The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released an extensive report it started in 2009 to Congress on Monday offering proposals to prevent invasive species, most notably Asian carp, from entering the Great Lakes Basin from the Mississippi River basin via the Chicago area.
But no one seems happy about the results of the study, from the elected officials that ordered it to the industry potentially affected by it.
The report, titled the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS), offers eight alternative plans designed to prevent the transfer of invasive species. But the report does not offer a preferred option.
Have you ever seen an all-electric motor boat? What about solar panels you can use to charge your boat while you're out fishing? Renewable energy for boaters, as well as used boats and beautifully-crafted behemoths will be on display at the 54th Portland Boat Show, taking over the Portland Expo Center this weekend.
"I've got everything here," show manager Peter O'Loughlin said over the phone, rattling off half a dozen categories, from car-toppers and runabouts to luxury houseboats. The variety ensures there will be something for everyone, he said, as long as you come with some level of interest in the boating lifestyle.
The level of Lake Superior dropped 2 inches in December, a month when the big lake usually goes down 3 inches, according to the International
Lake Superior Board of Control.
The smaller-than- usual decline is thanks in part to above-normal precipitation. The big lake is now just 1 inch away from its long-term normal level for Jan. 1, and is a full foot above the level on Jan, 1, 2013. The lake generally has been trending closer to normal for about a year.
Plastic microbeads, often found in personal hygiene products, are getting rinsed down the drain and ending up in the Great Lakes and other waterways.
To alert customers to these barely visible plastics, a new smartphone App lets consumers scan barcodes to see if a product contains the beads.
The App was developed by the North Sea Foundation and the Plastic Soup Foundation, both based in the Netherlands.
ALEXANDRIA, Va., January 9, 2014 -- With temperatures now rising after record lows across much of the nation, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) says now may be a good time to check on your boat in winter storage, and has these five tips to ensure old man winter is kept at bay:
1. How low can she go? If your boat is stored in the water over the winter, are all of the above-water thru-hulls still well above the waterline? The weight of snow and ice can submerge above-waterline thru-hulls, including the exhaust (inboard boats), so start shoveling if you notice she's sitting lower in the water - plastic shovels and brooms are best. It's also a good time to check on your bubbler system.
2. Call me shifty: For boats stored on trailers, jackstands or cradles, ensure the boat hasn't shifted. Boats on stands/cradles should be level, while those on trailers should be slightly bow up.
The International Joint Commission, which regulates levels in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system has announced water level adjustments for the winter season.
The IJC's International St. Lawrence River Board of Control recently reviewed conditions in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system and noted a rapid onset of winter. With the arrival of cold temperatures has comes the formation of ice in the St. Lawrence River. As a result the board has directed changes in the lake levels to influence levels downstream in the river system.
The board plays an active role in ensuring the formation of a stable ice cover. This is essential to minimize the risk of ice-related issues, such as flooding and to ensure that water levels and flows can continue to be managed in accordance with the IJC's Orders of Approval for the regulation of Lake Ontario.
A four-phase, five-year process is underway to restore one of the largest coastal wetlands in Lake Erie.
Erie Marsh contains 2,217 acres of wetlands that are home to 65 species of fish and 300 species of migratory birds. That’s according to The Nature Conservancy, the organization tasked with cleaning up the marsh.
Only around 5 percent of the wetlands in western Lake Erie remain from the mid-1900s, when pollution and dike construction harmed the quality and flow of the water, according to the director of the operation to restore the marsh in southeast Michigan near the Ohio border.
ALBANY, New York — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a restoration plan for sauger, a walleye-like fish that biologists call one of New York's most imperiled fish species.
The fish used to thrive in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Allegheny rivers and Lake Champlain, but they've become scarce because of pollution and habitat loss. Only a small remnant population remains in Lake Champlain.
The DEC hopes to re-establish sauger in the Allegheny River, Lake Champlain and Lake Erie watersheds by 2030. The plan calls for stocking, documenting and improving habitat, population monitoring, and public outreach.
WASHINGTON — A long-awaited report on how best to stop the spread of voracious species of Asian carp into the Great Lakes is due out the first week of 2014. But it won’t include a straightforward recommendation — even though that’s what many members of Congress say they want from it.
The Army Corps of Engineers says its study — years in the making and due Jan. 6 — will outline options for controlling the spread of invasive species between the Mississippi River basin and the Great Lakes, but stops short of choosing among them. Officials instead say the report is intended to aid “more educated decision making” as to next steps.
LEELANAU COUNTY, MI – The giant ice boulders of Lake Michigan have rolled back into the spotlight – they have been named one of the “Most Amazing Earth Images of 2013” by the online magazine LiveScience.
The beach ball-sized orbs captured global attention after a Leelanau County woman, Leda Olmsted, snapped a few photos while on a walk in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in February. The field of ice boulders gives an eerie, other-worldly feel to the beach. It looks as if a bunch of giants are preparing for a snowball fight.
PORT HURON, Mich. — The Coast Guard cutter Hollyhock's recent mission was filled with gingerbread cookies and giggles.
Crew members took the 255-foot ship out into lower Lake Huron to retrieve the buoys that protect the ships traveling through the area. Crew members also retrieved time with their spouses and children.
The Dec. 20 mission was gathering buoys and gathering families together, according to the Times Herald of Port Huron.
Alexander Berry, 10 years old, had an essential role in both parts of the endeavor.
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You have watched the vessels steam majestically through the harbor and grandly sail over the horizon on Lake Superior.