Across the Great Lakes shipwrecks could soon receive a brand new buoy system, that will help divers and boats alike reduce damage to these historic sites.
With dangerous currents a fact of life along the Great Lakes, officials are looking for ways to limit the number of drownings.
Powerful currents on the Great Lakes have caused more than 150 drownings since 2002, according to researchers. Those currents can appear suddenly, says Mark Breederland, an educator with Michigan Sea Grant.
“The wind is key. It can start up pretty calm. Pretty soon it picks up – you’re out there, just enjoying the beach and you’re not really thinking about it,” Breederland says. Michigan Sea Grant is a university program focused on preserving Great Lakes resources through education and research. “All of the sudden, the waves have come way up from what they were when you first started.”
When a drowning occurs, people often attribute it to an undertow. Scientists say it’s much more complicated than that. Continue reading
The Office of the Great Lakes awarded just over $927,000 to 15 organizations for coastal projects.
The second part of the state ‘s strategy is a focus on promoting water-based recreation and exploring the untapped potential of the revitalization of waterfronts.
The hot button issue of oil pipelines continues to get a lot of attention. In the Great Lakes there’s a long-running battle over a crude and natural gas line that runs through a waterway connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
The MSU Sea Grant Extension Office will work to create programs to educate and protect the coastal ecosystems in the Great Lakes.
Elliot Nelson is a Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator at Lake Superior State University. Continue reading
When the weather is mild, it’s not unusual to find nature lovers and hikers exploring the trails along the Jackson Falls, in the western New York town of Aurora.
The eight Great Lakes states will vote tomorrow (Tue.) on a request by the city of Waukesha-Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan.
To highlight his concerns about water use and abuse, artist Kevin Dartt created an unusual public sculpture in downtown Rochester, New York: five concrete sinks in the shapeand porportion of the Great Lakes. Continue reading
Security and rescue operations on Great Lakes waters are changing. The U-S Coast Guard is planning to temporarily shut down 8 Coast Guard stations around the Great Lakes. It’s the beginning of a larger transition aimed at improving the efficiency of stations around the nation. But Great Lakes Today’s Elizabeth Miller in Cleveland reports on one Ohio community that doesn’t want to see its Coast Guard unit go.
Preliminary data from the Department of Natural Resources show that Lake Trout populations in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are up, and Walleye in the Saginaw Bay and Lake Erie are booming.
The DNR surveys fish populations with nets, sonar equipment, and baited hooks. Continue reading
The Department of Natural Resources says some asian carp can look similar to common bait used in Michigan.
It’s been long known that invasives pose a threat to the Great Lakes. Continue reading
A report released this week touches on future plans for the Great Lakes, and past work to maintain the quality of the lakes.
The report is released annually by the Department of Environmental Quality. This year is its 30th year. Continue reading
State Attorney General Bill Schuette has sent a letter to Great Lakes governors challenging a proposal to allow the Wisconsin city of Waukesha to withdraw water from Lake Michigan.
The state attorney general has no formal role in approving or disapproving the request for a pipeline to Lake Michigan that would withdraw millions of gallons of water to replace the city’s contaminated water supply. Continue reading
A state house bill has come under fire from conservation groups for allowing information about pipeline integrity to remain secret. In particular, opponents say they’re worried about line 5, the Enbridge pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.
State lawmakers will decide whether fish farming should be allowed in the Great Lakes.