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  • 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 · 59 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
    AP ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | JOHN FLESHER AND CHARLES D. WILSON
    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 hasn’t 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)
  • GREAT LAKES BECOME NEARLY COVERED WITH ICE

    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
    cnsnews.com ^ | 2/11/14 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) – Lake Superior hasn’t completely frozen over in two decades. But an expert on Great Lakes ice says there’s a “very high likelihood” that the three-quadrillion-gallon lake will soon be totally covered with ice thanks to this winter’s 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
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  • American companies selling off nation’s 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 America’s Great Lakes make no mention of the sale of fresh water supplies by private companies to China, or of President Obama’s 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, “We’re 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 he’s 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, it’s 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 (http://on.freep.com/IdmZkP) 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 it’s 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 I’m 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 http://boatnerd.com/ ^ | 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
    Cleveland.com ^ | 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
    grandforksherald.com ^ | 10/09/2010 | John Myers
    WRECK OF EDMUND FITZGERALD: Remembering a maritime disaster After 35 years, wreck of the Fitz still intrigues Maybe it’s because no one knows for sure exactly what happened. Maybe it’s because so many lives were lost in an instant. Or maybe it’s 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 it’s because no one knows for sure exactly what happened. Maybe it’s 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
    boatnerd.com ^ | 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. Ludington’s $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 city’s 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
    LiveScience.com ^ | 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
    13Wham.com ^ | 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 Sheriff’s 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
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | July 19, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-stewardship-ocean-our-coasts-and-great-lakes 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
    GoErie.com ^ | 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...
  • Poison planned to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes

    12/02/2009 10:26:17 AM PST · by Scythian · 36 replies · 1,360+ views
    CHICAGO – Illinois environmental officials will dump a toxic chemical into a nearly 6-mile stretch of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Wednesday to keep the voracious Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes while an electrical barrier is turned off for maintenance. The fish, which can grow to 4 feet long and 100 pounds and are known to leap from the water at the sound of passing motors, have been found within a few miles of Lake Michigan and there is evidence they might have breached the barrier, designed to repel them with a non-lethal jolt. Environmentalists fear the...
  • Cleaning up Great Lakes gets new attention

    07/18/2009 5:19:55 AM PDT · by metmom · 30 replies · 831+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | Fri., July 17, 2009 | Associated Press
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Federal officials are preparing for a series of public meetings to discuss President Barack Obama's initiative to restore the Great Lakes, an ecosystem battered by invasive species, toxic pollution and other problems. Beginning Tuesday in Milwaukee, the Environmental Protection Agency will describe the initiative and take public comment in eight cities across the region. "The president has made restoring the Great Lakes a national priority, so this is an opportunity to explain that commitment," said Cameron Davis, senior adviser to EPA chief Lisa Jackson.
  • Obama picks Evanston man for post of Great Lakes 'czar'

    06/23/2009 5:10:03 PM PDT · by pissant · 19 replies · 598+ views
    Evanston review ^ | 6/23/09 | Bob Seidenberg
    Evanston resident Cameron Davis occasionally hears from friends who suggest they take a canoe trip across Lake Michigan. "OK, have fun with that," replies Davis, realizing the enormity of the venture. Davis said the size of the Great Lakes -- together they total 94,710 square miles of surface area, larger than the size of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined -- works against them in a way. "Because they look so big we perceive them to be able to handle anything we throw at them," he said, "so I think their size belies...
  • SUBJECT: NATIONAL POLICY FOR THE OCEANS, OUR COASTS, AND THE GREAT LAKES

    06/12/2009 6:14:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 19 replies · 566+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.GOV ^ | June 12, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following post is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________ For Immediate Release June 12, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: NATIONAL POLICY FOR THE OCEANS, OUR COASTS, AND THE GREAT LAKES The oceans, 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 Armed Forces and the maintenance of international peace and security. We have a stewardship responsibility to...
  • Archeological evidence of human activity found beneath Lake Huron

    06/08/2009 2:21:10 PM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies · 1,218+ views
    University of Michigan ^ | Jun 8, 2009 | Unknown
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.---More than 100 feet deep in Lake Huron, on a wide stoney ridge that 9,000 years ago was a land bridge, University of Michigan researchers have found the first archeological evidence of human activity preserved beneath the Great Lakes. The researchers located what they believe to be caribou-hunting structures and camps used by the early hunters of the period. "This is the first time we've identified structures like these on the lake bottom," said John O'Shea, curator of Great Lakes Archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology and professor in the Department of Anthropology. "Scientifically, it's important because the...
  • Obama appoints czar for Great Lakes clean up

    06/04/2009 8:26:08 AM PDT · by smartyaz · 64 replies · 1,422+ views
    AP ^ | June 4th, 2009
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama has appointed a Great Lakes czar to oversee the administration's initiative to restore the Lakes' environment. Cameron Davis, president of the Chicago-based environmentalist group Alliance for the Great Lakes, will head the effort. The alliance announced the appointment Wednesday. The restoration program is expected to cost more than $20 billion.
  • Water levels on Lake Michigan, Huron a foot higher than last year

    05/18/2009 7:41:36 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 15 replies · 758+ views
    The Bay City Times ^ | Monday May 18, 2009, 12:00 PM | The Bay City Times
    Lakes Michigan and Huron have risen 12 inches compared to this time last year. The lakes, which are connected by the Straits of Mackinac, also are 7 inches higher than a month ago, on April 15, according to the latest forecast from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Michigan-Huron is projected to rise 3 more inches during the next month, along with Lake Superior, government data shows. The higher water levels are attributed to a storm system that brought showers and thunderstorms to much of the Great Lakes basin on Wednesday and Thursday. Lakes Michigan and Huron are forecast to...
  • Scientists: Less ice on Great Lakes during winter

    03/23/2009 4:19:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,296+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/09 | AP
    CLEVELAND – Ice cover on the Great Lakes has declined more than 30 percent since the 1970s, leaving the world's largest system of freshwater lakes open to evaporation and lower water levels, according to scientists associated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. They're concerned about how the milder winter freeze may affect the environment. But they're also trying to come to terms with a contradiction — the same climate factors that might keep lake ice from freezing might make freezing more likely if lake levels drop due to evaporation. Scientists at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann...
  • U.S. Citizens Question Terror Watch Lists (CAIR & ACLU Battles Border Security)

    12/11/2008 12:22:21 PM PST · by Rustyford · 12 replies · 719+ views
    CbsNews ^ | 12/8/08
    Toledo, Ohio native Zak Reed is tired of being stopped and detained at the Canadian border every time he tries to drive home. "I don't feel very welcome in my home at all," Reed tells CBS News. "In fact, I feel like I am not wanted in my country any more." Last month, for the ninth time in the past year, Reed was held in custody during a routine border crossing across Detroit's Ambassador Bridge, en route to Toledo, about an hour from there. The procedure has become a familiar drill for Reed. "They swipe the passport, they double take...
  • Drone lands in ND in preparation for border patrol (Predator B deploys for Northern border duty)

    12/08/2008 1:14:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,169+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/8/08 | Dave Kolpack - ap
    FARGO, N.D. – After two failed tries, an unmanned aircraft expected to be the first to patrol the northern U.S. border completed a flight from Arizona to North Dakota. U.S Customs and Border Protection officials said the Predator B drone touched down Saturday at the Grand Forks Air Force Base after a six-hour flight from Libby Army Airfield in Sierra Vista, Ariz.
  • Bush signs Great Lakes pact into law

    10/11/2008 4:41:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies · 694+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | Tom Henry
    President Bush yesterday followed through on his pledge to sign the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact into law. The legislation recognizes the eight Great Lakes states as a regional water compact for managing withdrawals from the world's largest source of fresh surface water. Large-scale diversions or bulk exports of Great Lakes water will be forbidden without approval from a regional water council the states are expected to form. Proposed by Great Lakes governors at the end of 2005, the compact previously was ratified by each of the states and both chambers of Congress. A companion agreement in...
  • McCain hopes to turn the tide in Great Lakes Area

    08/21/2008 5:45:06 AM PDT · by no dems · 8 replies · 137+ views
    Yahoo News / AP ^ | August 22, 2008 | Liz Sidoti / Brian Bakst
    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Democratic dominance in presidential elections has been the norm for decades throughout much of the country's union-strong industrial Great Lakes region. The GOP presidential candidate is mounting strong challenges to Democratic rival Barack Obama in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and eyeing Minnesota — four states that have thwarted Republicans in at least four straight elections. The Arizona senator is also fighting to hang on to Ohio, a bellwether that President Bush won twice. They are home to large numbers of blue-collar whites, whom Obama has struggled to win over; senior citizens, who polls show tilt toward...
  • Senate approves Great Lakes compact

    Washington (AP) — The Senate voted Friday to ratify a compact to prevent the diversion of water from the Great Lakes, quickly approving legislation sought by the region's governors worried that thirsty places would covet one of the world's largest sources of fresh water.
  • Great Lakes drilling an idea to be delved

    06/22/2008 8:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 87+ views
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2008 | Dennis Byrne
    It's easy enough for us flatlanders to favor offshore drilling to increase oil supplies and bring down gasoline prices. But what if the "offshore" we're talking about is drilling in Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes? Picture drilling rigs in the lake within sight of Chicago and North Shore towns. Imagine oil spills and near-dead, crude-oil-soaked birds flopping about on Oak Street Beach. Imagine the disappearance of smelt and salmon. Imagine poisoned water supplies. Imagine the end of the world. Well, at least that's the kind of exaggerated rhetoric we'll hear from the East, West and Gulf Coasts in...