Researchers ID mystery wreck in Lake Erie

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The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, in collaboration with its partners the Cleveland Underwater Explorers, has identified a mystery wreck in Lake Erie as the schooner Plymouth that sank in 1852 after a collision with a sidewheel steamer.

In 1996, an unidentified shipwreck of a two-masted schooner was located in Lake Erie, 20 miles off Cleveland. In 2011, the wreck’s existence and location were publicized, and in 2013 and this year, the Cleveland Underwater Explorers performed archaeological surveys to determine the identity of the wreck.

The work was funded by the National Museum of the Great Lakes, according to Christopher Gillcrist, executive director of the museum.

Want to help the Great Lakes? Change your soap

Louise Knott Ahern, Detroit Free Press

Do you wash your face every night? Brush your teeth?

Of course you do. But your nightly beauty routine might be adding to plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, and environmentalists are ramping up efforts to try to get you to change the products you use.

Some of the top Great Lakes scientists, researchers and activists gathered in Grand Rapids last week for the 10th Great Lakes Restoration Conference. One of the main topics of the conference every year is pollution and how to fix it.

September Cleanup Fuels Volunteers’ Passion for Great Lakes, Concern for Clean Water in Wake of Toledo Water Crisis

Thousands of dedicated volunteers will join the Alliance’s annual September Adopt-a-Beach™ cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon* Saturday, clearing shorelines in five states while showcasing a passion for stewarding their slice of the Great Lakes.

Together, they make up the impressive Great Lakes leg of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, with more than 6,800 Adopt-a-Beach™ volunteers picking up some 16,660 pounds of trash along 239 shoreline locations during last year’s cleanup. This year’s event is on track to be just as successful.

Held across five states  — Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – the annual September Adopt-a-Beach™ Event provides a unique lens for viewing firsthand the value these volunteers ascribe to their local Great Lakes beaches, shorelines and water.

Last month’s news that a massive toxic algae bloom contaminated Lake Erie drinking water for nearly 500,000 Toledo residents underscored that value, and brought home the message that good stewardship starts locally.

In a show of solidarity with Toledo, Adopt-a-Beach™ teams will hoist posters at Saturday’s cleanups and send the message that Great Lakes governors and Canadian premiers must protect Great Lakes drinking water and address the preventable root causes of toxic algae blooms: excess nutrients from farm runoff and sewage treatment plants.

Adopt-a-Beach™ is open to everyone. To find a cleanup in your community, see; register to volunteer for a cleanup at Learn more about the September cleanup at

Follow the September Adopt-a-Beach™ events via Facebook, and Twitter for #trashfreelakes.

Manchester-area farmers finding ways to reduce waste run-off after Lake Erie scare

Gene Daniels, EPA

Gene Daniels, EPA

by Nathaniel Siddall, The Manchester Enterprise

Farmers in the River Raisin watershed are finding ways to reduce the runoff that is contributing to water quality problems in Lake Erie.

The problem gained national attention earlier this summer, when drinking water in Toledo was contaminated by an algal bloom.

Local farmers were recently invited on a cruise on Lake Erie, sponsored by a coalition of agencies, to see the algae problem first hand, and to learn about practices and programs to reduce runoff.

Ambitious few are turning lighthouses into living spaces



by Chris Togneri,

MENTOR, Ohio — Sheila Consaul’s front yard is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio.

Her walkway is a stone jetty that extends a half-mile into Lake Erie. Her front steps are the rungs of a ladder, and the light atop her three-story home can be seen for miles. It comes with the benefit of helping boaters navigate at night.

“So yeah, I bought a lighthouse,” Consaul said recently while trekking along the jetty to her summer home in northeast Ohio. “I heard about these lighthouses coming up for auction, and I thought, ‘Well, that would be interesting.’ ”

Since 2000, the federal government has sold more than 100 lighthouses to private buyers, many of whom are turning them into livable spaces.

Antique Boat Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day LIVE!

Antique_Boat_Museum_LogoCLAYTON, New York (September 15, 2014) — The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America’s premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, proudly announced today that it will again open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live!, which will be held on Saturday, September 27. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

“We are honored to once again be a part of this nationwide program and believe the Smithsonian magazine has cultivated a fantastic idea to engage new or repeat museum visitors,” said Michael Folsom, ABM Director of Marketing and Communications.

Located along the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands region of upstate New York, the ABM features a collection of over 300 antique and classic boats, among thousands of recreational boating artifacts, making it the premier boat museum in the country. This past August, the Museum will hosted its 50th annual Antique Boat Show and Auction, the longest running show in North America.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is now available to download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket at the ABM will receive free admission for two (2) on September 27, 2014 only. One (1) ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Museum Day Live! tickets presented on a smartphone at the ABM will be accepted. A Museum Day Live! ticket is required in order to take advantage of this offer.

For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit

Mercury Marine raises money in support of Augie’s Quest to help fund ALS research

FG5T3791_small_2FOND DU LAC, Wis. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Employees at Mercury Marine have rallied together to raise money to support Augie’s Quest, a charity dedicated to raising money that will help fund research and drug development aimed at ending amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The Mercury team gathered for an ice bucket challenge at Mercury’s global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in early September, where participants donated a generous contribution to Augie’s Quest. Augie’s Quest was developed by Life Fitness founder and former Brunswick Corporation executive Augie Nieto, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. Over the past decade, the cure-driven foundation has raised more than $41 million for ALS research.

Sunk in a flash: Tragic 1899 shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior

by Garret Ellison, M Live

LAKE SUPERIOR — Caught in a freezing gale, Captain A.E. White was unable to do anything but watch as the icy waters of Lake Superior claimed the schooner Nelson, which was under his tow en route to the Keweenaw Peninsula.

“Before we were aware of her danger, she began sinking,” White, captain of the steamer A. Folsom, told a newspaper reporter in May 1899.

“In a few minutes, she dove to the bottom.”

Great Lakes Beach Sweep coming Sept. 20

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The annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep is coming up again and organizers are seeking diligent volunteers.

The event, which is designed to clean up area shorelines of various man-made refuse, is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20 with Lake Erie Coordinator Sharen Trembath leading volunteers from a home base at Woodlawn State Park in Hamburg.

Tests deal with potential carp attack

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LANSING, Mich. | Ten U.S. and Canadian agencies took part in a field exercise this week, testing their ability to respond to an invasion of Asian carp in western Lake Erie and head off a major environmental threat to the Great Lakes and their multibillion-dollar fishing industry.