PORT CLINTON — The Lake Erie water temperature off nearby Catawba Island on Saturday was 53 degrees, and falling. In the Maumee River back in Toledo, the water was running at about 59 degrees, and falling.
With a lot of fishermen still out on the lake as large groups of walleye are migrating back to the western basin, and waterfowl hunters working the rivers and the marshes as waves of ducks and geese dot the sky, fall can be a very productive time in the outdoors.
But it is also a time when the stakes get much higher for the angler or the hunter who finds themselves in the water unexpectedly.
The Michigan Historical Commission (MHC) of the Michigan Department of Transportation has recognized the DeTour Reef Light Station as a significant part of Michigan’s history by awarding it an official State of Michigan Registered Historic Site (#2252) historical marker. The designation honors the DeTour Reef Light Station as an important and educational part of local and state history.
DeTour Reef Light Preservation Society (DRLPS), sponsor of the marker, had a dedication ceremony to commemorate this significant accomplishment on September 28 at the marker site on M-134 five miles west of DeTour Village.
KINCARDINE, Ontario — Canadian utility giant Ontario Power Generation says the layers of rock where it proposes a deep underground nuclear waste storage facility are solid, stable and well-suited for the job. But what's at the surface and less than a mile away — the shores of Lake Huron — has people on the Michigan and Canadian sides of the Great Lake fiercely opposed to the plan.
"I'm up in arms," said Michigan resident Sherry Hummel of Williamsburg. "It's just a dangerous, dangerous thing to do near 20% of the world's" unfrozen surface freshwater.
Chinook salmon have been the bread and butter of Lake Michigan’s sport fishing industry for nearly 50 years, but the popular fishery now faces many of the same threats that wiped out Lake Huron’s salmon fishery a decade ago.
The similarities between Lake Michigan’s salmon fishery and the Lake Huron salmon fishery in 2003 — the year before it crashed — are striking.
One of the most alarming parallels: Lake Michigan anglers caught fewer Chinook salmon this year but the fish were much larger than in recent years, despite a dwindling supply of fish food in the lake, according to charter boat captains and state officials. That mirrored conditions in Lake Huron in 2003, the last good year of salmon fishing there.
Recent research by the US Forest Service Studies and the Finger Lakes Land Trust has reaffirmed the recent widespread presence and problem of invasive species in New York State.
The research examined the prevalence of 79 identified invasive animals, plants, and insects, finding Tompkins County to be currently home to 36. Areas hit particularly hard by the detriment are headlined by the American North East, the Great Lakes region, and the New York Finger Lakes specifically. 38 of the species are proven to be in New York State presently, with the National Average much less at 18.
The traces of the problem specifically go back to 20th century deregulation of shipping laws, which ultimately allowed for foreign harmful bacteria to enter regional ports via the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since then, problematic species of many sorts have grown out of control due to the similar environment of the North East to parts of Europe and Asia.
Lake sturgeon will again be stocked in North Country waters as part of a restoration program for the threatened fish species.
On Oct. 22, more than 10,000 fingerlings -- four-month-old 5- to 8-inch fish -- will be released into the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries.
Roughly 7,000 lake sturgeon will be stocked in the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg at the Greenbelt boat launch off Riverside Avenue.
The Salmon River, St. Regis River, and Raquette River will receive a portion of the remaining fingerlings.
MUSKEGON, MI – Ice on Lake Michigan is apparently not a “show stopper” for those exploring wind turbine farms on the Great Lakes.
That is the initial conclusion of University of Michigan marine engineer Dale G. Karr based upon his work for the U.S. Department of Energy studying Great Lakes ice and its impact on wind turbine towers.
“I have not found ice to be a show stopper but our research will be useful in determining that question,” Karr told a lecture audience Monday, Oct. 21 at the Grand Valley State University Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon.
ANN ARBOR, Michigan — A group of marinas in the Great Lakes region has been formed to share ideas about protecting water quality to benefit swimming, fishing and boating.
The Great Lakes Clean Marina Network has representatives from the marina industry, regulatory agencies and universities.
It was formed by the Green Marina Education and Outreach Project with backing from the Obama administration's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The project has certified 69 "clean marinas" and involved more than 2,100 people in workshops.
In January, when Lake Michigan’s chronically low water level reached its nadir, Leland Harbormaster Russell Dzuba faced the prospect of closing the popular harbor to keep commercial fishing vessels and pleasure boats from running aground in the shallow channel.
Leland is one of dozens of Great Lakes harbors that have struggled for two decades with below average lake levels that damaged boats and caused freighters to carry less cargo to avoid hitting bottom. Closing Leland’s harbor would have been devastating, Dzuba said.
“Our economy lives and dies on whether that channel (to Lake Michigan) is open,” he said.
The lake level crisis abated in April, when torrential rains caused lake levels to rise at an almost unprecedented rate.
The steam-powered Coast Guard ship chugged out of Buffalo to its station on Lake Erie between Sturgeon Point and Point Abino, where it was to anchor as a floating lighthouse for the Great Lakes shipping.
Light Vessel 82’s mission was to warn ships coming and going from the Buffalo Harbor of the treacherous rocky shoals beneath the lake’s northern shore.
But in the fall of 1913, as the six-member crew of the lighthouse vessel sailed out, two fronts collided over the warm lake waters, resulting in hurricane force winds that blasted the region for three days and nights. The crew aboard the lighthouse vessel was battling 35-foot waves, snow and sleet and 80 mph winds.
Wireless networks span the globe. But like a frightened toddler, they don’t go underwater.
That may soon change because UB researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet. The technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities.
“A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time, says Tommaso Melodia, associate professor of electrical engineering and the project’s lead researcher. “Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives.”
Lakefront woodlands, marshes and grasslands are precious habitats, and the birding in Northeast Ohio this past week showed why.
After millions of fall migrants depart Canada and complete their almost 60-mile crossing of Lake Erie, they are typically exhausted and hungry, and immediately begin desperately searching for a safe and inviting environment. Such lands are rare along the developed coastline, and those that remain can act as bird magnets.
Last weekend, I joined a tour of the Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve near Huron led by naturalists Judy Semroc and Larry Rosche of the Cleveland Natural History Museum.