WI governor wants to keep hunting, fishing fees for those activities

by Associated Press

MADISON, WI (AP)–   Governor Scott Walker says he wants to review whether hunting and fishing fees collected by the state should be used to pay for costs related to sighting an open pit iron ore mine near Lake Superior.

Walker was asked about the issue Tuesday following a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the state has spent nearly $260,000 to pay for expenses related to the mine that will not be recovered from mining company Gogebic Taconite.

http://wnmufm.org/post/wi-governor-wants-keep-hunting-fishing-fees-those-activities

Ice boom installation underway

by J. Maloni

The Army Corps of Engineers reports the annual placement of 22 spans that comprise the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom began Monday.

Each winter since 1964, the Lake Erie-Niagara Rive ice boom has been installed near the outlet of Lake Erie off Buffalo to reduce the amount of ice entering the Niagara River.

http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2014/12/18/118884/ice-boom-installation-underway

 

The Army Corps of Engineers reports the annual placement of 22 spans that comprise the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom began Monday. – See more at: http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2014/12/18/118884/ice-boom-installation-underway#sthash.rrZSawwS.dpuf
The Army Corps of Engineers reports the annual placement of 22 spans that comprise the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom began Monday. – See more at: http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2014/12/18/118884/ice-boom-installation-underway#sthash.rrZSawwS.dpuf
The Army Corps of Engineers reports the annual placement of 22 spans that comprise the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom began Monday. – See more at: http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2014/12/18/118884/ice-boom-installation-underway#sthash.rrZSawwS.dpuf
The Army Corps of Engineers reports the annual placement of 22 spans that comprise the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom began Monday. – See more at: http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2014/12/18/118884/ice-boom-installation-underway#sthash.rrZSawwS.dpuf

Conservation group buys more of island in Lake Michigan

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USCG

by Fox 11 News

A conservation organization has bought 36 acres of forest and shoreline on an island in Lake Michigan.

The Nature Conservancy already owned most of St. Martin Island, having bought 1,233 acres last November. St. Martin Island is located in Michigan waters, about five miles from Washington and Rock islands.

http://fox11online.com/2014/12/17/conservation-group-buys-more-of-island-in-lake-michigan/

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio EPA dig in on dredging dispute

by Sabrina Eaton, Northeast Ohio Media Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency are in a mud fight over where to put sediment that’s dredged from the bottom of the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland Harbor each year so ships can navigate them.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly said it won’t let the federal agency charged with harbor maintenance dump dredged material in Lake Erie because the muck contains toxic PCBs that endanger fish.

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2014/12/us_army_corps_of_engineers_and.html

GVSU researchers find more of invasive snail species in Lake Michigan

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Minnesota Sea Grant

Fox 17, West Michigan

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The faucet snail is spreading in Lake Michigan, and that bodes ill for water birds native to Michigan, says Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute.

The snail, originally from Europe, carries parasites that kill ducks and coots. When the birds eat the snails, the parasites in the snails can kill the birds. But the snails are small and difficult to kill, said an institute release Tuesday.

http://fox17online.com/2014/12/16/gvsu-researchers-find-more-of-invasive-snail-species-in-lake-michigan/

Safety chief: No reason to fear nuke dump by Lake Huron

D. Gordon E. Robertsonby Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press

The rising concerns and complaints expressed on both sides of the Detroit River about a proposed underground nuclear waste repository in Ontario — less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron — appear to be falling on deaf ears.

The public’s perceptions of risk from nuclear facilities can be discounted because they are “not in line with facts” and are fueled by “pop culture and myths,” according to the head of Canada’s nuclear safety regulatory agency.

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2014/12/14/great-lakes-nuclear-waste/20360987/

State OKs funds to monitor toxic algae, Asian carp

by Marc Koac, Review Capital Bureau

COLUMBUS — The state Controlling Board OK’d funding Monday for separate efforts to monitor streams for toxic algae and invasive Asian carp.

The lawmaker panel signed off on $548,900 requested by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to install 14 stream gauges in Lucas, Seneca, Henry, Hancock and Paulding counties.

According to documents, “long-term data on nutrient and sediment loads and stream flow are needed to assess whether (farm conservation practices and state policy changes) will result in reductions in total phosphorus and … improvements in water quality.”

http://www.the-review.com/dix%20statehouse/2014/12/16/state-oks-funds-to-monitor-toxic-algae-asian-carp

Toxic Love Canal waste no longer to be disposed of in Ontario

CBC News, Windsor, Ontario

Days after it began arriving, toxic waste will no longer be shipped from the infamous New York state Love Canal to a waste processing plant in Ontario.

Clean Harbors, based in Massachusetts, said it has reversed its decision to burn and bury up to 100 truckloads of waste that was to be shipped to Corunna, Ont., southeast of Sarnia.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/toxic-love-canal-waste-no-longer-to-be-disposed-of-in-ontario-1.2874554

 

Boaters frustrated with price hikes at local marina

by Brittni Smallwood, News 4 reporter

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A battle has been brewing at the Erie Basin Marina. Boaters say they’re paying too much money to use the marina.

“It’s not the Buffalo Yacht Club. It’s not the Buffalo Launch Club. It’s not the Buffalo Canoe Club. It’s a public marina,” John Cornell, president of the Erie Basin Marina Slip Renters Association, said.

The Erie Basin Marina slip holders have been fighting for months for their rates to go down.

The City of Buffalo owns the marina and Smith Boys is the new operator.

http://wivb.com/2014/12/15/boaters-frustrated-with-price-hikes-at-local-marina/

Natural Resources Board approves emergency rule to protect Lake Superior lake trout

by Josh Lee, nncnow.com

Ashland, WI (NNCNOW.com) — The declining lake trout population in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior has prompted the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to adopt an emergency rule reducing the 2014-15 harvests at its December meeting.

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Natural-Resources-Board-approves-emergency-rule-to-protect-Lake-Superior-lake-trout-285414231.html