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

NIH/Len Rizzi

NIH/Len Rizzi

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.



NY DEC seeks comment on ‘Catch and Release’ stretch on Nine Mile Creek among other fishing reg changes

by David Figura, syracuse.com

Albany, N.Y – The state Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting public comments on a series of proposed changes to the state’s freshwater fishing regulations through Dec. 1.

The regulations, some which would affect anglers fishing on specific Central New York waterways, are tentatively scheduled to take effect April 2015.

The full text of the proposed regulations are also available on DEC’s website .


Great Lakes temperatures below normal heading into winter

by Mark Johnson, newsnet5, Cleveland

CLEVELAND – Great Lakes temperatures, including Lake Erie, are below normal heading into the cold season.

Lake Erie’s current temperature off of Cleveland is 60 degrees as of Oct. 14. That’s two degrees below the average 62 degrees for this same date.

Now, two degrees may not sound like a lot. But, it could be.

A colder Lake Erie means the lake could get to the freezing mark earlier than usual this winter.


New stewardship programs aim to teach students how to care for Great Lakes



by Kim Eggleston, Upper Peninsula’s Second Wave

The Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Institute is the newest among several regional hubs across Michigan with the goal to educate students on good environmental stewardship for the Great Lakes and their watersheds.

Last spring, a group of fourth-grade students in Marquette embarked on a Great Lakes learning journey with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and local cruise company Marquette Harbor Cruises.


From Judas Fish to Fires: Hundreds Gather to Discuss Techniques for Managing Invasive Species

Credit: Scott Samson, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Credit: Scott Samson, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Starting on Monday, Oct. 20, over 650 people will be in Duluth, Minn., talking about tools for controlling invasive species at the Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference. The tools are as basic as leather gloves and fire and as high-tech as bubble fences and Judas fish that betray the location of their invasive kin via GPS implants.

Private landowners, county staff, academics and federal resource managers, alike, are attending the three-day conference to exchange information about ways to stop the spread of plagues such as emerald ash borers, buckthorn and zebra mussels.