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.
An interactive map showcases successful federal restoration projects in the Great Lakes states, including projects from the $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
The map is produced by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, an association of more than 120 environmental and conservation groups.
Here’s a quick look at what the coalition views as success stories in Illinois:
KINCARDINE, Ontario (AP) — Ordinarily, a proposal to bury radioactive waste in a scenic area that relies on tourism would inspire "not in my backyard" protests from local residents — and relief in places that were spared.
But conventional wisdom has been turned on its head in the Canadian province of Ontario, where a publicly owned power company wants to entomb waste from its nuclear plants 2,230 feet below the surface and less than a mile from Lake Huron.
Some of the strongest support comes from Kincardine and other communities near the would-be disposal site at the Bruce Power complex, the world's largest nuclear power station, which produces one-fourth of all electricity generated in Canada's most heavily populated province. Nuclear is a way of life here, and many residents have jobs connected to the industry.
Canadian researchers think they have found a great way to trace the travels of treated sewage after it is discharged into rivers: Follow the artificial sweeteners.
The scientists found elevated concentrations of four sweeteners - cyclamate, saccharin, sucralose, and acesulfame – in water samples collected along the length of the Grand River in Ontario, Canada.
Commonly used in diet drinks, the sweeteners got into the Grand by way of the 30 sewage treatment plants that empty into the river and its tributaries.
Canadian sailors Sheryl and Paul Shard have been cruising for 24 years. They initially opted for the 'sell up and sail' style of cruising (1989 to 1998) but for the last 15 years they have maintained a home base - a condo town house - so they have lots of experience with both options. Today she shares her experiences, and it's great advice, coming from Canada, but will apply in Australia, New Zealand, the world over.
Sell Up and Sail:
When Paul and I were married in 1985 we had only been out of school for a couple of years but were committed to our dream of building a boat and going cruising before settling down. The dream had been burning since high school and we knew that if we didn't do it we would live with the regret forever. So it didn't make sense for us to put down roots and immediately start saving for a house like the rest of our 20s-something friends were doing.
There is a growing recogni- tion that the Great Lakes are a unique and invaluable asset to the states and provinces that border them. At a time when other regions of the country are experiencing water shortages and are engaged in territorial battles, the challenge facing the Great Lakes states lies in protecting what they have.
In the case of Ohio, the obvious focus is on Lake Erie, although there are no boundaries between the five lakes when it comes to issues such as pollution, algae concentrations and invasive species.
Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today the newest addition to its Elite and Mark family of compact fishfinder and chartplotter products, the Elite-4 and Mark-4 Hybrid Dual Imaging™ (HDI) series. Setting a new performance standard for affordably priced navigation and fishfinder electronics, the new HDI units feature a built-in GPS antenna, high-definition mapping options, and the Lowrance exclusive Hybrid Dual Imaging technology that combines Broadband Sounder™ and Downscan Imaging for the best possible view beneath your boat.
On most days, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw keeps Great Lakes channels and harbors open to navigation to meet the region’s winter shipping needs.
A recent Saturday was not like most days.
Mackinaw served once again as this year’s Christmas Ship. Loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, the icebreaker played homage to an annual Chicago tradition from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Michigan state Rep. Rudy Hobbs, a Democrat, is asking Republican Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan to veto Waukesha's request to switch to a Lake Michigan water supply.
Waukesha's proposal is being examined by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and it will be several months before the plan could be forwarded to the other seven Great Lakes states for their review. It is not yet on Snyder's desk for consideration.
But Waukesha needs the unanimous approval of each of the eight Great Lakes states to purchase lake water, and Hobbs' partisan shot is warning city officials of the reception in store for them on the east side of Lake Michigan.
"I wanted to get ahead of things," Hobbs said Tuesday in explaining why he submitted a Michigan House resolution opposing the city's plan.