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.”
A couple of local anglers had pretty special seasons.
Mary Ellen Fosbrink of Delmont won second place in the steelhead division of the 2013 Fall Lake Ontario Counties fishing derby.
Fosbrink was fishing with “fishing pal” Frank Yantos of Delmont, trolling a black raspberry Northern Kin spoon 70 feet down in 213 feet of water. They had an E-chip at the head of the spoon.
Fosbrink reeled in a 14-pound, 7-ounce steelhead. That turned out to be the biggest of its kind on the first day of the two-day tournament, winning her $100. She placed second overall in the competition and won another $1,000 for that. She finished second overall in the tournament once before, in 2007.
Joan Vinette appreciates Lake Superior, and she wants others who live near its shores to appreciate it, too.
Vinette, a Michigan State University Extension educator in Alger County, developed the Life of Lake Superior Youth Program 13 years ago in response to what she saw as a disconnect between area youths and the vast natural resource in their midst.
Local governments in Canada and Michigan have approved resolutions opposing Ontario Power Generation's plans for a deep geological repository in Kincardine, Ontario.
The repository would store low and intermediate level waste 680 meters underground within a mile of Lake Huron's shoreline.
Toledo and Oregon have also approved resolutions in the past three months, since Lake Erie receives 95 percent of its water from Lake Huron.
Longtime Port Clinton resident Victoria Clemons wrote a letter to Port Clinton council in August, asking them to do the same.
Detroit— Between his accounting and finance courses at Wayne State University, Kwan Stafford sneaks in a trip to Belle Isle whenever he can for something a little less taxing — fishing.
The angling has allowed Stafford, 33, to notice one of several environmental issues Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources isn’t expected to address if it eventually takes over running the park. A state emergency loan board will decide this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, whether the state will operate Belle Isle for the next 10 or 30 years and under what conditions.
Under the 30-plus pages of the proposed lease agreement between the Snyder administration and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, the state would take on some of the island’s more obvious problems: picking up trash and getting the bathrooms functioning.
Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed into law Public Acts 159 and 160, which brings Sales Tax on the Difference (STOD) for Automobiles, RVs and Boats to Michigan.
In a release, Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) applauded the decision because with this new law, Michigan will no longer be at a competitive disadvantage with its neighboring states when it comes to watercraft sales.
Currently, all of Michigan’s surrounding states have STOD, allowing consumers to only pay sales tax on the difference between the trade-in value and the new purchase price.
It may have been the rattle of windows on the northeast side of the houses near Lake Superior that first brought tidings of ill omens to the wives and loved ones that were still sailing on the Great Lakes. It was early November as warm winds that blew of the mariners from the southeast shifted to the cold north and west. As seasons on the Great Lakes move from autumn into winter, warmed waters colliding with cold harsh winds from the north could bring fear to the families of Great Lakes sailors. Nevertheless the waters of the Midwest were still free of ice and money was to be made in the transportation of goods. It had to be done, there were hungry children at home, yet the captain and crew of Great Lakes ships nervously watched the skies for signs of heavy weather.
Dressing for winter weather when you're boating, fishing and skating | 5 On Your Side Survival Guide
CLEVELAND - Winter in northeast Ohio brings out cold weather sporting enthusiasts. Whether it's ice fishing, skating or cross country skiing, many don't properly prepare for a day of winter fun.
Last year in Ohio, 11 people died because they weren't equipped for cold water activities. Nationally, 90 percent of all winter pond, river and lake tragedies were caused by poor preparation.
Any outdoor activity in cool or colder weather conditions presents a risk of hypothermia. That risk is greater while boating because water robs the body's heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature.
PORT CLINTON — When Sherri “Sam” Mason set out on a research boat in 2012, one of her goals was to see if plastic might be polluting the Great Lakes.
The professor at State University of New York in Fredonia knew her team’s research would be preliminary, sort of a scouting mission to see if pieces of plastic were there, as they are found in large numbers in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
She never expected her findings would receive the national attention they have in the past year.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO - November 5, 2013 - The greatest of the Great Lakes is being celebrated as the latest silver collector coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The Lake Superior coin is the first in a five-coin series featuring the famous Great Lakes.
“The Mint is proud to celebrate Canada’s people, places and passions, including the Great Lakes, which have shaped our collective identity in so many ways,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “Lake Superior has captured the imagination of generations and this coin will continue to foster the amazement and delight of Canadians and collectors alike for years to come.”
Lake Superior is not only the world’s largest freshwater lake by surface area but also the source of 10 percent of the planet’s fresh water. Lake Superior borders Ontario, as well as the American states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Fed by 200 rivers, it measures 563 kilometres north to south and 257 kilometres west to east.