Lake St Clair strategic implementation plan approved
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/17/2013 - 07:41 ] #The US Army Corps of Engineers has granted final approval to the Lake St
Clair Strategic Implementation Plan. The plan, which includes scores of
specific restoration recommendations, was signed by Assistant Secretary
of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy, clearing a critical hurdle that will
provide an important leg up as Lake St Clair restoration projects seek
federal funding. more...
Seeking a Permanent Solution to Keep Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/17/2013 - 07:29 ] #In mid-May, I sat in a room overlooking Lake Michigan, and the towering Chicago skyline, with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) officials and 17 other leaders representing various Great Lakes
organizations united by a shared passion for protecting and restoring
the Great Lakes. Together, these members of the U.S. EPA Great Lakes
Advisory Board will provide advice and recommendations to the U.S. EPA
Administrator, who also oversees the federal Interagency Task Force. The
Task Force is leading the development and implementation of a new Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Action Plan, continuing to support the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. more...
Summer's here, and so is toxic blue-green algae
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/17/2013 - 07:28 ] #
Swimming at a public beach in Madison's great lakes can be plenty of
fun, unless there's an ugly mass of blue-green algae nearby.
Health Madison and Dane County issued its annual warning on Thursday,
urging swimmers to stay away from blue-green algae blooms, some of which
are capable of producing toxins.
"These blooms tend to appear
after heavy rains, meaning that swimming after a heavy rain is not a
good idea," PHMDC said in a news release.
The blooms are natural, but not everything in nature is beautiful. more...
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...
Stop The Great Lakes Nuclear Dump
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/16/2013 - 12:12 ] #
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...
Lake trout making a comeback
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2013 - 05:47 ] #There is growing evidence that lake trout are making a comeback in Lake Michigan.
The feds have been stocking the lake with trout for decades. Now, biologists say the fish are reproducing on their own.
Hanson is looking for what he calls the perfect lake trout. The
fisheries biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is
conducting a survey in Lake Michigan. Nearly a mile of nylon netting is
set about two miles off the Sheboygan shore.
of the lake trout out in the lake right now, they do have fin clips,
that indicates they were stocked from a hatchery," said Dale Hanson,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fisheries biologist. more...
Mayfly population is steady, indicating good water quality
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2013 - 05:43 ] #
Despite recent water quality issues, Lake Erie’s mayfly populations appear to be holding steady, a researcher said.
the winged insect that rises from the lake’s mud bottom and descend on
the Lake Erie Islands and North Coast by the millions, are an indicator
of a healthy lake.
“Back in the ’60s and ’70s, the mayflies
basically were gone from Lake Erie,” said Tory Gabriel, fisheries
outreach coordinator for The Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant
College Program. more...
Should Lake Superior wolves be saved?
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/10/2013 - 06:45 ] #
On an island in Lake Superior, biologists are wondering whether to
save some very special wolves from extinction by inbreeding, or let
nature take its course.
Behind this is the bigger question: What's really natural, anyway?
wolves are on Isle Royale, a huge island off Thunder Bay, Ont. Because
of a twist in the international boundary, it's in U.S. waters, though
closer to Canada's mainland.
Canadian animals have colonized it twice. In the early 1900s, moose swam over from the mainland and thrived. more...
Retired geologist says Lake Superior is the solution
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/10/2013 - 06:39 ] #During Metroland Media Group’s investigation into the crisis on Georgian
Bay, one name came kept coming up. Lifelong Port McNicoll resident and
retired geologist, geochemist and engineer, James McCannell is described
as an expert on the issue.
Instead of looking south to the St. Clair River to solve low water
levels in the Great Lakes, the 97-year-old man turns north to Lake
Superior to make his case. more...
US poisons invasive Lake Michigan lamprey larvae
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2013 - 07:17 ] # Federal wildlife workers will go after one of the Great Lakes’
greatest invasive pests this week when they poison the larvae of sea
lamprey in a stream feeding Lake Michigan.The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans treatments for Tuesday through
next Sunday in the Mitchell Creek stream bottom. The creek flows through
Traverse City State Park before entering Grand Traverse Bay’s east arm.
The park is in Grand Traverse County’s East Bay Township, east of
Traverse City. more...
Rep. Bill Huizenga echoes call for Great Lakes barrier to stem Asian carp invasion
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2013 - 07:14 ] #Rep. Bill Huizenga applauded and echoed recent comments by Illinois
Gov. Pat Quinn about separating the Mississippi River from the Great
In a statement Monday, Huizenga said he was "encouraged" by Quinn's
weekend call for a Chicago barrier to keep invasive species like Asian
carp out of the lakes.
"A biological barrier preserves an estimated $7 billion in economic
activity generated by Great Lakes fisheries, protects Michigan's
pristine waters for our sportfishing and recreational boating
industries, and helps safeguard the ecosystem from future invasive
threats," Huizenga, R-Zeeland, said in the statement. more...
Belle Isle project improves fish habitat, opportunities for anglers
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2013 - 07:13 ] #
A $2-million habitat restoration project on Belle Isle is expected to
further the comeback story of fish on the Detroit River and make
Detroit’s island park a more desirable destination for anglers.
Keith Flournoy, Belle Isle park manager for the city, called the improvements “wonderful.”
the aesthetics of it look great,” he said. “And what it does for
habitat, for the fish to thrive in this area; the opportunities for
fishermen to have a better fishing experience both in the Detroit River
and on Belle Isle ... I think it’s money well-spent.” 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
Quick fixes not answer to lake level
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/3/2013 - 06:53 ] #As lake levels go down, the pressure on government to “do something” goes up.
a predictable response, and it’s also a bit frightening. “First, do no
harm” may be a guiding principle in emergency medicine, but it has yet
to catch on with the political class.At
the moment, the favored option of the “do-something” crowd is a
proposal to spend more than $200 million to install inflatable weirs and
sluice gates on the St. Clair River. If these were to work as intended,
they would gradually raise the Huron-Michigan pool by five to 10
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