Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Deadly currents — why they hit the Great Lakes

SciencePowerful 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

New MSU Extension Office opens at Lake Superior State University

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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

Changes Coming to Great Lakes Coast Guard Stations

Coast guard station scheduleSecurity 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.

The state says most fish populations in the Great Lakes are growing

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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

DEQ Great Lakes Office is celebrating 30 years with its latest State of the Great Lakes report

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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

Schuette challenging Lake Michigan water withdrawal request

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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

Conservationists worry what new bill could mean for the Great Lakes

DSC_1116A 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.

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