Voyage studying plastic in Great Lakes sets sail
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/16/2012 - 07:23 ] #
Until now, scientists could only guess at the amount of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.
This week, a team of researchers sets sail to conduct the first-ever
survey of plastic pollution in the world’s largest fresh water system.
“You really have to start with, ‘Is this even an issue in the Great
Lakes? [With] 35 million people living around the Great Lakes, all the
plastic you see blowing around, common sense is that it’s out there,”
says Sherri “Sam” Mason, professor within SUNY Fredonia’s Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry. more...
Drowning latest reminder of lake’s deceptive ferocity
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/16/2012 - 07:22 ] #
I just happened to be walking along the beach
near that popular public-access site after watching the tail end of the
Gary South Shore Air Show. As the F-16 fighter jets exited the friendly
skies, I was surprised to see swimmers bobbing in the unfriendly waters,
well off the shore.
Further down the shoreline, near West Beach, two
lifeguards told swimmers to get out of the water after rip current
warnings were put into effect. But there are no lifeguards at the
Riverwalk and most other beaches.
For 15 years, I’ve written too many columns on
Lake Michigan drownings, most caused by rip currents, the vacuum-like
force in the surf zone of our deceiving Great Lake. more...
Unsafe waters? Pollution problems plague area beaches
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/16/2012 - 07:20 ] #
Woodlawn Beach State Park is one of the worst beaches in the country
for continuing poor water quality, according to a national
The beach is one of 19 in the country that the Natural Resources
Defense Council labels as “repeat offenders,” with more than 25 percent
of the water samples at the beach exceeding federal standards during the
past five years.
Despite the reputation, the beach has been packed this summer as
hundreds come each day seeking a respite from the hot, dry weather. It
was hard to find a parking spot at the beach Thursday afternoon. An
estimated 800 to 1,000 people came to cool off in the Lake Erie waters
and breeze. more...
Ancient 'New York City' of Canada Discovered
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/16/2012 - 07:20 ] #Today New York City is the Big Apple of the Northeast but new research
reveals that 500 years ago, at a time when Europeans were just beginning
to visit the New World, a settlement on the north shore of Lake
Ontario, in Canada, was the biggest, most complex, cosmopolitan place in
the region. more...
How to Identify Bighead, Silver, Grass and Common Carps
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/16/2012 - 07:19 ] #Created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region, this
video will teach you how to identify bighead and silver carps using
grass carp and common carp as points of comparison. more...
- Editor H2ONotes [ 7/16/2012 - 07:17 ] #After reading a draft of Mike Ingham’s latest article on mast bend for
our September issue, I had the good fortune to hitch a ride with him and
fellow Quantum sailmaker Tim Healy for some two-boat J/24 tuning on a
beautiful afternoon in Newport, R.I. With about 10 knots of breeze and
minimal chop, we set off with the end goal of the J/24 Worlds in
Rochester, N.Y., in mind. Here’s how a couple of our experts made the
most of their practice session: more...
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