Kayak rental business owner leads way in cleanup of debris in Clinton River
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2011 - 06:41 ] #After three years of work by a local kayak rental business owner,
portions of the Clinton River in Macomb County, Mich., that were once
just 6 inches wide are now 10 feet wide - enough room for canoes and
kayaks to get through safely. This effort is among many examples across
the state of how supporters of paddling sports are looking to raise
awareness and use of the state's waterways. more...
Panel votes to begin Chicago River cleanup planning
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/13/2011 - 06:39 ] #The Chicago River, long one of the nation's nastiest waterways, may soon
be clean enough to swim in. Board members of the Metropolitan Water
Reclamation District of Greater Chicago voted this week to begin making
plans to disinfect the effluent discharged from two of the district's
three primary water treatment plants. more...
Coast Guard warns of rip current dangers on Great Lakes
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/10/2011 - 07:27 ] #As part of National Rip Current Awareness Week, the Coast Guard is
warning swimmers about the dangers of getting caught in a rip current.
Coast Guard officers at Station Oswego say it is a common misconception
that rip currents only happen in the ocean. In fact, they can also occur
in any of the Great Lakes. more...
Copper-Based Boat Paint Ban Passes State Senate
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/9/2011 - 06:46 ] # A bill that would ban the use of copper-based antifouling paints on recreational vessels has passed the California Senate.
Senators on June 1 approved the bill on a 25-13 party line vote. It now goes to the state Assembly.
Sen. Christine Kehoe, a San Diego Democrat, said her legislation is
“a win for clean water and beaches” and helps local governments in
California meet their clean water requirements without incurring
enormous fines. more...
Rising water temps not unique to Lake Superior
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2011 - 07:16 ] #The world's largest lake by volume (Russia's Lake Baikal) is warming at
almost the same rate as the world's largest lake by area, Lake Superior.
Scientists say reduced winter ice cover may be behind both. more...
Control board increases outflow from Lake Superior
- Editor H2ONotes [ 6/6/2011 - 07:14 ] #The International Lake Superior Board of Control has set the Lake
Superior outflow to 1640 cubic metres per second (m3/s) for the month of
June, effective June 3. This is an increase from the May outflow, which
was 1560 m3/s. more...
Future still in doubt as S.S. Badger sets sail
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/27/2011 - 15:08 ] #The S.S. Badger kicked off its 2011 season Thursday; however, the
carferry is still looking for fuel alternatives to comply with EPA
regulations which ban it from dumping coal ash in Lake Michigan at the
end of next year. more...
Don't eat fish from certain St. Clair Shores canals, state advises
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/27/2011 - 15:07 ] #A "do not eat" advisory has been issued by the Michigan Department of
Community Health this afternoon for fish caught from the 10 Mile/Lange/
Revere canals in St. Clair Shores. more...
New York moves to ban dumping sewage from boats
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/26/2011 - 07:08 ] #
YOUNGSTOWN—A proposal announced Tuesday by state officials would make
it illegal for boats to discharge their on-board sewage into Lake
The state has asked the U. S. Environmental Protection
Agency to designate the entire 326-mile-long south shore of Lake Ontario
from Youngstown at the west to Cape Vincent at the east as a “vessel
waste no-discharge zone.”
New York State’s jurisdiction extends
from about the center of Lake Ontario to the south shore beginning at
the mouth of the Niagara River near Youngstown and continuing to Cape
Vincent in Jefferson County where the lake flows into the St. Lawrence
Great Lakes Water Levels
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:14 ] #The water levels of the Great Lakes continue to rise at a face pace.
The latest weekly levels show that Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are up
7″ in the last month. They are now only 1″ below the level of one year
ago, and 15″ below the average May level. more...
Group to track walleye in St. Marys
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:13 ] #The St. Mary's Fisheries Task Group, a group of several constituents
that work with the St. Marys River fisheries, is conducting a walleye
movement study in the river this summer.
Walleye from Munuscong Bay have been fitted with internal acoustic
transmitters that will allow Lake Superior State University students and
fisheries biologists to track their movement with acoustic receivers
over the coming months. more...
Lake Huron salmon fishery decline is a learning moment for others
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/25/2011 - 07:11 ] #Seven years ago, the Lake Huron chinook salmon fishery collapsed due to a
variety of elements -- all largely caused by human activity. Teeming
with salmon, Lake Huron had annual yields of 75,000. However, fishing in
2010 showed only 3,200, a reported record low. more...
Health detectives search for source of Michigan beach contamination
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/16/2011 - 06:43 ] #County health officials are struggling to discover the source of
sporadic and elusive high E. coli bacteria counts in the water at a
beach near Lake Huron's Tawas City in Michigan. more...
Proposal would make it easier to retrieve sunken logs in Michigan
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/16/2011 - 06:42 ] #Valuable logs sank to the bottom of Michigan’s lakes and rivers during the 1800s when loggers floated their hauls.
Now proposed legislation would make permits to retrieve them easier to get. more...
- Editor H2ONotes [ 5/16/2011 - 06:36 ] #Lots of
rain barrel action going on in Metro Detroit, and the time is right.
We're getting rain most days, and according to Melissa Damaschke in the
SC Great Lakes Program office, an inch of rain overwhelms our system,
causing sewage overflows (residents of the Lake Erie region, you're
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