Detroit RiverWalk brings millions of dollars to city
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/17/2013 - 07:26 ] #
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy is celebrating its 10th
anniversary this week with a new economic impact study showing millions
of dollars in benefits for the city from the operation of the RiverWalk.
the findings of the study: Annual spending by visitors, residents,
employees and other operations along the riverfront is estimated at
$43.7 million, while tax revenue generated by ongoing riverfront
activity is estimated at $4.5 million annually. more...
Great Lakes Water Levels Rising Due to Rainfall
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2013 - 05:50 ] #Western New York has been getting some changing weather the past few weeks.
Some of it has been nice. A lot of it has been rain.
And all the rain added up is helping boaters and those who rely on our Great Lakes everyday.
"We've had some pretty good rainfall over all the Great Lakes over
the last couple of weeks," said George Cotroneo, chief of U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Buffalo division.
And so far this month, Buffalo's gotten 3.8 inches of rainfall. In the month of June, that's 2.5 inches above average. more...
Buoy camera catches waves and sunsets on Lake Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2013 - 05:45 ] #
Want to catch a sunset in Lake Michigan with no land in sight? Or feel what it’s like to bob in the waves during a storm?
A weather buoy that got its start thanks to Holland area businesses and
groups is now broadcasting video at regular intervals three miles
offshore of Port Sheldon in about 85 feet of water.
“This webcam is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes and is capable
of transmitting high-resolution images and video clips over the
Internet on a regular basis,” said Ed Verhamme, project engineer of
LimnoTech, an Ann Arbor environmental engineering company. more...
Wisconsin comes up short in revitalizing waterfronts
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2013 - 05:44 ] #In 2005, dozens of Wisconsin officials gathered at a new resort on Lake
Michigan. Sheboygan’s Blue Harbor Resort was a case study for
revitalizing Wisconsin’s waterfronts, representing millions of dollars
in private investment and the promise of jobs and tourism dollars.
Eight years later, Wisconsin hasn’t come up with a blueprint for making
that happen.That lack of success continues to symbolize a lost
opportunity for many Wisconsin communities with empty or abandoned
waterfront land, including former sites of heavy manufacturing or
New Great Lakes Seaway Trail Magazine Includes Local Tips
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/10/2013 - 06:47 ] #
The 2013 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Travel Magazine is out and
publishers say packed with ideas for exploring the 518-mile National
Scenic Byway that hugs the freshwater shoreline of New York and
The leisure driving and boating route spans five distinct areas along
the coastline: the Erie Bayfront and Presque Isle in Pennsylvania, the
Western NY Lake Erie metropolitan hub of Buffalo-Niagara Falls, the
expansive Lake Ontario shoreline and its centerpiece at Rochester, the
recreation-rich Eastern Lake Ontario waterfront, and the international
1000 Islands-St. Lawrence Seaway. more...
State turns over lakefront parks to Cleveland
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/10/2013 - 06:42 ] #The state of Ohio is officially turning over a string of Lake Erie parks to the city of Cleveland.
Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) is joining Cleveland
Mayor Frank Jackson and other officials Thursday to sign documents that
will seal the transfer of the waterfront recreational areas. more...
This summer, travel on La Route bleue
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/10/2013 - 06:41 ] #It’s a fact of life in Quebec that you can’t venture out very far
from home without having to cross a bridge or take a car ferry.
As Montrealers, we know about the bridges; there are 28 bridges and
tunnels leading out from the island of Montreal. But downstream from
Montreal, as the St. Lawrence River gets progressively wider, car
ferries are the critical transport links for area residents. For
tourists, they offer an opportunity for inexpensive and interesting boat
June 2-8 – Proclaimed – Beach Safety Awareness Week
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2013 - 07:12 ] #
Mackinac Island, Michigan—The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers
of Ontario and Québec today proclaimed June 2-8 “Beach Safety Awareness
Dangerous currents and other water hazards pose a significant danger
to swimmers, boaters and others enjoying the Great Lakes and St.
Lawrence River. Lifeguards and others must save people from dangerous
currents each year. Tragically, many lives are lost despite these
rescue efforts. more...
Expert, Coast Guard urge caution after trees, other debris spotted near Lake Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/3/2013 - 06:57 ] #We're back with Vol. 2, Ep. 2 of our weekly summer Boat Talk column,
and this week, we beg our lake-faring readers to be on the lookout for
potentially hull-piercing debris reportedly showing up in West Michigan
Historic flooding in April led to troublesome buildup in the Holland
and Grand Haven channels that feed Lake Michigan, with picnic tables,
Dumpsters and even whole trees floating through like it was nobody's
Fednav adding six new ships to fleet
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/3/2013 - 06:56 ] #Fednav Ltd., Canada’s leading international maritime bulk carrier, is
adding six new 34,000-tonne vessels to its fleet. They will operate in
the St. Lawrence Seaway region and be equipped for ice navigation.
six vessels will be built in Japan by the Oshima Shipyard and will have
much improved environmental performance over six other Oshima-built
vessels delivered to Fednav a decade ago. They will consume 28 per cent
less fuel and produce 28 per cent fewer emissions. The engines will emit
33 per cent less nitrogen oxide. more...
Climb a Michigan dune and see it all
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/28/2013 - 07:14 ] #When you dig your hands and feet into the sand of one of Michigan’s
towering dunes, you’re participating in thousands of years of history.These
enormous sand formations along the state’s Lake Michigan coast were
formed, like the Great Lakes themselves, by glaciers dominating the land
of 16,000 years ago. When those glaciers retreated and melted, they
left behind the rocks and clay that eventually, through erosion, became
the dunes. more...
Restoring an ancient Great Lakes fish
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/24/2013 - 04:33 ] #Sturgeon have lived in the Great Lakes longer than humans have walked
the earth. But the ancient fish now need our help to stay here. A joint
project by the federal and state officials with a Native American tribe
is trying to do that by rebuilding habitat for lake sturgeon in the
Kalamazoo River. WMUK’s Brian Petersen went along to find out how it’s
“Sunken Treasure”: Documentary explores Great Lakes shipwrecks, promotes respectful diving
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/24/2013 - 04:31 ] #With hundreds of shipwrecks scattered across the bottom of the Great
Lakes, divers have access to an unrivaled underwater playground. The
freshwater environment lends itself to preserving shipwrecks so well,
some ships look ready to board.
Divers tempted to swipe an artifact for their mantle or crank a wheel
and pretend to sail away could be fined or even imprisoned. A recent
documentary aims to educate those with misguided intentions before it
gets that far.
“Sunken Treasure: Preserving Michigan’s Shipwrecks”was recently released by the Michigan Underwater Preserve Council to foster respect of Great Lakes shipwrecks and preserve the fragile ecosystems that surround them.more...
Lake levels won’t fix themselves
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/24/2013 - 04:30 ] #
An international group recently looked at the issue of low water levels and what could be done to try and amend the situation.
The Joint International Commission called for a study to explore the
impact of placing inflatable gates or other devices in the St. Clair
River at the southern end of Lake Huron as a way to stop outflow from
Officials say dredging, mining and other human activities eroded the
river bottom in the last century, accelerating the outflow from Lake
Huron toward Lake Erie. Lake Michigan is also drained via its connection
to the other Great Lakes. more...
Sugar Island beach on Detroit River opens Saturday
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/24/2013 - 04:28 ] #A beach on the Detroit River’s Sugar Island is opening to the public Saturday.
island’s west beach will be accessible for activities including
picnicking, sunbathing, wildlife observation, photography and
volleyball. Upland areas will be off-limits to protect wildlife.
Officials say the area designated for public use will be clearly marked.
Some activities will be prohibited, such as setting fires, drinking
alcohol and setting off fireworks. more...
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