland for tuneup

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A 300-ton replica of a U.S. warship victorious in the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie is getting a checkup and some fine tuning at a northeastern Ohio shipyard before returning to its home port in Pennsylvania.

The two-masted warship Niagara is formally called a replica of the flagship from which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated an entire Royal Navy squadron during the War of 1812. But the ship’s current captain, Wesley Heerssen, calls the brig that contains pieces of the original ship the “ third reconstruction since 1813.”  more...


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Removal of Docks and Buoys along the St. Lawrence River to Begin

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As the water levels along the St. Lawrence River recede the New York Power Authority (NYPA) will begin removing docks and buoys in the vicinity of its St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project.

The removal will start on Monday, October 24th, and is expected to take approximately two weeks, but will depend on river and weather conditions.  more...



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Boat Winterizing Tips from the Experts

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As warm summer weather transitions to cool fall temperatures, boat owners begin to think about winterizing their sea vessels.

Most boaters know the basics: drain the boat of all water, pour stabilizer into the fuel tank, use fogging oil to prevent engine rust and flush antifreeze through the engine, motor and water pipes. Hiring a professional may be the best way to ensure that your boat continues to operate come springtime.  more...



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Guest Blog: Shades of October

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It was spontaneous and last minute, “I heard that highway whisper inside, are you ready to fly?” I left at 4 p.m. on a Friday, and the sun went down somewhere around Grayling. When I saw the lights of the Mackinaw Bridge ahead of me, I got excited. Once on the other side, I headed west on M-2 with Lake Michigan staying to my left for miles and miles. The tips of all the pine trees and smooth pane of water were highly visible under the moon. Anyone who has traveled north of Clare knows that the tops of the trees are different once you reach a certain latitude. My headlights also illuminated enough of the branches to my right to distinguish that they were changing color but I ached to see them in the day.  more...


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Dry September sends Lake Superior down

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An unusually dry early autumn caused the level of Lake Superior to drop two inches in September, a month when the big lake usually remains unchanged, the International Lake Superior Board of Control announced. more...

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Fish and wildlife officials battle sea lampreys in Great Lakes

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In this photo taken July 16, 2010, a scientist with the Hammond Bay Biological Station near Huron Beach, Mich., holds a female sea lamprey. The lamprey uses its disk-shaped mouth and sharp teeth to fasten onto fish and suck out their bodily fluids. Proposed cutbacks in federal spending could wipe out years of progress toward controlling sea lampreys in the Great Lakes and restoring fish species devastated by the parasitic invaders, officials say. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

It sounds like a harrowing Halloween story: Underwater, vampire-like creatures bore holes into fish in Lake Erie so they can suck out their life fluids.

It's not fiction -- sea lampreys are a real threat in the Great Lakes.

And there's good news and bad news concerning the federal government's war on sea lampreys, said Jeff Slade, station supervisor in Ludington, Mich., for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  more...



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Isle Royale National Park has new management plan

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials have released a new management plan for Isle Royale National Park.

The plan is designed to preserve the Lake Superior park's wilderness character and natural resources while also enabling people to enjoy them.

It deals with matters such as managing overnight camping, daytime use, campfires, fire towers and picnic tables.  more...



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Swimmers honoured for conquering lake

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NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON—Think back to midnight on Aug. 8. It was a Monday. Probably you were in bed.

Not Christine Arsenault. The 35-year-old mother of two was floating in the middle of Lake Ontario, vomiting. She was 28 kilometres from shore. She had been swimming for 12 hours.

“It got very, very difficult. I was very sick,” she says, calmy. “Probably around 5:30, 6 o’clock I was better.”

Arsenault swam another 23 kilometres after that, to Marilyn Bell Park, at the foot of Exhibition Place — 10 more hours. “I got out, and I fell over,” she says.  more...



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Have a Safe Duck Hunt

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Duck Hunting season started early and is under way. Often there is the combination of hunting and boating. It's a great time to think about hunter safety. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds every hunter that the first thought should always be about safety. Twelve hunters have drowned in boating accidents.

  • While planning a waterfowl hunt, don't forget to check to be sure the boat is in good working condition, with enough gas for the trip and equipped with the proper personal flotation devices and other safety gear.
  • Make sure everyone on board has a properly fitted, Coast Guard approved, life vest or float coat.  more...


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Follow fall boating tips

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As the days slide further into fall, recreational boaters face a unique set of safety issues. Warm days collide with deceptively cold waters, greatly increasing the risk of hypothermia. And, if you run into trouble, the summer crowds have gone leaving few potential rescuers close by. Use this tips from the BoatUS Foundation to ensure everyone gets home safely.  more...


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