Recent research by the US Forest Service Studies and the Finger Lakes Land Trust has reaffirmed the recent widespread presence and problem of invasive species in New York State.
The research examined the prevalence of 79 identified invasive animals, plants, and insects, finding Tompkins County to be currently home to 36. Areas hit particularly hard by the detriment are headlined by the American North East, the Great Lakes region, and the New York Finger Lakes specifically. 38 of the species are proven to be in New York State presently, with the National Average much less at 18.
The traces of the problem specifically go back to 20th century deregulation of shipping laws, which ultimately allowed for foreign harmful bacteria to enter regional ports via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since then, problematic species of many sorts have grown out of control due to the similar environment of the North East to parts of Europe and Asia.
Lake sturgeon will again be stocked in North Country waters as part of a restoration program for the threatened fish species.
On Oct. 22, more than 10,000 fingerlings -- four-month-old 5- to 8-inch fish -- will be released into the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries.
Roughly 7,000 lake sturgeon will be stocked in the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg at the Greenbelt boat launch off Riverside Avenue.
The Salmon River, St. Regis River, and Raquette River will receive a portion of the remaining fingerlings.
MUSKEGON, MI – Ice on Lake Michigan is apparently not a “show stopper” for those exploring wind turbine farms on the Great Lakes.
That is the initial conclusion of University of Michigan marine engineer Dale G. Karr based upon his work for the U.S. Department of Energy studying Great Lakes ice and its impact on wind turbine towers.
“I have not found ice to be a show stopper but our research will be useful in determining that question,” Karr told a lecture audience Monday, Oct. 21 at the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan — A group of marinas in the Great Lakes region has been formed to share ideas about protecting water quality to benefit swimming, fishing and boating.
The Great Lakes Clean Marina Network has representatives from the marina industry, regulatory agencies and universities.
It was formed by the Green Marina Education and Outreach Project with backing from the Obama administration's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The project has certified 69 "clean marinas" and involved more than 2,100 people in workshops.
In January, when Lake Michigan’s chronically low water level reached its nadir, Leland Harbormaster Russell Dzuba faced the prospect of closing the popular harbor to keep commercial fishing vessels and pleasure boats from running aground in the shallow channel.
Leland is one of dozens of Great Lakes harbors that have struggled for two decades with below average lake levels that damaged boats and caused freighters to carry less cargo to avoid hitting bottom. Closing Leland’s harbor would have been devastating, Dzuba said.
“Our economy lives and dies on whether that channel (to Lake Michigan) is open,” he said.
The lake level crisis abated in April, when torrential rains caused lake levels to rise at an almost unprecedented rate.
A virus that caused large fish kills in the Great Lakes since 2005 may now be harmless.
Viral hemorrhagic septicemia or VHS has been found in several spots in Lake Michigan and Lake Superior since 2009 and is blamed for large-scale fish die-offs in all of the lower Great Lakes. But now, it appears this virus is benign. VHS can cause the internal organs of fish to rupture, and it was feared that it would wipe out commercial fishing. But Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Lake Superior Fisheries Supervisor Peter Stevens in Bayfield says even though the virus is still in the lake, they haven’t found any fish kills this year — not one — from VHS.
The steam-powered Coast Guard ship chugged out of Buffalo to its station on Lake Erie between Sturgeon Point and Point Abino, where it was to anchor as a floating lighthouse for the Great Lakes shipping.
Light Vessel 82’s mission was to warn ships coming and going from the Buffalo Harbor of the treacherous rocky shoals beneath the lake’s northern shore.
But in the fall of 1913, as the six-member crew of the lighthouse vessel sailed out, two fronts collided over the warm lake waters, resulting in hurricane force winds that blasted the region for three days and nights. The crew aboard the lighthouse vessel was battling 35-foot waves, snow and sleet and 80 mph winds.
Wireless networks span the globe. But like a frightened toddler, they don’t go underwater.
That may soon change because UB researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet. The technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities.
“A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time, says Tommaso Melodia, associate professor of electrical engineering and the project’s lead researcher. “Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives.”
Lakefront woodlands, marshes and grasslands are precious habitats, and the birding in Northeast Ohio this past week showed why.
After millions of fall migrants depart Canada and complete their almost 60-mile crossing of Lake Erie, they are typically exhausted and hungry, and immediately begin desperately searching for a safe and inviting environment. Such lands are rare along the developed coastline, and those that remain can act as bird magnets.
Last weekend, I joined a tour of the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve near Huron led by naturalists Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche of the Cleveland Natural History Museum.
Microplastics are the latest threat to the Great Lakes.
The small pieces of plastic range in size, from microscopic to the size of a fingernail.
The plastics come from everyday products, such as scrubbing beads in facial cleansers, beauty products, even toothpaste.
For nine months, Shanley McEntee sailed the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lakes aboard the Sea Dragon, a research ship.
Shanley has been collecting and analyzing water samples from the various bodies of water.CC
Three environmental accidents straddling the U.S.-Canadian border during the past 15 months have revived longstanding questions about the ability of the two countries to protect water supplies in emergencies in Metro Detroit and elsewhere.
Officials from both nations agreed there was confusion last year when a dredge sinking in U.S. waters north of Port Huron leaked diesel fuel and another loading cargo in Sarnia, Ontario, leaked ethyl benzene into the St. Clair River. A rupture nearly five weeks ago in an underground pipe in Sarnia that released diesel fuel into the St. Clair also prompted criticism about post-accident communications.
Madeline Island (WAOW) -
The Apostle Islands are a beautiful area of Wisconsin branching off from the Bayfield Peninsula. This makes them the northern-most point in our state, and because of their location one of Wisconsin's most picturesque landscapes.
But of the 22 islands making up the chain, only one is home to year-round residents. It's called Madeline Island, a community of fewer than 270 residents. But though the island may be small, it's home to some extraordinary stories.
"You get out on the water, you look back at Bayfield, it's the hillsides. They're just a glow with the maples," Mike Radtke told Newsline 9.
Radtke works with the Madeline Island Ferry. It's a network of boats transporting everything from families to four wheel drives back and forth from mainland Wisconsin to the island.