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Proposal suggests dinky brooks may be as good as it gets

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When the Department of Natural Resources issued new trout regulations in 2000, many anglers complained they were too complicated with seven stream types and different size limits, possession limits and season dates for each.

However, a lot of streams and lakes were lumped into one type, and it was easy to use the color coding on the regulations to determine the type of stream.   more...



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Chicago Park District may open five beaches for surfing

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For the first time, Chicagoans with dusty surfboards in their garages or basements can start thinking about legally hanging 10 in Lake Michigan, perhaps as early as this summer.

Prompted by a group of avid Midwest surfing enthusiasts, the Chicago Park District has agreed to begin taking steps to open as many as five of its beaches to surfboarding. more...



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Board votes to remove dams

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 TRAVERSE CITY -- It's going to be an all-new Boardman River, though not anytime soon.

Traverse City and Grand Traverse County officials voted late Thursday to remove three dams, a project that could take at least five years to complete, including removal of built-up sediment behind the structures and dismantling of aging buildings.

The river bed will change and the water impoundments behind the dams will drain.  more...



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Ice is now dangerous in southern Lower Michigan

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Ice conditions have become dangerous, especially in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula, the Michigan Department of Resources said Wednesday in its weekly fishing report.

Many lakes have standing water and slippery conditions. The rivers are not safe for ice fishing. Conditions will only worsen with additional rain and strong winds, the DNR says, so those hoping to get out and try ice fishing may have to travel to Northern Lower Michigan or the Upper Peninsula.  more...



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Junior Paddler's Letter to City Officials

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My name is Cameron Savage and I grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. I'm turning 19 this spring and I have been whitewater kayaking for over 10 years now. Kayaking has taken me all over the world. From paddling the warm rivers of Costa Rica, to the mountain streams of the southern US, to my summers working on the Ottawa River in Ontario, Canada, kayaking has always been a part of my life.  more...

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Costner To Build' Waterworld' Park

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Waterworld Water ParkFor love of the game, octogenarian movie star Kevin Costner is bringing a baseball team to a brand new field of dreams. Costner will be part owner of a new baseball team playing in the city of Zion, north of Chicago. But Costner says the bigger project he's excited about is his other great love: water. The star plans to create a water park based on the expensive flop, “Waterworld” with hundreds of waterslides and a giant wave pool.  more...

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Chlorine versus saline pools

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Indoor swimmers know that chlorine is a necessary evil. We love the harsh, sanitizing chemical when we see how many unshowered people inhabit public pools. We hate its clinging smell and that it leaves us with red eyes, green hair and see-through swimming suits.

Some hotels and health clubs, however, say there's a new alterative: saline pools. These saltwater pools that taste like the ocean are often touted as an "eco-friendly" and "healthy" answer to chlorine because fewer chemicals are needed. more...


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Lobdell Lake deals attract homebuyers

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Tucked away in southern Genesee County is a 545-acre lake that is luring more than ice fishermen to its shore.

Homebuyers -- yes, they really do exist -- are purchasing houses along Lobdell Lake.

There are 32 homes on the market now, making it the most active lake in southern Genesee County for real estate sales, said Ken Brant of Coldwell Banker Signature in Fenton.  more...



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Flood of '59 sloshed across Ohio

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A woman is rescued from  flood waters in Mt. Vernon on Jan. 22, 1959.Fifty years later, the memories are fresh. The flood of Jan. 21, 1959, is not easily forgotten for those who lived through it.

Columbus musician Arnett Howard was 8 when Ohio National Guard troops evacuated him and his family from their flooded Franklinton neighborhood.

Newark resident Bob Pricer was a WCLT radio reporter who roved the city, telephoning in reports to the station and helping guide police to where people needed help.   more...



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Establishing a future vision for the canal

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In honour of the 179th anniversary of the first vessel passing through the first Welland Canal, the city tipped its hat to the man who shaped Niagara - William Hamilton Merritt.

Merritt planned and built the Welland Canal in the 1820s to bypass the barrier of Niagara Falls and link the Upper and Lower Great Lakes. more...



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Water assessment tool is live for testing

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Water Assessment ToolFarmers considering new wells, irrigation rigs or pumps in streams can now test their siting plans with Michigan's new computerized water assessment tool, which is live on the Internet, but benign until February.

Anyone can visit www.miwwat.org to test the tool, developed as part of state legislation that ratified the Great Lakes Compact, an agreement among Great Lakes states to stop businesses and governments in other states from taking water from the Great Lakes for their own needs.  more...

 



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First of three hydro generators to be built on Welland Canal producing electricity

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The first canal power generator in the Garden City roared to life at Lock 2 Thursday.

A 22-tonne turbine was churning out almost two megawatts of green electricity by noon Thursday, enough to power 1,500 city homes.

"I'm so happy to see it working," said a grinning Tom Rankin, president of the St. Catharines company that teamed up with the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. for the project.

"I've been calling down here every day to see if they'd got it running."

The Lock 2 turbine is one of three hydro generators Rankin Construction is building on the Welland Canal.   more...

 



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Shipwreck hunters find 1870 schooner

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The images are blurred shapes of dark and light and they have undefined lines and portions shaded out.

But even to the untrained eye the photos that emerged from the sidescan sonar that pierced into the waters of Lake Erie were unmistakably boats.   more...

 



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Lake access battles founder on wide variation in laws

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photoWhen Joan McCormick first saw her Clark Lake home just outside Brooklyn, Mich., in 1979, the seller proudly showed her the dock where she could leave her boat, right at the end of her road. She bought the house, bought a boat and has docked it there ever since.

But a squabble nearby between a lakefront property owner and backlotters -- those who live just off the lake -- prompted the Jackson County Road Commission last month to ban overnight docking off road ends and order backlotters to remove docks and other personal property from the water. They can apply for dock permits next year, the commission ruled.   more...

 



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A new season for the Erie Canal

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canalopenBy Hilary Smith

The state Canal Corp., which operates the Erie, Oswego, Champlain and Cayuga-Seneca canals, had proposed reducing the open hours for the canal by five hours this season in response to requests from the state Thruway Authority to cut its costs.

Canal Corp. Director Carmella Mantello had proposed saving roughly $1 million by cutting lock and lift bridge crews from 180 to 100, which would have required that the canals be open for up to five fewer hours each day — from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through the entire navigation season. The limited hours had last been in place during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.

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