Lawmaker says invasive species find near Lake Erie demonstrates need to close Chicago shipping locks
LANSING (WKZO) -- Federal and state officials recently announced that a breeding population of grass carp has been found for the first time within the Great Lakes watershed, in a tributary of Lake Erie, and one state lawmaker says that should be causing some alarm.
The invasive carp found near Lake Erie weren't the variety of Asian carp that officials are afraid will get into the Great Lakes and hurt the fishing industry, but State Senator John Proos says that any invasive species is a problem. His concern is Lake Michigan, and the threat of the bighead or silver Asian carp getting in from Chicago area waterways. Proos says that the fishing industry must be protected.
Proos and his colleagues have urged Congress and the president to end water diversion from Lake Michigan through Chicago. They say that closing the Chicago shipping locks would help to prevent the Asian carp migration into the Great Lakes.
Two miles of pristine Lake Superior shoreline, sand dunes and an 83-acre inland lake are now open to the public as part of a 3,816-acre expansion of state-owned forestland in the central Upper Peninsula.
The $6 million parcel is a “public asset,” said Tom Bailey, executive director of the Little Traverse Conservancy, which worked with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and U.S. Forest Service to bring the Crisp Point Project to fruition.
Crisp Point includes steep bluffs, sand dunes and streams, as well as 2.5 miles of snowmobile trails, according to DNR. Public recreational uses include hunting, kayaking, fishing and wildlife viewing. Existing two-tracks will remain open, and DNR has no plans to build any structures or campgrounds there.
A newly reconstructed marina along the Ohio River at Shawnee State Park in Scioto County is open for service and the winter lease season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
“It was a total renovation,” John Wisse, spokesman for ODNR, said. “It was a complete renovation. Parking was already there, but it was improved to make sure it was handicapped accessible. We refurbished the restrooms. And then we put in all new boat slips of different lengths.”
Wisse told the Daily Times the recently completed project features 72 boat slips at lengths of 28, 36 and 50 feet. The slips are constructed of galvanized steel frames and wood decks. The 50-foot and 36-foot boat slips include water and electric service, while the 28-foot boat slips do not include utilities.
Recreational boating is popular along the Ohio River and across the state.
When the National Museum of the Great Lakes opens next spring, it could be the catalyst needed for the Marina District’s 127 acre development.
The $12.8 million museum, currently under renovation at its Maumee River front location next to the Toledo Maritime Center and the Col. James M. Schoonmaker Museum Ship, was brought to Toledo by the Great Lakes Historical Society.
“There are very few museums in the world that can actually legitimately claim to be an economic development asset of massive significance,” said historical society executive director Christopher H. Gillcrist. “I think we’re one small piece of the puzzle that can help this area redevelop and that’s what we hope to do.”
MADISON – In response to the detection of Asian carp DNA in a single water sample from Sturgeon Bay, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will collect additional water samples from Sturgeon Bay on Nov. 12 at the request of the Department of Natural Resources.
“We were notified last week of this single positive detection of Asian carp DNA out of more than 280 water samples collected from Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters,” says Bob Wakeman, aquatic invasive species coordinator for DNR.
“Right now, we are unsure if the DNA came from a live fish. It is possible that it washed off from a boat, came from droppings from a bird that ate a silver carp, or from some other temporary source.
ROGERS CITY - Despite cooler weather and windy days, good fishing kept boaters coming back to the Rogers City Municipal Marina this summer.
From May 1 to Oct. 15, preliminary numbers show boaters used the marina launch ramp 923 times, not including launches by the 63 seasonal launch pass holders, Harbormaster Roger Wenzel said. Transient boaters reached 380, slightly down from last year, and seasonal slip holders increased to 52. New rates for half-season slip rentals and boats 25 or 26 feet long helped bring new customers, although low water levels may have kept some larger sail boats out of the marina.
The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, has set the Lake Superior outflow to 2,260 cubic meters per second (m 3/s) (79.8 thousand cubic feet per second (tcfs)) for the month of November, effective November 4, 2013.
The outflow is as prescribed by Plan 1977-A and is 510 m 3/s (18.0 tcfs) less than the October outflow.
The November outflow will be released by discharging approximately 2,162 m 3/s (76.4 tcfs) through the three hydropower plants and passing most of the remaining flow through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids.
CLAYTON — The Antique Boat Museum made history in Gulfstream Aero’s Nonstop Magazine as the first non-airplane-related front cover.
This is the second time this year the museum was featured on the cover of a magazine. The first was in the July/August edition of Great Lakes Boating.
Nonstop reaches a readership of 30,000 subscriptions. The article can be found at www.nonstopbygulfstream.com.
“It was a great opportunity for us. The editor contacted me in the spring and we invited her and her photographer out. They spent two and a half days here during the boat show,” museum spokesman Michael J. Folsom said.
COLUMBUS -- Another state lawmaker is calling for a codified ban on drilling for oil and gas under Lake Erie.
Sen. Mike Skindell, D-Lakewood, offered sponsor testimony Tuesday before the Senate's Energy and Natural Resources Committee on SB 87, which he said will protect the lake from oil spills and other environmental harm.
"The 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the many accidents that have happened while drilling for oil and natural gas," Skindell said. "The effects of even a small-scale accident like this would be devastating to our state. In addition to the environmental damage, the state would see lost revenue of great magnitude and many jobs lost."
MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says scientists have confirmed the invasive New Zealand mud snail has turned up in Dane County.
The DNR says the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse confirmed last month the snail was present in a sample agency biologists took from Black Earth Creek last year during routine monitoring for aquatic invasive species. The find marks the first time the creature has been discovered in an inland Midwestern stream.
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Duck hunting season in the St. Clair Flats is like religion for many folks. You can blame an early introduction to the sport of waterfowling every time.
I like the idea Holly Vaughn told me about Friday on ways of keeping the duck hunt an American pastime. The state wildlife outreach technician said a 1-day program on Friday, Nov. 8 is designed for an adult to hunt with a youth.
It’s part of a program where a young hunter can hunt one of Michigan’s Managed Waterfowl Hunt Areas (MWHA) next week.
She said hunters can choose from several dates and locations, and parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the draw at all five MWHAs:
“Parties that have one youth with them will be given priority in the draw,” Vaughn said Friday from her office at the Department of Natural Resources in Southfield.