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Port Huron unveils possibilities for Lakeside Park

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The Port Huron Recreation Department unveiled the possible future of Lakeside Park on March 11.

Nancy Winzer, the city’s recreation department director, along with Pam Blough of PM Blough Inc. gave a presentation to the city council and displayed the proposed Master Plan for Lakeside Park.

The plan was developed after two public meetings were held and input was received from the community on the needs of the park’s future look. Included in the plan are ideas to bring the park up to date with the American Disabilities Act, along with features such as a new bathroom facility and concession stand. more...


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National Park Service program promotes paddling on Lake Erie, Cuyahoga River as a way to connect with nature

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Few paddlers think about testing the wide waters of Lake Erie or cruising the Cuyahoga River, but they are key elements of new initiatives by the National Park Service to connect Ohioans with nature. The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program developed by the NPS is working with hikers, bikers and paddlers, as well as local communities, parks, clubs and conservation groups to make it happen.  more...


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Lakes shipping season to start this week

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The 2013 shipping season will get under way in the Twin Ports late today or Wednesday when the 1,000-foot laker Mesabi Miner is expected to be the first departure of the season.

The Miner is scheduled to begin loading coal this morning at the Midwest Energy Terminal in Superior after which the ship will move to the Port Terminal to load and install a drive motor for its conveyor system before making a Lake Superior delivery to Marquette, Mich.  more...



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Presque Isle Bay advisory group discusses its future

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Sequestration has put a hitch in proposed plans for future monitoring of fish, water and sediment in Presque Isle Bay.

The bay on Feb. 13 was removed from the Area of Concern list under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The Presque Isle Bay Public Advisory Committee on Monday held its first meeting since the delisting and talked about what happens next with the bay and the group."Here's the glitch," Lori Boughton, head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Office of the Great Lakes, told the committee.  more...


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Whitehall moves quickly to dredge city marina

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The City of Whitehall is expediting the dredging of its city marina in hopes it will be ready for the boating season.

The city is facing a crisis at its marina because of record low water levels in Lake Michigan and White Lake. Waters levels around the city marina�s docks are down to four feet.

Last Tuesday, the city council approved the expenditure of $7,500 for engineering of an expected $182,000 dredging program at the marina.

The council approved an engineering proposal by the firm, Prein&Newhof.

The city has applied for $182,000 in Emergency Dredging funds to remove 5,200 cubic yards of sediment and the grant has been tentatively approved pending legislative approval of the 2013 Emergency Dredging Plan. The $21 million plan to dredge 49 public owned harbors was approved by the Senate March 7. It was approved by the House Appropriations Committee last Wednesday.  more...



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Invest in our military daughters: 12 girls need your support

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This summer, cities along the Great Lakes will join together for a bicentennial commemoration of a decisive moment in United States and Canadian history. We believe that the trials and strengths of women throughout history, and the courage of today's military daughters, should not be forgotten. Help us give families in the United States Military and Canadian Forces the opportunity of a lifetime for their daughters. Help these girls climb aboard with Sisters so they can grow from our hands-on confidence-building leadership program.  more...


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Great Lakes Boating

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The cover story in the latest issue of Boat U.S. magazine is "Cruising the Great Lakes." The issue features a special section on recreational boating in the Great Lakes, including an article on how to have a front row seat (in your boat slip) for the 200th anniversary reenactment of the Battle of Lake Erie.  more...


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Group trying to purchase Ford

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The 110-year-old J.B. Ford, the only remaining vessel of the W.A. Hawgood Fleet, could be facing the scrapyard in six months. This piece of maritime history last operated in 1985, and has since been used for cement storage at Lafarge North America in Superior, Wis., where she awaits her fate to this day. more...


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Cruise ship set to make 2 stops during summer

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ALPENA - For two days in August Alpena will play host to the visitors who are taking a Great Lakes cruise on the Travel Dynamics International cruise ship Yorktown. The 257-foot cruise ship will stop in Alpena for a half day on Aug. 2 and again on Aug. 14 and while here the guests will have a chance to get to know Alpena, as well as visit its attractions.  more...


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See which harbors and marinas would be helped with Michigan's emergency dredging plan

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Harbors and marinas from the Upper Peninsula to metro Detroit would get some financial help under an emergency dredging plan developed by state officials in response to declining Great Lakes water levels.

The plan would rely on $21 million as proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder in his budget plan announced last week. The Legislature would have to approve a supplemental funding request and some financial transfers before the money could be allocated and spent.  more...



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The Trouble With Buying Kids' Life Jackets Like Shoes

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Kids grow fast. That’s why frugal parents often buy their kid’s shoes a little bigger than the actual size. However, when buying a kid’s life jacket that’s too large – a common mistake – the results can be heartrending because children in a wrong-sized life jacket can easily slip out.

“I’ve sent my own kids to school with slightly bigger shoes,” says BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety President Chris Edmonston. “However, if a too-big life jacket slips off a child when their arms go above their head, there could be tragic results.” Edmonston, himself a father of five, knows what he’s talking about. Here are some tips on having the right-sized kids’ life jacket:  more...



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Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail: Feds' $100,000 Grant Will Extend Michigan Lakeshore By 5 Miles

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On the shores of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is already heralded as America's most beautiful scenic overlook.

A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation will help extend that beauty.

Departing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday that the Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail will be extended by five miles, connecting the town of Glen Arbor north to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.  more...



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Perch gone wild: Can drugs prompt a Great Lakes feeding frenzy?

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Could mood-altering drugs force Great Lakes fish into a feeding frenzy?

A new study from Sweden’s Umeå University finds that fish eat faster and become bolder when exposed to a common anti-anxiety drug. That poses serious questions for the Great Lakes, where the presence of pharmaceuticals has been documented.  more...


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Great Lakes shipping industry sees increased cargo levels

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A view of some tugboats assisting a 579-foot McKee Sons freighter stuck in the Trenton Channel next to Grosse Ile.As industrial operations across the country spring back to life after the recession, the Great Lakes shipping industry has seen an uptick in cargo levels.

At the same time, there are several factors that could threaten the rebound, including problems with low lake levels and dredging of waterways.

U.S.-flag ships working on the Great Lakes carried 89.5 million tons of materials last year, and while that's down 14 percent from 2007, in 2011 it was down 4.6 percent.  more...



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Cruise ship visit to Saugatuck in jeopardy due to low water levels

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The second season of a cruise ship’s visit to Saugatuck could be in jeopardy because of low water levels.

The Yorktown is scheduled to visit the city seven times this year.

“I do not believe that there is enough water depth in our federally authorized channel for the ship to enter our port especially where our channel enters Lake Michigan,” Felicia Fairchild, executive director of the Saugatuck Douglas Convention and Visitors Bureau, wrote in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder.  more...



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