WASHINGTON — Michigan’s U.S. senators want federal regulators to assure them that a 60-year-old pipeline that runs through the Straits of Mackinac is safe, despite a recent spike in the amount of oil moving through it each day.
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, both Democrats, sent a letter today to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration raising concerns about Enbridge Energy Partners increasing the amount of crude oil running through Line 5 by 1.2 million gallons of oil a day.
A national travel site has put Oval Beach in Saugatuck at the top of its list.
The popular lakeshore destination helped earn Lake Michigan’s Gold Coast and Grand Rapids the shared No. 1 spot on Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2014” rankings of the top 10 places U.S. travelers should put on their radar next year — if they haven’t already been there to splash around.
The Lonely Planet report described Oval Beach as having the “smoothest sands” along the Lake Michigan coastline.
Snowy owls are moving through Wisconsin from northern Canada, and the state Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin eBird say the birds are staging a possibly historic movement from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast.
As of Sunday, there were 55 reports of the birds in Wisconsin. That compares with about 115 at the same time in 2011-'12, but it's ahead of the pace of last year at this time, when 30 to 35 snowy owls had been observed.
Ryan Brady, a DNR research scientist, said the arrival of the owls got off to a slow start this year, but the sightings are picking up.
Snowy owls have been seen along the Lake Michigan corridor, including the Milwaukee area.
For the past three weeks, a pair of researchers -- one from the Nature Conservancy, the other a Cornell graduate student -- have been on a frigid mission on Lake Ontario's Chaumont Bay.
"We're here to capture and tag male and female ciscoes with radio receivers," said Mathew Levine, Northern New York field representative for the Nature Conservancy.
Lake Ontario ciscoes Researchers are attaching radio transmitters and tracking native ciscoes in Lake Ontario to see where they spawn.
On Tuesday, the two announced they had finished part of their task. They tagged 15 females that day, in addition to the nine males they tagged previously.
HARRISVILLE, Mich. – The wreckage of a wooden steamer that sank during a storm in 1861 in Lake Huron has finally been found, according to a veteran Great Lakes shipwreck hunter.
David Trotter, 72, of Wayne County's Canton Township, said he found the wreck with his crew of explorers in July, the Detroit Free Press first reported. The zebra mussel-covered wreck was discovered in nearly 175 feet of water, 25-30 miles northeast of Harrisville.
Duck Dynasty, Boats, RVs and Summer Fun in January
Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show Cruises into McCormick Place, January 16-20
CHICAGO (December 11, 2013) – The 2014 Progressive Insurance® Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show® transforms McCormick Place into an outdoors enthusiast and boater’s paradise January 16-20 over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The annual show not only offers the best deals on hundreds of boats and RVs, it also gives attendees a chance to escape the Midwest freeze and enjoy the great outdoors, indoors.
Whether it’s climbing aboard a life size pirate ship, trying paddlesports on an indoor mini-lake or learning about one-tank RV trips from Chicago, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and start thinking about the warm summer days ahead.
Here are the reasons to ring in 2014 at the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports & RV Show:
10. Duck Royalty – Meet John Godwin from the hit A&E television show, Duck Dynasty.
Crop growers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have a new opportunity to improve nutrient management this winter. Under a new grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, growers can work with their ag retailers and resource specialists with the IPM Institute of North America to develop a plan for their farm to improve profitability and protect water quality.
“Nutrients are key resources required to grow crops,” reports Thomas Green, Ph.D., president of the IPM Institute. “When nutrients are lost from cropland, farmers lose money and water quality can suffer. Ag retailers are in the forefront of developing innovative and effective solutions. This new grant provides us an opportunity to work with farmers and their retailer to identify the best strategies for their farms.”
College Anglers Compete to Win Over $100,000 in Lowrance Prizes
Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957
and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today its new Insight
Genesis™ College Cup 2014 competition. Kicking off January 1 and running through
December 31, 2014, college anglers registered with the Bassmaster Collegiate
Series or FLW College Fishing are eligible to participate in the College Cup and will
receive a free subscription to Insight Genesis for 2014 — the revolutionary personal
Participants who upload the most acres of sonar log recordings to Insight Genesis
from a compatible* Lowrance chartplotter can win up to $1,000 in prizes per month
and $16,000 annually for team awards. In addition, an HDS-12, HDS-9 and HDS-
7 Gen2 Touch will be awarded to 1st 2nd and 3rd place place individual monthly winners,
ARCADIA – Coastal marshes are among the most productive of all the world’s ecosystems – as productive as tropical rainforest when it comes to biomass per acre –and healthy coastal marshes are crucial to the health of the Great Lakes.
With only about 15 or so Great Lakes coastal marshes remaining along the shoreline of the Lower Peninsula’s Lake Michigan coast, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s (GTRLC) Arcadia Marsh restoration project has been good news for the more than 150 species of birds (including 17 species on the state Endangered, Threatened or Species of Special Concern List) that depend upon it, for the many fish and aquatic organisms for which it is an important spawning, nursery and year-round habitat site, and for area residents and visitors.
MICHIGAN CITY | City officials have taken a significant step toward opening what's viewed as sort of a dead end between the downtown and lakefront in an effort to continue revitalization efforts in the area.
Mayor Ron Meer said the city's Redevelopment Commission has acquired the building along U.S. 12 now occupied by The News-Dispatch.
The plan is to demolish The News-Dispatch facility in the spring and the police station behind it once the new police station on Michigan Boulevard opens possibly in 2016.
Weekly Fish Ohio Fishing Report!
Regulations 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 with a minimum size limit of 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
Better rules for sustainable fish farms could provide the state with a $1 billion a year industry, according to the Michigan Sea Grant, a coastal conservation research group.
The fish farms, collectively known as aquaculture, are few so far, but Michigan’s abundant system of inland lakes, Great Lakes and fresh groundwater means there’s large potential for growth, researchers said.