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.
Minnesota --(Ammoland.com)- New rules for the 2013 waterfowl season now allow hunters to hunt on open water for migratory waterfowl on a few selected bodies of water including portions of the Mississippi River, Lake Pepin, Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs Lake and Lake Superior.
Open water hunting is new to many hunters around the state, so the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a warning about the potential dangers of hunting in open water late in the season.
“We are excited to offer this new waterfowling opportunity, but want duck hunters to keep safety in mind before they head out on the water,” said Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner.
Many open water hunters use layout boats. A layout boat is a one or two person boat with a very shallow draft and extremely low sides which allow the hunter to set-up near a spread of decoys just slightly above the water’s surface.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, the Detroit Red Wings won their ninth Stanley Cup, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google Inc. in Menlo Park, Calif.
It was also the last year that Lake Michigan water levels were at their long-term average height.
In September, Lake Michigan's average water level was 577.56 feet, or 18 inches below its long-term average for the month, according to data from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The 14 years of below-average levels on Lake Michigan is "the longest in its period of record," the corps said in its September Great Lakes Water Level Summary. Earlier in January, Lake Michigan dropped to its lowest average level ever recorded.
HURON — By 8 a.m. on an unseasonably warm, sunny October day, wildlife officials are speeding across fairly calm water toward gill nets they’ve set near Huron and Vermilion.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources workers expect the nets, which they set on Lake Erie the previous evening, to yield a catch of walleye and white bass, among other species, that they plan to count and study to determine adult population numbers and health during ODNR’s annual October fish survey.
Ultimately, the information they obtain from studying these fish will help ODNR and wildlife agencies from Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario set how many walleye can be harvested — by commercial and sport anglers — from the lake next year, said Chris Vandergoot, fisheries biologist supervisor at ODNR’s Sandusky Fish Research Unit.
Lake Superior is warming faster than any of the other Great Lakes. In fact, it’s warming faster than any lake on the planet.
The lake itself, in the past three decades, has warmed some six degrees Fahrenheit — a rate that actually exceeds the melting rate of the ice caps in the Antarctic and the Arctic oceans. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest and coldest of all the Great Lakes, so it's somewhat counter-intuitive that it would be warming faster. But James Kitchell, an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, says it's precisely because of the size.
With all of that surface area, the lake absorbs solar radiation and warms, he said.
"When there’s ice on the lakes, a lot of that solar energy is reflected back into the atmosphere, but in the most recent three decades, the duration of ice on the lake has reduced by as much as 50 percent or more," he said.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (KTIV/KUOO) -
In the summer, the Iowa Great Lakes are filled with boaters. That all changes when temps begin to fall. But, it does give conservation officials the chance to look for things that threaten the health of the waters.
In addition to falling leaves and football, another fall ritual is taking place in the Iowa Great Lakes: The removal of docks and boat hoists.
When it comes to that, Mike Hawkins, a fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, is reminding everyone to look over those items once they've been removed from the water for any signs of zebra mussels.
"These mussels will be very small, only an eighth to a quarter of an inch in size, and it actually makes sense to look at the hoist and dock after it's had a chance to dry in the air. These little shells become a lot more visible once the surface is dried," said Hawkins.
Oct 14, 2013 — Big, ugly algal blooms are reappearing in the western basin (and sometimes the central basin) of Lake Erie. The blooms happen when excess nutrients - mostly phosphorus - run off into the lake from farms and sewage treatment plants. Some of these kinds of algae produce toxins that are among the most powerful natural poisons on Earth.
Over the past decade, these algal blooms have been common in Lake Erie. And scientists predict climate change could make the problem worse.
Toxic green goo
Frank and Sandy Bihn took us out on a boat ride in Maumee Bay near Toledo. Sandy’s the executive director of the group Lake Erie Waterkeeper.