Barring significant rainfall, the Lloyd Park boat ramp in Winnetka could be closed this boating season due to the low water level and sand accumulation, park officials said recently.
The water near the ramp must be at least three feet deep for the Park District to allow boat launching. If the ramp is closed, boaters would be forced to take their vessels north to Waukegan or consider other closer, but more costly options, such as Lake Forest.
A new report says fish and wildlife in the Lake Superior basin face a looming climate crisis.
The National Wildlife Federation in the U.S. says radical change is ahead for the world’s largest freshwater lake because it's heating up rapidly. The overarching theme of the report, called "Wildlife in a Warming World: Confronting the Climate Crisis," is that climate change is the biggest threat wildlife will face this century.
NEW BUFFALO — The New Buffalo CIty Council moved forward with plans to dredge shallow areas of the Galien River used by boaters to travel in the federal channel between the city’s harbor, boat launch and Lake Michigan during its Feb. 19 meeting.
The council unanimously approved a $6,500 bid for “Launch Access Channel” dredging engineering and a $7,138.75 bid for the launch channel dredging permit modification, both from Wightman & Associates.
TRAVERSE CITY — Toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie may form more often unless farms and cities do a better job of controlling runoff of nutrients that feed them, a scientist said Tuesday as specialists developed proposals for confronting the threat.
About 40 experts met for two days in Windsor, Ontario, to compare research findings about the lake's struggles with algae and work on a report for government policymakers. The gathering was convened by the International Joint Commission, a U.S.-Canadian agency that advises both nations on issues affecting shared waterways.
LUDINGTON -- As the S.S. Badger prepares for its 60th season, a federal ruling could determine the future of the last coal-fired steamship.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the S.S. Badger to stop dumping coal ash into Lake Michigan.
The 410-foot ferryboat discharges more than 500 tons of ash slurry each season on its runs between Ludington and Manitowoc, WI. Company officials say they're researching new fueling technology but need more time.
The increased carbon dioxide changing the water chemistry and ecology of oceans may also be affecting freshwater and the organisms that live in it.
It’s called ocean acidification. But some researchers suspect it will impact the Great Lakes.
“Based on our preliminary modeling and understanding of carbon cycles, we think similar acidification trends will take place in the Great Lakes to the degree that researchers are expecting in the oceans,” said Galen McKinley, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of Wisconsin.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Federal and state officials have had success in finding plentiful environmental DNA of Asian carp in waters from the Chicago area to Western Lake Erie over the past two years. They have yet, however, to capture a live silver carp or bighead carp in the expansive Great Lakes.
When Scandia, a Norwegian wind company, announced its plans to install 200 turbines in Lake Michigan four miles from the tourist town of Ludington, Michigan, in 2009, they likely didn’t anticipate the controversy that would erupt.
After all, the project would be delivering domestically produced renewable energy to replace planet-warming fossil fuels. It would create local jobs installing and operating the turbines. A nearby pumped-hydro facility for storing backup energy sat in the nearby dunes, complete with substations and high-voltage lines they could use to move electricity from their offshore turbines to the grid.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's (RBFF) Take Me Fishing(TM) campaign is bringing attention to the growing winter sport of ice fishing, and congratulates Team USA for taking fourth place at this year's World Ice Fishing Championship (WIFC) held February 16 - 17, 2013 near Wausau, Wisconsin. The new WIFC/Take Me Fishing(TM) partnership comes in conjunction with the expansion of ice fishing content on TakeMeFishing.org, where members from the award-winning team share personal tips and tricks for the sport that they've participated in all of their lives.
In the last 50 years, things have been looking pretty murky around Lake Ontario’s shoreline and Dr. Joseph Makarewicz wants to know why.
Makarewicz has been studying the reason water around the shoreline is so murky and has been awarded a two-year $189,884 grant by the United States Geological Survey to aid in the continuation of his work. The grant will be divided between the college and contributing groups at RIT and Niagara University and will contribute to his latest study “Lake Ontario Nutrient Study.”