S.S. Badger’s $2 million coal ash retention system to be ready for 2015 season

by Brandon Champion, MLive.com

LUDINGTON, MI – Lake Michigan Carferry is making a major change when it comes to operations for the 2015 sailing season.

The S.S. Badger’s 2014 sailing season recently ended, and the ferry’s owner is preparing for 2015 with a system designed to keep the coal ash from ending up in Lake Michigan.


Ohio biologists encouraged by 2014 Lake Erie hatch results survey



Staff report, thepennews.com

OHIO—Results from the 2014 Ohio Division of Wildlife bottom trawl survey on Lake Erie showed an average walleye hatch and a good perch hatch.
Results from Ohio’s waters of the western basin indicate that this year’s walleye hatch is similar to the average hatches of 2001, 2007, and 2010. Ohio’s bottom trawls caught around 20 walleye per hectare in 2014, slightly below the long-term average of 26 walleye per hectare, and the best since 2007. Average hatches from three of the past eight years has resulted in a broad range of walleye ages and sizes that make up the Lake Erie walleye population.



Critic questions artificial spawning reefs in river

by Syeda Ferguson, Times Herald

The Detroit River is not the St. Clair River — and that’s something Kathy Johnson would like biologists to keep in mind.

A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the Fighting Island reef project in the Detroit River shows the reef is producing lake sturgeon eggs and larvae.



Harbor Beach Dredging Project wins Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award

Huron County View

MARQUETTE – The community of Harbor Beach in the state’s Thumb was honored with the Michigan Municipal League’s 2014 Community Excellence Award on Oct. 17 at the League’s Annual Convention in Marquette.

Harbor Beach won for its innovative, self-performed dredging project and it’s the first community from the League’s Region 5, which encompasses communities in the state’s Thumb, to ever win the statewide title.



First ‘green’ sites unveiled in $3 billion effort to keep sewage out of Lake Erie

by Andrew J. Tobias, Northeast Ohio Media Group

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Officials on Monday unveiled the first of a series of ”green’ projects that use natural landscaping, rather than underground pipes, to absorb rainwater and help reduce sewage overflows into Lake Erie.

This project involves three sites on cleared lots in the foreclosure-blighted Slavic Village neighborhood. Each features a man-made basin designed to collect and absorb rain water that otherwise would flow into sewers.


Officials: still no Asian carp in Great Lakes

by Brooks Hays, UPI

KALAMAZOO, Mich., Oct. 27 (UPI) – Earlier this month, water from the Kalamazoo River in Michigan’s Allegan County tested positive for genetic materials from Asian carp. The results had some local natural resource officials and conservationists worried that the invasive fish were on the brink of invading the Great Lakes.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2014/10/27/Officials-still-no-Asian-carp-in-Great-Lakes/8481414436431/#ixzz3HTVFyarp


Michigan, New York, Minnesota test fisheater’s blood for contaminants

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by Danielle Woodward, Great Lakes Echo

Health authorities in New York, Michigan and Minnesota are waiting for the results of tests for elevated levels of chemicals and metals in people who eat lots of Great Lakes fish.

Blood and urine from volunteers were tested for PCBs, pesticides, mercury, lead and cadmium, according to the New York Department of Community Health.


IDNR awards $150,000 to Waukegan for shoreline plan

Waukegan_Harbor_Light_WithBy: Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun

Long-term improvements to Waukegan Municipal Beach and the Lake Michigan shoreline around it took a step forward earlier this month with the awarding of $150,000 in state funds toward a Waukegan Lakefront Active Implementation Plan.

According to a grant application filed with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources earlier this year, the money will be used to hire a consulting firm that will “identify key projects and activities that can be undertaken in the near term — two to four years — to improve and activate Waukegan’s lakefront area, along with a framework for longer-term activities.”





Spiny water fleas in Great Lakes indicate a larger problem



by Amanda Proscia, Great Lakes Echo

The self-sustaining populations of the spiny water flea, an invasive species, suggest a greater problem in the Great Lakes, according to researchers.

“They reflect a disruptive food web in the Great Lakes,” said Steven Pothoven, a research biologist stationed in Muskegon, Mich., for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Despite its misleading name, the spiny water flea is a crustacean rather than an insect.