IJC Releases 16th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality: Notes Significant Achievement but Sustained Investment and Action Needed
The International Joint Commission (IJC) today released a report on how the health of the Great Lakes has changed over the past 25 years.
While sustained governmental and public efforts have measurably improved Great Lakes water quality, rapid reduction in ice cover and the resurgence of some pollutants like excess nutrients are among the indicators currently raising concerns. Based on contributions from a wide range of U.S. and Canadian experts, the report reveals a mix of achievements and challenges.
"With the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement just revised in 2012, both Canada and the U.S. have renewed and strengthened their commitment to protect and restore the Great Lakes," said Joe Comuzzi, Canadian Chair of the IJC. "Tight budgets on both sides of the border mean that cooperation and coordination of clean-up efforts are even more important, and the recommendations in this report can help."
Boating Safety Week begins Saturday and continues to May 24 nationally.
This week of boating-safety awareness began following a 10-year peak in boating mishaps, mainly the result of not wearing personal flotation devices or life preservers.
The majority of boating accidents occur between May and September; public and private organizations now ramp up efforts to increase boater awareness of state safety guidelines as boating season and the National Safe Boating Week begins.
Don’t be alarmed if you notice hundreds of dead fish appearing in and around the various shores of Lake Ontario, there’s nothing fishy about them.
The fish in question, more commonly known as the alewife, is prone to large seasonal mortalities in the Great Lakes as they suffer from a number of stressors that often occur simultaneously in the spring.
PORT HURON, MI -- The Saint Clair River is a major trunk line for commercial navigation. But, is it also possible that it's draining the Great Lakes?
The river partially connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron to Lake Erie.
International Joint Commission Public Affairs Advisor John Nevin said Erie’s lower elevation makes the Saint Clair River act as a drain.
“If the Saint Clair River erodes or is dredged, that makes that drain bigger…more water runs out of the Lake Michigan-Lake Huron bathtub into the Lake Erie bathtub,” Nevin said.
WATERLOO REGION — They have no natural predators, eat nearly everything in sight and can take over lakes and rivers like an invading army.
Conservationists are sounding the alarm after a 40-pound Asian grass carp, an invasive species of monster fish that has wreaked havoc in U.S. waterways, was caught by an angler last week in the mouth of the Grand River near Dunnville.
“They have the power to remake an aquatic ecosystem to meet their needs and they just push out the native species,” said Dave Schultz, spokesperson for the Grand River Conservation Authority.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources has lifted boating restrictions on three northeastern Indiana lake chains because lake levels have returned to acceptable levels.
The DNR said Wednesday it has lifted temporary restrictions for motor boats on the Barbee Lake chain, including Kuhn, Big Barbee, Little Barbee, Irish, Sechrist, Sawmill and Banning lakes; the Tippecanoe Lake chain, including Lake Tippecanoe, James Lake (Little Tippy), and Oswego Lake; and the Indian Lake chain, including Westler, Witmer, Dallas, Hackenburg and Messick lakes.
This year’s fishing season is starting on the wheels of stocking trucks, new regulations and programs to attract more participants.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said its $9 million program is stocking 19 million fish – 370 tons – including eight trout and salmon species and four cool-water species, including walleye and muskellunge.
This year, DNR’s fish-stocking vehicles will travel nearly 138,000 miles to more than 700 spots around the state.
KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Minimal construction and marginal seaworthiness should produce maximum hilarity Sunday, May 26, during the 22nd annual Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta. Only boats made of thin plywood and duct tape are allowed in the offbeat Memorial Day Weekend regatta.
The float-or-founder fun is set to begin at noon Sunday off the Schooner Wharf Bar, 202 William St. in Key West's Historic Seaport.
Each six-member team is allowed a single sheet of 4-by-8-foot plywood, two 8-foot-long 2-by-4s, a roll of duct tape and a pound of fasteners to build their boat.
A Great Father’s Day Gift for Dads Who Love to Go Boating: Sea Tow Gold Card Membership For Just 46 Cents a Day the Entire Family Can Have Peace of Mind on the Water™
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A great present for new and experienced boaters alike, a one-year Sea Tow Gold Card Gift Membership is priced at $169 and comes in a special Sea Tow Gift Box (below). It’s also easy to buy online at www.seatow.com/membership/give-a-gift.
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More signs of spring in Orleans County as Lake Breeze Marina prepared more than 100,000 king salmon to be released into Lake Ontario.
In an effort to improve end of the season fishing, charter boat captains met on Wednesday to put 106,000 king salmon into pens to later be released into Lake Ontario.
Great Lakes water levels: How did April's rain raise Lake Michigan and Huron, and what is the forecast?
The heavy rainfall in April did have a dramatic effect on the water level of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that the average level of Lake Michigan-Huron rose 5.16 inches from March to April.
That five inch rise is greater than the entire seasonal rise last year. Last year Lake Michigan-Huron only rose four inches from March to July.
The Great Lakes — Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Erie — make up the largest body of fresh water on Earth, accounting for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the planet at 6 quadrillion gallons. The area of all the Great Lakes is 95,160 square miles (246,463 square kilometers).
The lakes are on the U.S.-Canadian border, touching Ontario in Canada and Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York in the United States. About 34 million people in the United States and Canada live in the Great Lakes basin. More than 3,500 species of plants and animals inhabit the Great Lakes basin, including 170-plus species of fish.