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Low Water Levels Reveal Sunken Ships in the Great Lakes

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 Remains of a sunken ship near Door County - UW Sea Grant InstituteWater levels are low enough in the Great Lakes that parts of sunken ships have become visible.
 
John Karl, science communicator for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, says Wisconsin actually leads the nation in the number of shipwrecks listed on the national register of historic places. He estimates there are more than 700 sunken ships near Wisconsin, and some are well preserved because of the Great Lakes' cold, deep, fresh water.
 
Karl says most went down in the 19th century, when they were becoming a major vehicle for commerce.  more...


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The seagoers arrive, heralding a boom in Great Lakes shipping

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satsuki.jpgA steel, 670-foot-long, 80-foot-wide handymax bulk carrier painted fire-engine-red proves once again that Canada is a good neighbor.
 
The arrival of the Federal Satsuki on Wednesday morning at the Port of Cleveland brought tidings of comfort and joy to the whole Great Lakes region -- and to Ohio manufacturers and exporters, in particular.
 
"There is no more important international transportation connection for our state," said Will Friedman, CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority. "It's the most direct, cost-effective, fuel-efficient link to Europe."   more...


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Historic car ferry S.S. Badger's future in doubt after it doesn't get EPA exemption

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The S.S. Badger, the last coal-fired steamship on the Great Lakes, steams from Ludington to Wisconsin. She was launched in 1952.The future is in doubt for the S.S. Badger, a historic coal-fired ferry that's been crossing Lake Michigan for nearly 60 years.
 
The Coast Guard reauthorization bill that has been sent to President Barack Obama for his signature does not include a provision that would have allowed the Badger -- a 410-foot vessel that carries freight, passengers and cars from Ludington to Manitowoc, Wis., from May to October -- to operate under its current permit without regard to any expiration date.  more...


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Keeping an eye on the Great Lakes canary

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Back in the 1970′s, Lake Erie – often referred to as the Great Lakes’ “canary in the coal mine” – was closely monitored by government agencies. As lake health improved, that scrutiny was gradually withdrawn and funds diverted elsewhere. But with the advent of new problems, from dead zones and algae blooms to invasive species like Asian carp, there are again many eyes on the lake. And as independent producer Karen Schaefer reports, the samplers are coming up with some surprising discoveries.  more...


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Canadians alert for missing buoys

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Scientific buoys that were placed on Lake Erie lie on the floor of a storage unit. The buoys are used to record temperature data of the lake. Three are missing, and the officials are asking for help to recover them. The best friend we have on the planet is asking for a hand. Because that’s what good neighbors do, Canada  should be able to rely on the folks in Michigan and Ohio to help out.
 
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is searching for three missing scientific buoys that apparently worked loose from their moorings on Lake Erie.
 
The Lake Erie Management Unit from the province positioned the buoys in the west-central area of the lake in the spring, in places where the water is 33, 49, and 66 feet deep. When crews went out to retrieve the buoys this fall, they were gone.  more...


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Sneak Peek: The New and Improved P&H Aries

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P&H Aries

I recently got sent a couple photos of the updated P&H Aries that is just starting to arrive in North America from the UK factories. The Aries is the fibreglass (or Kevlar) model that is very similar to the rotomolded plastic and highly successful Delphin.
 
Though the Aries has been out for a couple years, they have made some design adjustments based on feedback from boat owners and P&H team paddlers (which I’m a member of).
 
Apologizes in advance as a couple of the photos are not the greatest but it will give you an idea of what to expect in the spring when the boats show up at your local paddling shop.  more...


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Scientists track potential Great Lakes invaders with searchable watchlist

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More than 180 non-native species have already made a home in the Great Lakes basin, and more could make their way in.
 
Scientists and government officials have their eyes on a watchlist of 53 species that are most likely to become established in the Great Lakes region if they get in.
 
Take for example: killer shrimp.
 
Rochelle Sturtevant is a Regional Sea Grant Specialist for Outreach at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab in Ann Arbor.  more...


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Drought’s a Grinch – years from now

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Ken Prince, owner of KP Tree and Nursery in Allendale, is one of many Christmas tree growers in the state who faces a potential business crisis because of last summer’s drought.

“Drought was bad for planting new trees,” Prince said. “We are going to ramp up the planting by 30 percent to make up our loss from the drought.”

He said the loss is hard to measure. “We will only see the loss in eight to nine years because we probably won’t have enough trees at that time.”

“The real impact is not about this year’s trees,” said Bert Cregg, a Michigan State University horticulture professor.

He said Christmas trees need eight to ten years to grow to marketable size so the impact will not appear at least until them.  more...



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Wooden steamer sunk in Lake Huron found

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A wooden steamer that sunk in Lake Huron in 1910 has been found.

The Steamer New York, which was built in 1897, was discovered by the Undersea Research Associates, according to a Monday news release.

During a journey that started in Detroit and headed north on Lake Huron, the New York and two other boats -- the Steamer Mataafa towing the Waleback Alexander Holley -- were caught in a storm, according to the URA. Strong winds and waves caused the New York to lose power and fall onto its side.   more...

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About to run aground on EPA rules, coal-fired ferry seeks to rewrite the law

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When is an earmark not really an earmark?

A fresh bit of Congressional finagling raises that question in regard to yet another special favor for the coal-burning, ash-dumping carferry S.S. Badger – known to many in these parts as a stinky, creaky and rather pricey way across Lake Michigan that still beats the long drive around Chicago.

Since 2008, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began court-ordered regulation of various dumping practices by Great Lakes ships, the Badger has been promising to clean up its act. In return, EPA granted a five-year pass Lake Michigan Carferry, as the operating company is known more...



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Your Green Life: "Eating Fresh Local Fish"

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Lake Superior is driving our local economy. Tourists from near and far visit the ports and the shorelines of the lake to take in its natural beauty. But tourists also are interested in what comes out of the lake. And everyone knows that the best smoked fish can only be found here.
 
The owner at the Northern Waters Smokehaus in Canal Park, Eric Goerdt said, "When tourists come into the shop, they want what comes from Lake Superior. They look at my fish case and they say, what's from Lake Superior? So we sell a lot of whitefish and lake trout, and I buy that from local fisherman so it does help the local economy."  more...


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Paddling Instructor is dead. Long Live Paddling Headquarters

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Paddling Headquarters Logo

’m super excited to finally unveil Paddling Headquarters, the next step for Paddling Instructor.
 
The idea for the rebrand started a couple of months ago when I was looking back through the site archives and I realized that even though there is a lot of teaching resources and “how to teach” articles scattered throughout, the site is much bigger than that. I think the name; Paddling Headquarters is more about what this place really is. A spot for people to come and discover the crazy weird stuff out there related to the outdoor world.  more...


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Hundreds of hectares for sale on Lake Superior

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Hundreds of hectares of land along Lake Superior — the world's largest freshwater lake — are for sale near Terrace Bay.

It's one of the most unusual — and one of the priciest — property sales in northwestern Ontario.
 
More than 1,800 hectares near Terrace Bay are on the market — a parcel that envelops 30 kilometres of shoreline, including frontage on Lake Superior, Hays Lake and the Aguasabon River.
 
A vice president with Ernst and Young, the receivers for Terrace Bay Pulp, said the property is being marketed online to a variety of potential customers, including international buyers.  more...


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Water Runs Through Us: Muskegon's port more than just shipping business but also a tourist draw

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BBC Elbe ship enters Muskegon ChannelJim Fuhlman spent more time than he’d like to admit watching the ships on the Mart Dock from his seventh floor room in the Shoreline Inn.

Here with his wife, Sharon, the Fuhlmans were in Muskegon at the beginning of October visiting family. There aren’t 462-foot ocean-going cargo ships unloading huge turbine blades and tower sections back home in Cedartown, Ga. between Atlanta and Chattanooga, Fuhlman said.

“It was intriguing,” Fuhlman said of the commercial ship operations going on below his hotel balcony. A retired office furniture plant manager, Fuhlman said shipping is an area of business that he really never understood but has always drawn his attention.  more...



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Cargo ship carrying soy beans grounded in St. Lawrence River

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SOREL-TRACY, Que. - A cargo ship ran aground on the banks of the St. Lawrence River near Sorel-Tracy in the Monteregie region of Quebec just a few hours after leaving Montreal on Wednesday.
 
The freighter, registered as Tundra, had weighed anchor in the late afternoon, leaving the Port of Montreal en route to Halifax.
 
Transport Canada's Marine Division has been called to the site to investigate what took place.
 
Nathalie Letendre, a spokesperson for the Canadian Coast Guard, confirmed that the Cyprus-registered vessel was carrying soya.   more...


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