Visitors to Indiana's latest nature preserve will have to work a little harder than most sight-seers to take in the attraction.
Last fall, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources dedicated the J.D. Marshall Preserve, a Lake Michigan shipwreck site due north of the pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach in Chesterton.
Under state law, nature preserves may also be created to preserve cultural history.
"Not only is it a piece of history, but it is a piece of our cultural history," Mike Molnar, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Lake Michigan Coastal Program, said.
Breaking weeks of silence amid a flurry of action by state and federal officials, Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Monday to crack down on air pollution from dusty piles of refinery waste on the Southeast Side.
The mayor's office announced in an email that Emanuel is ordering the Department of Public Health to adopt "strict regulations on the maintenance and storage" of petroleum coke stored in massive uncovered piles along the Calumet River just south of the Chicago Skyway bridge.
Get a piece of summer to hang on your wall year-round with the River Street Marina Boys of Summer calendar.
The calendar, which is $15, features the staff of the marina donning brightly colored shorts, sunglasses, bow ties and suit coats. Money from the calendar sales will be donated to the Blue Water River Walk.
“It’s fun. It’s something we get to do to give back a little bit,” said Harbormaster Mike Davenport. “It’s something different.”
The idea started after one of the staff members saw a friend post a photo wearing a similar outfit. He thought it would be funny for the marina staff to do the same, Davenport said.
A pair of Lake Superior shipwreck hunters got slightly lost earlier this year while out on the water. But, oh, what they found.
David Shepherd and Rob Valley, who live in Thunder Bay,
Ontario, say they made an unplanned discovery of a sunken vessel that all evidence suggests is a tugboat called the Mary Ann, scuttled more than 75 years ago. It’s a boat perhaps somewhat unremarkable if not for the fact that in 1867 it became the first vessel registered in the then-new Dominion of Canada.
Organizers are still raising money for what's expected to be an almost $13 million project and they're in the process of putting the final touches on all the exhibits at the museum.
Once the The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio opens you'll be able to learn about how booze was transported across the waterways from Canada into the United States during Prohibition. Along with lots of other cool things about the Great Lakes.
“Today we begin a period of new opportunity for the Charlotte Neighborhood and the city of Rochester,” said Mayor Richards. “A modern, attractive port will transform the Charlotte Neighborhood into a major waterfront destination on Lake Ontario. We greatly appreciate the involvement and support of the Charlotte community, Monroe County, the State of New York and the U.S. government in helping bring this project from concept to reality.”
The Marina will be a catalyst for development that will create up to 2,500 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs. It will create a new stretch of waterfront property, increasing the value of public land that is currently vacant and not generating revenue.
NEW BUFFALO – The New Buffalo Harbor Commission dedicated most of its Nov. 7 meeting to revising the rules and regulations for the city boat ramp on the Galien River and discussing issues related to the rental of canoes and kayaks at the city beach.
“We want to discuss how we can fully utilize our boat launch to help our public get their time on the water and to help ourselves make money to be able to keep the boat launch in good repair,” said Chairman Nancy Smith in her opening statement. “We have the advantage of a harbor which attracts many visitors who come to see the lake and want to get closer by entering the boating world.”
Commissioners also discussed the pending lease with Ryan Gerard of Third Coast Surf Shop, which has held concession for watercraft rental at the beach. Although Gerard was unable to attend the meeting, Smith said she had spoken with him about his plans for ensuring the safety of both his customers and the other boaters in the harbor.
November 12, 2013 - Centerpointe Yacht Services LLC closed on the acquisition of Great Lakes Yacht Services, Inc. of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on October 11, 2013, making CenterPointe the largest service yard in northeast Wisconsin. The purchase includes 4 acres of waterfront land with over 800’ of dockwall, a 70 ton Marine Travelift, and 110,000 square feet of buildings housing six dedicated shops for woodworking, machining & metal fabrication, electrical, engine/mechanical, rigging and fiberglass. The property was formerly owned and operated by Palmer Johnson Yachts. The new facilities have been merged with Centerpointe’s existing service and storage facilities in Sturgeon Bay. In addition to the shop space, the combined operations now consist of over 100,000 square feet of indoor boat storage and a dedicated 15,000 square foot new and brokerage showroom. CenterPointe’s newly expanded service capabilities range from small outboard powerboats to large custom yachts.
Ohio will receive a $500,000 federal grant from the Fiscal Year 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, announced Wednesday.
This grant will support the restoration initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. It will be used to implement field studies and lab experiments that assess the quality of Lake Erie.
“It is excellent news that Ohio is the first state to receive these federal funds so we can better protect water quality in Western Lake Erie,” Brown said. “Addressing toxic algal blooms is critical to protecting Ohio’s drinking water and the thousands of fishing, boating and recreation jobs that depend on clean and safe waters.”
Last month, the United States Geological Survey released a report confirming four grass carp were born and raised in the Sandusky River. Earlier this year, Ohio Division of Wildlife biologists found one grass carp born and raised in the Maumee River.
This is cause for alarm, because it suggests that a pair of infamous “cousins” of the grass carp, the bighead and silver carp, could thrive in Lake Erie tributaries.
Grass carp are a subspecies of the non-native Asian carp. Though not nearly as destructive as the bighead and silver carp, grass carp are not benign, either. They eat large marine plants, which in turn can affect fish and waterfowl habitat.
To reduce the algae blooms that threaten Lake Erie’s tourism economy and public health, phosphorus runoff into northwestern Ohio tributaries to the lake should be cut by 40 percent, a state task force recommended yesterday.
Neighboring states and Canada must also make the lake a priority if its health is to be restored, members of the Ohio Lake Erie Phosphorus Task Force said.
“It’s extremely critical,” said Jeff Reutter, the director of the Ohio Sea Grant College program and Stone Laboratory on the lake.
Two scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, have developed a technique to monitor ice cover on the Great Lakes, using satellites hundreds of miles up in space. And, the technology is said to be accurate enough to detect an icebreaker cutting open a channel of water through the ice at night.
“In the dark, it’s difficult to read a map that’s right in front of you,” Son Nghiem of NASA and one of the developers of the new technique, said in statement. “Yet we now have a way to use satellite radars almost 500 miles [800 kilometers] out in space to see through clouds and darkness and map ice across the Great Lakes.”