Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy to host community engagement meeting to discuss plans for Pere Marquette lighthouses

by Dillon Davis, M Live

MUSKEGON, MI – Standing guard at the crests of Lake Michigan and along the many miles of  the area’s sandy beaches, lighthouses are the heartbeat of West Michigan.

On Thursday, March 5, the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy is set to host the Muskegon South Pierhead Light Community Engagement Meeting, a community-wide and informal discussion about the future of the area’s lighthouses. The event runs from 5:30-7 p.m. at the United Way of the Lakeshore, 31 E. Clay Ave, in Muskegon.


$125K in grants coming for Port of Muskegon from the West Michigan Prosperity Alliance

by Stephen Kloosterman, MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – West Michigan officials are ready to spend $125,000 to study the best way to develop the Port of Muskegon.

The Port of Muskegon project made a short list of projects that the newly formed West Michigan Prosperity Alliance announced it would help fund. The port was the alliance’s top priority when members voted on 31 different projects back in October.



Great Lakes ice cover over 88%

Lakehuronby Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

How rough a winter has it been on the Great Lakes? Ask the crew of the freighter Arthur M. Anderson — whenever they make it back to port.

The 767-foot bulk carrier, due in port a week ago, was only just west of St. Ignace in northern Lake Michigan as of Monday afternoon, making its way to its winter layover port in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.


Apostle Islands ice caves may be open this weekend

by Andy Rathbun, Pioneer Press

The ice caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore could open this weekend if windy conditions don’t spoil the fun.

About 90 percent of Lake Superior is covered in ice, including the area that forms the path to ice caves near Bayfield, Wis. But what’s not clear yet is whether that ice is stable enough for the thousands of visitors likely to come out to see the caves.


Opposition to Lake Huron nuclear waste dump continues to grow

by Jim Bloch, The Voice

Cities and counties in Illinois are among the 143 governmental bodies that have passed resolutions opposing a proposed nuclear waste dump in Kincardine, Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron. The proposed site, officially called a Deep Geologic Repository, is about 100 miles north-northeast of Port Huron.


GRCA officials eager to get going on Great Lakes protection efforts

by Ray Martin, Cambridge Times

WATERLOO REGION – The Ontario government wants to ensure the water of the Great Lakes is drinkable, swimmable and fishable for future generations.

“Today we celebrate the Great Lakes that are vitally important to the people of Ontario for our drinking water, quality of life, and prosperity. We need to restore them now to continue to enjoy their benefits for this and future generations,” said Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, in a news release.


Ice-cutting operations include helping to clear path for Harsens Island ferry

by Jeri Packer, The Voice

While Harsens Island residents got ready for weeks of life without use of the ferry service, the U.S. Coast Guard surprised them.

After combined efforts of U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard cutters in the St. Clair River off of Harsens Island to relieve near-flood state water levels and re-establishing current and ice flow in the area, the USCG cutter Mackinaw remained overnight in the North Channel to assist the ferry in resuming service.