Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $23,902
Woo hoo!! And the first 27% is in!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: greatlakes

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Ice shatters on Lake Superior in captivating video

    02/19/2016 4:48:17 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 28 replies
    A Minnesota photographer captured a dramatic show on Lake Superior last week as massive sheets of ice met the shoreline and shattered. Dawn M. LaPointe shared the hypnotic video on Feb. 13 2016, on the Radiant Spirit Gallery Facebook page. In her post, LaPointe says she filmed the shattering ice near Duluth, Minn., for two hours in frigid conditions, ranging from minus-8 degrees to 3 degrees. That's minus-20 degrees to minus-8 degrees with windchill.
  • Senator McCain sets crosshairs on Jones Act build requirement (again)

    02/01/2016 8:18:47 AM PST · by prisoner6 · 9 replies
    gCapitan via ^ | January 30, 2016 | Mike Schuler
    1/31 - Once again U.S. Senator John McCain [R-AZ] has his crosshairs set on the Jones Act with an amendment he intends to attach to a proposed energy bill that would eliminate the U.S. build requirement for tankers involved in U.S. coastwise trade. McCain hopes to attach the amendment to bill S. 2012, also known as the Energy Modernization Act of 2015, which seeks to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the United States, and for other purposes. The submitted amendment from McCain would change section 12112 of title 46 of the United States Code (46 U.S.C....
  • “A New Heavy Icebreaker Is Essential” Claim Great Lakes Senators

    11/22/2015 11:55:50 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    gCaptain ^ | November 22, 2015 | John Konrad
    United States Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Homeland Security calling for robust funding in the fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation for the U.S. Coast Guard to design and build a new heavy icebreaker for the Great Lakes regio
  • Crews clearing path through Lake Superior ice; ships stuck

    04/08/2015 8:20:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 4/8/2015 | unknown
    SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) - Crews are working to clear a path through ice on eastern Lake Superior that's left freighters unable to move, including one that had a hole punched in its hull.......The cargo shipping season started last month on the upper Great Lakes.
  • Clear sky yields great look at frozen Great Lakes

    03/01/2015 7:45:01 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 38 replies ^ | March 01, 2015 | Mark Torregrossa
    We finally got a great look at the freezing Great Lakes in the last two days. The high resolution satellites give us images of the Great Lakes during the day, once a day. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, Michigan had clear skies when the satellite took the latest pictures. So it yielded the best look from high in space so far this winter. Friday's sunny sky also was a great day for MLive photographers to take to the sky and give us an up-close look at ice on Lakes Huron and Michigan. With the very cold weather Friday and Saturday, the...
  • Great Lakes ice cover may set record this week with two more arctic blasts

    02/23/2015 2:48:09 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 50 replies
    MLive.Com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Mark Torregrossa
    Two more very cold arctic blasts are going to hit Michigan this week. Conditions may be right late in the week for rapid ice making on the Great Lakes. This makes me think we could make a run at record ice cover on the Great Lakes by this coming weekend. As of Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, the total Great Lakes ice cover was 84.4 percent. Record total ice cover on the Great Lakes is 94.7 percent, set in 1979.
  • Great Lakes likely to have the most ice since records began, says meteorologist

    02/21/2015 7:27:19 AM PST · by shove_it · 86 replies
    IceAgeNow ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Robert
    Great Lakes ice is now running ahead of last year and ice will increase with more brutal cold coming, says meteorologist Joe dAleo. We are likely to have the most ice since records began. By the end of February the entire country east of the Rockies will have averaged below normal, says dAleo. Boston will have either the coldest or second coldest month in their history. It is nearly 13F below normal in Cleveland and all points east for February. Boston has the second most snow for the season and is very likely to be the snowiest ever by the...
  • Will Great Lakes Ice Coverage Beat or Tie Last Year's Winter Or The Record? [VANITY]

    02/17/2015 8:42:22 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 47 replies
    According to NOAA's Great Lakes Surface Environment Analysis (GLSEA) the record for total Great Lakes ice coverage was set in 1979 with 94.7% coverage. Last year's winter almost broke that record with 92.2% and is currently sitting in second place. Just a few days ago the ice coverage sat at 60%. Today that number has jumped to 76.6% based on yesterday's analysis due the recent cold the area has been receiving. Their forecast for the next 24 hours is for that coverage to jump to 82.3%. This is within 10% of second place. Some long range weather forecasts I have...
  • Great Lakes ice cover on pace with 2014's almost-record year

    02/19/2015 6:20:53 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 19, 2015 | Liam Ford
    The Siberian Express thats imported northern Russias weather into North America is leading to a second year of fast-growing ice cover on the Great Lakes, setting up the Chicago area for the possibility of another cool spring. By Wednesday, the Great Lakes were 85.4 percent ice-covered, just above the 85.2 percent on Feb. 18 last year, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. With below-average temperatures predicted for at least the next week, the lakes could approach last years levels of 92.5 percent ice cover, the second-highest level since records began in the early 1970s.
  • Record freeze on Lake Ontario as 4,700 square miles of ice forms on Great Lakes IN ONE NIGHT

    02/19/2015 6:09:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 95 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/19/14 | Mia De Graaf
    More than 4,700 square miles of ice formed over the Great Lakes in just one night on Tuesday. The Arctic blast that swept the Midwest and Northeast saw a near-record amount of Lake Ontario was iced over, with just 20 per cent of open water left. Overall 82 percent of the five water bodies sealed up. Temperatures are expected to drop again on Thursday night, leading forecasters to predict that figure to climb significantly by Friday morning.
  • Lake Erie Covered in Ice: Nearly 94 percent of lake is frozen, researchers say

    02/18/2015 11:59:04 AM PST · by xzins · 70 replies
    US News ^ | Feb 18, 15 | AP
    <p>The latest cold snap has almost all of Lake Erie covered by ice.</p> <p>The Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory says ice has formed across close to 94 percent of the lake. That's the highest percentage out of all of the Great Lakes.</p>
  • Rising Lake Michigan unprecedented

    01/22/2015 2:14:19 PM PST · by Paul46360 · 93 replies
    WOODTV ^ | 1-21-15 | Casey Jones
    "In January 2013, Lake Michigan hit its lowest water mark ever. Just two years later, the big lake has seen what some are calling an unparalleled turnaround. Were up almost two feet from there. Last fall, we had an unprecedented event where lake levels continued to rise through the fall. It has not rebounded this quickly I think in any recorded history that we have, said Chris Schropp of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers."
  • Great Lakes Ice Cover Developing; Earliest In Over 40 years

    11/25/2014 5:03:26 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies ^ | 11-25-2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    Mark Torregrossa November 24, 2014 Ice is already starting to develop on Michigan's Great Lakes. This is the earliest ice on some of the Great Lakes in at least 40 years. According to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, on November 20, 2014, three of Michigan's Great Lakes had ice starting to form. Lake Superior and Lake Michigan were one-half percent ice covered, while Lake Huron had one percent ice. Lake Erie was not reporting any ice as of Nov. 20, 2014. Decent early season ice coverage records date back to 1973. Last Friday was the earliest date that all...
  • Michigan's Great Lakes water levels may do something only achieved 4 times in last 154 years

    10/09/2014 6:04:12 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 58 replies ^ | October 09, 2014 | Mark Torregrossa
    Lake Michigan and Lake Huron water levels may do something only achieved four times in the last 154 years. This time of year is normally the season when Great Lakes lake levels begin to fall. Typically evaporation is greater than precipitation and runoff from rivers and streams. So there is normally less water going into Lakes Michigan, Huron, and Superior at this time of year. On Lakes Michigan-Huron July is typically the high water month. Lake Superior usually sees peak water level in July or August. This year is different. Lakes Michigan-Huron, and Lake Superior have continued to rise, even...
  • Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and Europe Defy Climate Experts

    08/03/2014 8:55:36 AM PDT · by citizen · 37 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jack Dini
    A little over one year ago, The New York Times and USA Today were reporting that the Great Lakes hit all time lows in water levels. According to those reports, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were 29 inches below their average measurements taken since 1918. Scientists warned communities that they could only expect more tragedy with the Great Lakes. With a lack of rain from climate change, they told everyone to expect levels to continue to drop. In an April 2013 report from the International Joint Commission, a group with members from the United States and Canada that advises on...
  • Lake Superior, the Great Lakes and Europe Defy Climate Experts

    07/31/2014 3:39:30 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 34 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/31/14 | Jack Dini
    A little over one year ago, The New York Times and USA Today were reporting that the Great Lakes hit all time lows in water levels. According to those reports, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan were 29 inches below their average measurements taken since 1918. Scientists warned communities that they could only expect more tragedy with the Great Lakes. With a lack of rain from climate change, they told everyone to expect levels to continue to drop.
  • Lake Michigan water levels rising: dilemma or not?

    07/02/2014 10:54:51 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 28 replies
    FOX32 Chicago ^ | 7-1-14 | By Larry Yellen, FOX 32 News Legal Analyst
    "A wet spring, and heavy winter snows, also raised lake levels. So, what's ahead? Researcher Olga Lyandres of the Alliance for the Great Lakes said that it's difficult to say, but fluctuations are a sign of a healthy ecosystem. The most recent models suggest that it could either rise or fall, compared to the long term average, said Lyandres."
  • Ice on Superior - The Winter that won't end!

    04/25/2014 2:08:40 AM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Wawa-news ^ | 4/22/14 | Brenda Grundt
    Spring seems to be taking forever to arrive, but we are not really seeing the worst of the late spring. The Great Lakes, and Lake Superior is holding on to their ice. As a result the freighters that normally travel the Great Lakes are having their fair share of problems. This has been a very long winter season, beginning with the Great Lakes freezing on December 6th, not allowing Northwest Indiana steel mills to stockpile materials. Glen Nekvasil, vice president for Lake Carriers' Association explained that lake freighters are struggling to make the voyage across Lake Superior despite the thick...
  • Crews Work To Clear Great Lakes Shipping Pathways

    04/08/2014 6:27:58 AM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews kept up their battle Monday to clear pathways for vessels hauling vital raw materials on the ice-clogged Great Lakes, where a shipping logjam forced a weeklong shutdown of the nation's largest steel factory. Traffic remained largely at a crawl after a winter that produced some of the heaviest ice on record across the five inland seas, where more than half the surface area remained solid this week. Icebreaking ships slogging across Lake Superior were still encountering ice layers 2 feet to 3 feet thick. In some areas, wind and wave action...
  • Obama budget slashes Great Lakes funding

    03/11/2014 9:17:01 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 12 replies
    WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama reined in funding for restoration of the Great Lakes in his budget released this week, spurring a backlash among environmentalists from Minnesota and a half dozen other states. Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2015 slashes $25 million from the current funding level for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which has supported dozens of projects in Minnesota aimed at controlling and monitoring pollutants and preserving and restoring fish and wildlife habitats in Lake Superior. The president's budget cuts another $430 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which helps communities repair wastewater infrastructure to prevent...
  • Hiking to North Manitou Island {Michigan}

    03/10/2014 10:17:25 PM PDT · by shove_it · 7 replies
    On Thursday, March 6th, 2014, we attempted something that hasnt been done for 40 years: to hike the treacherous ice across the Manitou Passage to the islands 8 miles out... (click the link for commentary and photos of a bold day of hiking)
  • Great Lakes Approaching 100% Ice Cover For The First Time On Record

    Lake Ontario is the only major holdout, and the forecast there is for extreme cold during the next two weeks. (more images and comments at the link)

    02/14/2014 10:49:17 AM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | JOHN FLESHER
    From the bridge of the Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw, northern Lake Huron looks like a vast, snow-covered field dotted with ice slabs as big as boulders - a battleground for the icebreaker's 58-member crew during one of the roughest winters in memory... As of Thursday, ice cover extended across 88 percent,... At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, the rock-solid cover has allowed around 35,000 visitors to trudge miles over Lake Superior to explore caves featuring dazzling ice formations. It's the first time in five years the lake surface has been firm enough to allow passage.... Coast Guard icebreaker teams,...
  • Ice Expert Predicts Lake Superior Will Completely Freeze Over This Winter

    02/12/2014 11:26:53 AM PST · by Ragnar54 · 46 replies ^ | 2/11/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( Lake Superior hasnt completely frozen over in two decades. But an expert on Great Lakes ice says theres a very high likelihood that the three-quadrillion-gallon lake will soon be totally covered with ice thanks to this winters record-breaking cold. The ice cover on the largest freshwater lake in the world hit a 20-year record of 91 percent on Feb. 5, 1994. ...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show, Mon-Fri, 12noon-3pm EST, WABC-AM, Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

    12/17/2013 8:36:39 AM PST · by carriage_hill · 71 replies
    The EIB Network ^ | 12/17/2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now!
  • American companies selling off nations water supplies with blessing of Obama Regime

    12/09/2013 8:49:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 44 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/9/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Shocking statistics surfacing about record busting, low water levels in Americas Great Lakes make no mention of the sale of fresh water supplies by private companies to China, or of President Obamas executive order and the legal loophole which is allowing these sales. Two of the Great Lakes have hit their lowest water levels EVER RECORDED the US Army Corps of Engineers reported early this year. (1) Corps measurements taken in January of 2013 show Lake Huron and Lake Michigan have reached their lowest ebb since record keeping began in 1918. The chief watershed hydrology expert warns Americans, Were in...
  • 38th Anniversary Of The Sinking Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

    11/10/2013 5:29:09 PM PST · by LukeL · 53 replies
    Fox 17 West Michigan ^ | 11/10/2013 | Chris Poturalski
    LAKE SUPERIOR- November 10th marks the day that the S. S. Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Lake Superior in 1975 with 29 souls on board.
  • Coal Fired Side Wheel Aircraft Carriers during WWII

    08/27/2013 11:34:57 AM PDT · by donmeaker · 45 replies
    This idea was brought to my attention the other day and thought it a great choice for a thread. Most of us who are US Navy fans can certainly recall the Navy's efforts to train their pilots on the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan) in the early 40's during the war. This thread may give you a nice idea of what that exersize was all about. Many interesting images to study here and quite possibly of interest to those who are involved with the restoration of aircraft that have been recovered from the Lakes. I have also included a page from...
  • Shipwreck lost 100 years discovered nearly completely intact in depths of Lake Superior

    06/20/2013 4:19:14 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    nydailynews ^ | June 10, 2013 | AP
    Almost 100 years after the Henry B. Smith freighter went down during a November storm in Lake Superior, a group of shipwreck hunters thinks it has found the ship - and much of it is largely intact. The group found the wreck last month in about 535 feet of water off the shore of Marquette, Mich., according to the Duluth News Tribune. The group says it hasn't seen the name of the ship on the wreck yet, but all signs indicate it's the Smith, sitting amid a spilled load of iron ore. "It's the most satisfying find of my shipwreck-hunting...
  • Barack Obama's war on America's fresh water supply: China is buying up Lake Michigan!

    09/07/2012 9:12:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 88 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/7/2012 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Barack Obama is keeping his promise to lower the sea levels, and hes starting with the drought plagued Midwest where Lake Michigan water is being shipped by the boat loads over to China! By using a little known loophole in the 2006 Great Lakes Compact, Obama minions are allowing Nestle Company to export precious fresh water out of Lake Michigan to the tune of an estimated $500,000 million to $1.8 million per day profit. By draining the precious jewel of the Great Lakes in the middle of America, our federal water managers are allowing the export of our water out...
  • Vowel Movement: How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English

    08/24/2012 2:10:57 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 126 replies
    Slate ^ | August 22, 2012 | Rob Mifsud
    On July 4, 1960, the Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard rang in Independence Day with a dire Associated Press report by one Norma Gauhn headlined American Dialects Disappearing. The problem, according to speech experts, was the homogenizing effect of mass communications, compulsory education, [and] the mobility of restless Americans. These conformist pressures have only intensified in the half-century since the AP warned that within four generations virtually all regional U.S. speech differences will be gone. And so as we enter the predicted twilight of regional American English, its no surprise that publications as venerable as the Economist now confirm what our collective...
  • Lampreys from Great Lakes Destined for Queen's Pie (Britain's Queen Elizabeth II)

    04/28/2012 3:38:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | April 27, 2012 | AP
    Lampreys from Great Lakes destined for queen's pie DETROIT A few unwanted, invasive sea lampreys from the Great Lakes have been shipped to England for use in a traditional pie for Queen Elizabeth II. The Detroit Free Press reports ( the City of Gloucester, which has given the pie as a gift to the monarch since the Middle Ages, requested the eel-like creatures from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission because they're a protected species in England. The pie is for June's Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the queen's ascent to the throne. Commission spokesman Marc Gaden shipped 2...
  • Wind farm partnership has Evanston officials hopeful

    03/31/2012 11:30:41 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 17 replies
    Evanston officials hope that a partnership announced today among five Great Lakes states and several federal agencies could clear the murky regulatory waters that have made efforts to develop offshore wind farms on the Great Lakes difficult. Evanston began looking at such a project two years ago. I think its terrific news, because I was told when I first started exploring wind turbines in the lake that no one would put them in the lake because there were no rules governing how to do it, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl said. So Im delighted that five states made this pact and...
  • Canadian Miner - Holed and Breaking Up.

    10/08/2011 8:37:26 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 22 replies
    Various including ^ | October 7th, 2011 | Various
    Canadian Miner Update - Holed and Breaking Up The Canadian Miner was struck by a storm where 40 foot waves broke over the grounded vessel near Scaterie Island. Reports state the vessel has a 50 foot hole on the side of the vessel near the stern and the hull has cracked in several places. The storm winds reached gusts up to 131 kilometers per hour. Waves have pushed the Canadian Miner closer to shore with the bow of the vessel now resting on the beach. Luckily, salvagers were able remove 6,000 liters of engine oil and diesel fuel before the...
  • Report says climate change harming Great Lakes parks (WTF?)

    07/14/2011 7:35:57 AM PDT · by Thebaddog · 54 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/14/11 | AP
    Some of the Great Lakes' treasured national parks are showing ill effects of climate change that are likely to worsen in coming decades, from shoreline erosion to decline of certain wildlife and plant species, a former park system administrator said Wednesday. Without changes in public policies and personal habits that pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the parks could lose qualities that attract visitors and support unique ecosystems, Stephen Saunders, former deputy assistant secretary of the Interior Department, said in a report released by two advocacy groups. "Human disruption of the climate is the greatest threat ever to America's national...
  • Lawmakers outlaw importing Asian carp to the United States to protect Great Lakes

    12/02/2010 6:38:04 AM PST · by Skeez · 19 replies · 2+ views ^ | December 01, 2010, 5:27 PM | Sabrina Eaton, The Plain Dealer
    WASHINGTON, D.C. --The U.S. House of Representatives adopted a bill Wednesday that makes it a criminal offense to import voracious Asian carp into the United States. The giant carp, which can weigh as much as 100 lbs., were legally imported to fish farms along the Mississippi River during the 1970s, but escaped during floods and spread north into Illinois. They consume vast amounts of food and could destroy Great Lakes fisheries if they evade barriers around Chicago that were designed to block them from entering the lakes. Share Tweet 12 Comments The bill passed the House by voice vote after...
  • US Senate OKs bill against Asian carp

    11/18/2010 5:48:22 AM PST · by facedodge · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 11/18/2010 | Associated Press
    DETROIT The U.S. Senate has approved legislation that sponsors say aims to fight the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. Author Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., says the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act adds the bighead carp species of Asian carp to a list of injurious species. That prohibits the species from being imported or shipped in the U.S. Levin and Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, introduced the bill in July 2009. The Senate passed it Wednesday. A companion House bill that Rep. Judy Biggert, R-Ill., introduced is pending in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and...
  • WRECK OF EDMUND FITZGERALD: Remembering a maritime disaster

    11/09/2010 10:33:44 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 39 replies ^ | 10/09/2010 | John Myers
    WRECK OF EDMUND FITZGERALD: Remembering a maritime disaster After 35 years, wreck of the Fitz still intrigues Maybe its because no one knows for sure exactly what happened. Maybe its because so many lives were lost in an instant. Or maybe its because of the song. It was 35 years ago tonight when the Great Lakes freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. A generation has passed. Memories fade. But interest in the Fitz is still keen. DULUTH Maybe its because no one knows for sure exactly what happened. Maybe its because so many lives were lost in an...
  • Shipping traffic nearing pre-recession levels (Great Lakes)

    10/26/2010 3:36:20 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 25 replies
    Shipping traffic nearing pre-recession levels (Great Lakes) 10/26 - Superior, Wis. - A significant increase in demand for raw materials in the Great Lakes so far this year is being hailed as a strong indicator of a recovering economy. Increases in grain shipments combined with more demand for iron ore and coal from last year is nudging Great Lakes shipping closer to levels before the recession began two years ago. St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Administrator Terry Johnson in Washington says overall demand for Great Lakes commodities is up 20 percent from last year. Despite the increase, overall shipping in...
  • Storm may beat 1975 gale that doomed Edmund Fitzgerald

    10/26/2010 2:43:27 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 31 replies · 2+ views ^ | 10/26/2010 | NA
    Storm may beat 1975 gale that doomed Edmund Fitzgerald 10/26 - Chicago, Ill. - A storm stronger than the one that sank the freighter Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975 is expected to slash across the Midwest tomorrow whipping waves as high as 27 feet. A line of severe thunderstorms driving wind gusts of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour will arrive in Chicago before 10 a.m., said Andrew Krein, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Romeoville, Illinois. The storm will be a cyclone, with projected central pressure, a measure of its strength, forecast to be 28.35 inches. That would make it...
  • Grant for converting Badger from coal to diesel rejected by federal government

    10/22/2010 2:01:02 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 18 replies
    Boatnerd ^ | 10/22/2010 | NA
    Grant for converting Badger from coal to diesel rejected by federal government 10/22 - Ludington, Mich. - A federal transportation grant application by the city of Ludington to convert the S.S. Badger cross-lake ferry from coal to diesel power was unsuccessful, officials announced Wednesday. Ludingtons $14 million request for special federal stimulus money for new engines for the Lake Michigan Carferry operation was not among the 42 projects funded nationwide. The citys request to provide new diesel engines for the historic coal-powered steamship was among nearly 1,000 grant applications totaling $19 billion. The U.S. Department of Transportation had only $600...
  • Destruction of Giant Algae Doughnut Threatens Lake Michigan (Quagga mussels eating phytoplankton)

    09/08/2010 11:17:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies ^ | 9/8/10 | Andrea Leontiou
    An invasive species of mussel called quagga has recently begun eating its way through the phytoplankton population of Lake Michigan, which could have dire effects on the lake's ecosystem, scientists now warn. A giant ring of phytoplankton (microscopic plants such as algae) was discovered in Lake Michigan in 1998 by Michigan Technological Universitybiologist W. Charles Kerfoot and his research team. The "phytoplankton doughnut" is formed when winter storms kick up nutrient-rich sediment along the southeastern shore of the lake. The disturbed sediments begin circulating in a slow-moving circle with the lake's currents, which provides a massive supply of food for...
  • Hate Crime Arraignment Follows Alleged Harassment

    08/31/2010 7:45:34 AM PDT · by Sammy67 · 4 replies ^ | 8/31/10
    Waterport/Carlton, NY - A group of worshippers at a mosque in Waterport say they've been targets of violence over the last several days. They gave statements to authorities Tuesday morning. Now, the Orleans County Sheriffs Office confirms that at least one person will be arraigned in the Town of Colton for a hate crime -- disrupting a religious service, and shooting a gun. According to Jacob Zimmerman, member of the World Sufi Foundation,
  • Executive Order--Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes

    07/24/2010 4:21:36 AM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies ^ | July 19, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 19, 2010 Executive Order--Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes provide jobs, food, energy resources, ecological services, recreation, and tourism opportunities, and play critical roles in our Nation's transportation, economy, and trade, as well as the global mobility of our...
  • Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

    06/24/2010 4:59:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2010 | Serena Dai and John Flesher
    An Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, state and federal officials said Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
  • The Great Lakes' water Liquid gold

    05/26/2010 4:39:41 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 16 replies · 705+ views
    The Economist ^ | May 20th 2010 | The Economist
    <p>FOR decades the Great Lakes region has seen a slow ebb. Factories have moved abroad or, more insulting, to the South. Residents have fled to sunnier states. But the lakes themselves remain; and while much of America is regularly afflicted by drought, they hold enough water to submerge the entire country. Now the Great Lakes states are reconsidering their main asset. Water, the boosters say, will bring prosperity once more.</p>
  • EPA plans to spend $2.2 billion on Great Lakes

    02/21/2010 5:30:20 AM PST · by Thebaddog · 35 replies · 684+ views
    Chicago Breaking News ^ | 2.20.10 | Jim Tankersley
    <p>The Environmental Protection Agency will spend $2.2 billion over five years on the Great Lakes to clean up polluted water and beaches, restore wetlands and fight invasive species such as Asian carp in a revitalization effort to be detailed Sunday.</p>
  • Lake Erie now frozen over

    02/15/2010 8:01:03 PM PST · by justa-hairyape · 107 replies · 3,535+ views ^ | February 13. 2010 1:16AM | By JOHN GUERRIERO
    241-mile stretch all ice for 1st time since 1995-96 Take a picture of Lake Erie now, and you'll get a freeze frame. For the first time in 14 years, the 241-mile-long lake is virtually frozen over from one end to the other. Earlier this week, the Erie Times-News reported that the lake was 90 to 95 percent frozen. The relentless cold completed the job. Gary Garnet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cleveland, said Friday that the lake is completely frozen over, for all intents and purposes. He qualified that by saying satellite images show a small patch off Dunkirk,...
  • Asian Carp Summit Could Be Held in Early February

    01/22/2010 9:30:15 AM PST · by Western Phil · 27 replies · 604+ views
    ABC News ^ | 21 Jan 2010 | Kathy Banks Hoffmann
    The White House said Wednesday it wants to hold a meeting in early February with Great Lakes governors concerned about Asian carp invading the lakes. The Democratic governors of Michigan and Wisconsin requested the summit Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Michigan's request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily shut the shipping locks near Chicago and work out a way to stop the carp. (Snip)
  • Giant, leaping Asian carp threaten US Great Lakes

    01/19/2010 5:31:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,010+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/10 | Mira Oberman
    CHICAGO (AFP) Huge Asian carp, which act like "aquatic vacuum cleaners" and leap into the air when spooked by motorboats, may have invaded the US Great Lakes despite a massive effort to block them, officials said Tuesday. Researchers analyzing water samples have discovered fragments of Asian carp DNA in Lake Michigan, although there is still no evidence that that fast-breeding fish have breached electric barriers set up along Chicago-area waterways. "Clearly this is not good news," said Major General John Peabody, commanding general of the US Army Corps of Engineers' Great Lakes and Ohio River division. The Corps is...