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Newsletter - Friday 2/22/2013


Dredges planned due to low Lake Michigan

Record low levels on Lake Michigan have left waterfront communities in the region and throughout the Great Lakes scrambling to save their summer boating seasons.

In New Buffalo, for example, an emergency dredge on a roughly 1,000-foot stretch of the Galien River is planned in the spring from the Whittaker Street bridge to the city's public boat launch.

Bob Stratton, owner of Service 1 Marine near New Buffalo, said the water is shallow enough to cause concern whether or not large boats will get into their slips without running aground.  more...

Schooner SULTANA seeks Chief Mate

Posted By Tanya Banks-Christensen on 2/8/2013 12:00:00 AM   |  Last Edited By NAAEE Staff on 2/15/2013 3:01:26 PM

The schooner SULTANA is currently seeking a Chief Mate for its 2013 sailing season. Employment for this position begins in late February and can continue through late December.  During the 2013 season, SULTANA will travel the full length of the Chesapeake Bay, visiting numerous ports in both Maryland and Virginia.  SULTANA will work with over 4,500 students and teachers doing educational day sails as well as week long live aboard programs.    more

Community eyes alternative dredging means

Last week’s news that the Saugatuck-Douglas harbor was not among 49 named by the State Waterways Commission to split $21 million in grants for emergency dredging went over here like the silt that flow in from upstream yearly.

The state funds were designated for harbors of refuge and recreational harbors that offer municipal marinas or state facilities, Michigan Department of Natural Resources programs and grants unit manager Bill Boik told The Commercial Record Feb. 10. Kalamazoo Lake marinas are all private.  more...

Mitchell’s Bay channel dredged

There might be a slight glimmer of hope for pleasure boaters on Lake St. Clair, which is near its all-time low.

The water level of Lake St. Clair is forecast to increase three inches over the next month.

The latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report also states Lake Erie will rise two inches while Lake Ontario will rise an additional inch.

However, Lakes St. Clair, Erie and Ontario are 18, 20 and 18 inches, respectively, lower than their levels a year ago.

The water level of Lake Superior is two inches higher than one year ago while Lakes Michigan and Huron are 13 inches lower.  more...

Perch gone wild: Can drugs prompt a Great Lakes feeding frenzy?

Could mood-altering drugs force Great Lakes fish into a feeding frenzy?

A new study from Sweden’s Umeċ University finds that fish eat faster and become bolder when exposed to a common anti-anxiety drug. That poses serious questions for the Great Lakes, where the presence of pharmaceuticals has been documented.  more...

Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail: Feds' $100,000 Grant Will Extend Michigan Lakeshore By 5 Miles

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Sleeping Bear Dunes is already heralded as America's most beautiful scenic overlook.

A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation will help extend that beauty.

Departing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday that the Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail will be extended by five miles, connecting the town of Glen Arbor north to the Port Oneida Rural Historic District.  more...

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