Lake Superior is warming up.
Scientists say the largest of the Great Lakes is heating up faster than any other lake on Earth.
What's behind the warming? And could this be good news for those who enjoy Great Lakes fishing?
Genetic evidence of Eurasian ruffe, an invasive species in the perch family, has been found for the first time in southern Lake Michigan, a conservation group said Tuesday.
The Nature Conservancy said a team of researchers from the University of Notre Dame, Central Michigan University and its own organization found evidence of DNA of Eurasian ruffe in Calumet Harbor, south of Chicago.
Two positive samples from the harbor were collected on July 8. The harbor is at the mouth of the Chicago-area waterway system. Environmental DNA is a surveillance tool that can be used to monitor the genetic presence of aquatic species.
The Buffalo River Restoration Partnership, a unique public-private-non-profit partnership, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Honeywell is moving forward with plans to address a number of environmental problems affecting the Buffalo River.
FORT WAYNE – Construction on a multimillion-dollar project to physically separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi watersheds in Eagle Marsh could begin next summer.
The Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study Newsletter says federal officials have been doing extensive computer modeling of the complicated water flows in the area and found that their proposed solution should not cause further flooding.
Fort Wayne sits along a continental divide, which led to its nickname as the Summit City: The eastern half of Eagle Marsh, on the city’s southwest side, drains into the Great Lakes by way of Junk Ditch, the St. Marys River and the Maumee River. The western half of the marsh drains into the Mississippi River by way of the Graham-McCulloch Ditch, the Little River, the Wabash River and the Ohio River.
When Michigan’s firearm deer season opened last month and thousands of hunters took to the fields with their rifles and shotguns, Will Schultz went out with a different quarry in mind. The Grand Rapids sportsman planned to spend the day hunting instead for Michigan’s largest predator fish: muskellunge.
“It’s been a tradition for a long time,” said Schultz, the founder and former president of the Michigan Muskie Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of Michigan’s muskellunge population. “I hunt deer with a bow now, but used to hunt with a gun. It just happened that one year I had no tags left and decided to fish instead.
“I fish for everything. You have to in order to be a good angler, but this is what I spend the majority of my time doing.”
Could ice fishing be around the corner?
It’s starting to look that way.
Ponds and some lake channels are freezing over and there were rumors of some daring souls venturing out on some of those late last week. The colder nights help make good ice while windless days help preserve it.
Now, keep in mind experts say you need at least three inches of hard ice to be safe. Also, ice rarely freezes uniformly; it could be three inches in one spot and one or less in another.
With all the fears of those dreaded Asian carp, the ones that leap skyward and have injured many a boat passenger, coming across the Great Lakes waterway, observers now are monitoring yet another way these invaders might some day find their way into Western New York waters.
For more than a decade, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service personnel have been following the northward progress of bighead, silver and black carp up the Mississippi River system into places where that river connects with rivers, streams and canals that feed into Lake Michigan.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Nature Conservancy said Wednesday it has bought most of an uninhabited Lake Michigan island that provides crucial stopover habitat for migratory birds, assuring it will remain permanently undeveloped and protected.
St. Martin Island is part of a chain stretching between Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula and Michigan’s Garden Peninsula in the northwestern corner of the lake. More than 7 miles from the nearest mainland, it features wetlands, cobblestone beaches, bluffs and thick vegetation. It sits northeast of Washington Island in Michigan waters.
Pier 33 of St. Joseph, Michigan has recently been appointed as a dealer for Robalo Boats. Pier 33 will provide Robalo sales and service throughout West Michigan and Northern Indiana.
Pier 33 is a full service marina and boat dealership and is now a dealer for new boats from Robalo, Chaparral and Pursuit. In addition to new boat sales, Pier 33 offers pre-owned and brokerage boat and yacht sales, comprehensive boat maintenance and repair, year round storage, boat dockage and other services.
A Sun-Canadian pipeline that ruptured Sept. 10 in Sarnia, spilling approximately 35,000 litres of low-sulphur diesel fuel, has been cleared by the provincial regulating agency to resume operating at reduced pressure.
Start-up is expected to begin Tuesday, said Tony Waters, general manager of Sun-Canadian Pipe Lines.
"We're very pleased that we've finally been able to get all the things together to the full requirements of the TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Authority,)" he said.
It will be "very gradual start," involving a large amount of surveillance on the line, as required by the regulator, Waters said.
Sun-Canadian has been working since Sept. 10 to clean up the spill and repair the eight-inch pipeline that carried finished products from the Suncor and Shell sites in Sarnia to distribution terminals in London, Hamilton and Toronto.
Scientists say one way climate change is harming the Great Lakes is by warming the water too quickly in the spring.
That warm-up can decrease food for tiny creatures in the lakes – the creatures that game fish like trout and salmon eat.
As his small research boat zooms near the breakwater in Milwaukee, scientist John Janssen looks at the monitor in the boat's dashboard and reads the Lake Michigan surface water temperature.
Janssen has paid a lot of attention to water temperatures in the nearly 40 years he's been studying the Great Lakes.
How is the water level of Lake Ontario and the upper St. Lawrence River controlled?
Historically, Lake Ontario water levels change in 30-year cycles, with fluctuations as much of nearly seven feet, according to Frank Bevacqua, a spokesman for the International Joint Commission, a panel with representatives from both counties that resolve conflicts over the use of shared waters.
That changed with the construction in the 1950s of the Moses-Saunders Power Dam on the St. Lawrence River, which straddles the border between the United States and Canada at Massena in New York and Cornwall in Ontario. Constructed lasted between 1954 and 1958. The dam is part of a larger project called the St. Lawrence Seaway.