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Newsletter - Monday 6/10/2013

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This summer, travel on La Route bleue

Short Hops: This summer, travel on La Route bleueItís a fact of life in Quebec that you canít venture out very far from home without having to cross a bridge or take a car ferry.

As Montrealers, we know about the bridges; there are 28 bridges and tunnels leading out from the island of Montreal. But downstream from Montreal, as the St. Lawrence River gets progressively wider, car ferries are the critical transport links for area residents. For tourists, they offer an opportunity for inexpensive and interesting boat travel. more...



Retired geologist says Lake Superior is the solution

During Metroland Media Groupís investigation into the crisis on Georgian Bay, one name came kept coming up. Lifelong Port McNicoll resident and retired geologist, geochemist and engineer, James McCannell is described as an expert on the issue.
Instead of looking south to the St. Clair River to solve low water levels in the Great Lakes, the 97-year-old man turns north to Lake Superior to make his case. more...


Michigan bill blocks lake farms

A handful of Michigan lawmakers have proposed legislation to block offshore wind projects in Lake Michigan.

House Bill 4778 would prevent the state from entering into a lease or deed to site and build any offshore wind research structures or any wind turbines on submerged lands.

It also blocks leasing of sub-lake land for transmission lines.

Two northern Michigan representatives, Ray Franz and Greg MacMaster, co-sponsored the legislation. Four other legislators signed their names to the proposal.  more...



Legislators seek offshore wind power restrictions

Two northern Michigan legislators are pursuing significant restrictions on offshore wind power in Michigan and have drawn criticism from those who view wind energy generation as a source for new jobs on the stateís horizon.

Reps. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, and Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, co-sponsored House Bill No. 4778 this week. The bill would prevent Michigan from entering into a lease or deed for the siting, placement or construction of a wind turbine on Michiganís unpatented or submerged lands. The legislation also would prevent leasing similar lands for an electric transmission line ó a critical component for offshore wind projects in the Great Lakes.  more...



Michigan bill blocks lake farms

A handful of Michigan lawmakers have proposed legislation to block offshore wind projects in Lake Michigan.

House Bill 4778 would prevent the state from entering into a lease or deed to site and build any offshore wind research structures or any wind turbines on submerged lands.

It also blocks leasing of sub-lake land for transmission lines.

Two northern Michigan representatives, Ray Franz and Greg MacMaster, co-sponsored the legislation. Four other legislators signed their names to the proposal.  more...



Should Lake Superior wolves be saved?

Wildlife quandary: Should Lake Superior wolves be saved?On an island in Lake Superior, biologists are wondering whether to save some very special wolves from extinction by inbreeding, or let nature take its course.

Behind this is the bigger question: What's really natural, anyway?

The wolves are on Isle Royale, a huge island off Thunder Bay, Ont. Because of a twist in the international boundary, it's in U.S. waters, though closer to Canada's mainland.

Canadian animals have colonized it twice. In the early 1900s, moose swam over from the mainland and thrived.  more...



New Great Lakes Seaway Trail Magazine Includes Local Tips

The 2013 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Travel Magazine is out and publishers say packed with ideas for exploring the 518-mile National Scenic Byway that hugs the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania.

The leisure driving and boating route spans five distinct areas along the coastline: the Erie Bayfront and Presque Isle in Pennsylvania, the Western NY Lake Erie metropolitan hub of Buffalo-Niagara Falls, the expansive Lake Ontario shoreline and its centerpiece at Rochester, the recreation-rich Eastern Lake Ontario waterfront, and the international 1000 Islands-St. Lawrence Seaway. more...


State turns over lakefront parks to Cleveland

The state of Ohio is officially turning over a string of Lake Erie parks to the city of Cleveland.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sihk) is joining Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other officials Thursday to sign documents that will seal the transfer of the waterfront recreational areas.  more...






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