TRAVERSE CITY — The Nature Conservancy said Wednesday it has bought most of an uninhabited Lake Michigan island that provides crucial stopover habitat for migratory birds, assuring it will remain permanently undeveloped and protected.
St. Martin Island is part of a chain stretching between Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula and Michigan’s Garden Peninsula in the northwestern corner of the lake. More than 7 miles from the nearest mainland, it features wetlands, cobblestone beaches, bluffs and thick vegetation. It sits northeast of Washington Island in Michigan waters.
Pier 33 of St. Joseph, Michigan has recently been appointed as a dealer for Robalo Boats. Pier 33 will provide Robalo sales and service throughout West Michigan and Northern Indiana.
Pier 33 is a full service marina and boat dealership and is now a dealer for new boats from Robalo, Chaparral and Pursuit. In addition to new boat sales, Pier 33 offers pre-owned and brokerage boat and yacht sales, comprehensive boat maintenance and repair, year round storage, boat dockage and other services.
A Sun-Canadian pipeline that ruptured Sept. 10 in Sarnia, spilling approximately 35,000 litres of low-sulphur diesel fuel, has been cleared by the provincial regulating agency to resume operating at reduced pressure.
Start-up is expected to begin Tuesday, said Tony Waters, general manager of Sun-Canadian Pipe Lines.
"We're very pleased that we've finally been able to get all the things together to the full requirements of the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority,)" he said.
It will be "very gradual start," involving a large amount of surveillance on the line, as required by the regulator, Waters said.
Sun-Canadian has been working since Sept. 10 to clean up the spill and repair the eight-inch pipeline that carried finished products from the Suncor and Shell sites in Sarnia to distribution terminals in London, Hamilton and Toronto.
Scientists say one way climate change is harming the Great Lakes is by warming the water too quickly in the spring.
That warm-up can decrease food for tiny creatures in the lakes – the creatures that game fish like trout and salmon eat.
As his small research boat zooms near the breakwater in Milwaukee, scientist John Janssen looks at the monitor in the boat's dashboard and reads the Lake Michigan surface water temperature.
Janssen has paid a lot of attention to water temperatures in the nearly 40 years he's been studying the Great Lakes.
How is the water level of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River controlled?
Historically, Lake Ontario water levels change in 30-year cycles, with fluctuations as much of nearly seven feet, according to Frank Bevacqua, a spokesman for the International Joint Commission, a panel with representatives from both counties that resolve conflicts over the use of shared waters.
That changed with the construction in the 1950s of the Moses-Saunders Power Dam on the St. Lawrence River, which straddles the border between the United States and Canada at Massena in New York and Cornwall in Ontario. Constructed lasted between 1954 and 1958. The dam is part of a larger project called the St. Lawrence Seaway.
There aren’t many brands of fishing available in winter, but seeking steelhead ranks high.
They’re big, 8 to 12 pounds usually, extremely hard fighting, and if you decide to take one home, not bad eating, especially smoked.
Veteran steelhead hunters from the Ohio River to Lake Erie and from the Indiana border to the Pennsylvania border know just how to catch them. Even amateurs and part-timers usually know enough to bag one now and then.
With winter here to stay and ice formation forecasted across the Great Lakes system, the 9th Coast Guard District reminds people to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on or around cold water and frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes.
Rescuers from 9th District and its search-and-rescue partners rescued 53 people last winter from either cold water or ice conditions.
The 9th District has 39 stations, two air stations, and eight cutters designated, trained and equipped for ice rescue operations.
A new proposal to regulate Lake Ontario's water levels is long overdue and desperately needed, according to environmentalists, outdoor sportsmen and other supporters.
The proposal, Plan 2014, is currently before the International Joint Commission, a panel of U.S. and Canadian officials, and it would change the way the lake's water levels have been regulated since the late 1950s.
The lake's current levels have made the lake's 63,000 acres of surrounding wetlands unhealthy; wildlife, native plants and fish are suffering, supporters of the plan said.
Jim Howe, executive director of the Central and Western Chapters of the Nature Conservancy, stressed that wetlands act as a nature filter for great stretches of the lake's watershed and have other positive impacts on the lake.
The Hooked on Fishing Recipe Contest, hosted by Northland’s NewsCenter and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, has named its winner. Brenda Washnock, a Michigan native who lives on Michigan’s Lake Superior shore, nabbed the top foodie’s prize package, which includes a $100 Visa gift card and the opportunity to cook on the Northland NewsCenter’s Today Show. Her winning dish, “Chipotle Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw,” earned praise for its use of Great Lakes salmon and its distinctive and refined flavors.
Division of Wildlife
The Lake Erie Fish Ohio Report
Regulation to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
TRAVERSE CITY (AP) - Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it's too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday.
All five of the lakes were significantly higher when measured at the end of October than a year earlier, when much of the nation was mired in drought. Even Lakes Huron and Michigan, which have fared worst during the low-water period and in January hit their lowest level since record keeping began in 1918, have risen nearly a foot since October 2012.
Beyond the mist of Lower Falls, at the base of the Genesee River gorge, Ryan Lawrence casts his line into the swift-flowing waters from the edge of the rocky shore.
The late fall morning has drawn a dozen other fisherman. Some push closer to the thundering waterfall, and venture into the eddy, while others stake out locations downstream. There, the river is so calm and shallow it is possible to wade well into the channel.
On either side, the wooded ravine is a spray of bright fall colors that reflects in the Genesee. The picturesque fishing hole is framed beneath arched supports of the Driving Park bridge some 200 feet above.