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Newsletter - Monday June 3, 2013

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Quick fixes not answer to lake level

As lake levels go down, the pressure on government to “do something” goes up.

That’s a predictable response, and it’s also a bit frightening. “First, do no harm” may be a guiding principle in emergency medicine, but it has yet to catch on with the political class.

At the moment, the favored option of the “do-something” crowd is a proposal to spend more than $200 million to install inflatable weirs and sluice gates on the St. Clair River. If these were to work as intended, they would gradually raise the Huron-Michigan pool by five to 10 inches.  more...


Emergency dredging helps

Emergency dredging projects should salvage the boating season for many of Michigan's public harbors, but this summer could still prove frustrating for those who use and operate certain marinas.

Record-low lake levels have plagued harbors throughout the Great Lakes as well as inland waterways, prompting state lawmakers to approve about $21 million for emergency dredging projects at 58 public harbors and marinas this year.  more...



Coast Guard warns of flood-related debris in Michigan

Boaters should be on the lookout for large trees, logs and other debris let loose into Michigan waterways in part by spring flooding, the U.S. Coast Guard has warned.

Debris is of concern in the Grand River, which empties into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, as well as other waterways, MLive.com reported. Boaters in the Grand Haven and Holland areas are among those being urged to use caution.  more...



Expert, Coast Guard urge caution after trees, other debris spotted near Lake Michigan

boat-grand-haven-file.JPGWe're back with Vol. 2, Ep. 2 of our weekly summer Boat Talk column, and this week, we beg our lake-faring readers to be on the lookout for potentially hull-piercing debris reportedly showing up in West Michigan waterways.

Historic flooding in April led to troublesome buildup in the Holland and Grand Haven channels that feed Lake Michigan, with picnic tables, Dumpsters and even whole trees floating through like it was nobody's business.  more...



Fednav adding six new ships to fleet

Fednav Ltd., Canada’s leading international maritime bulk carrier, is adding six new 34,000-tonne vessels to its fleet. They will operate in the St. Lawrence Seaway region and be equipped for ice navigation.

The six vessels will be built in Japan by the Oshima Shipyard and will have much improved environmental performance over six other Oshima-built vessels delivered to Fednav a decade ago. They will consume 28 per cent less fuel and produce 28 per cent fewer emissions. The engines will emit 33 per cent less nitrogen oxide.   more...



Mr. Great Lakes: Surveying fish, picking beach litter and mapping Phragmites with satellites

This week Kart discusses fish research on Lake Huron, cleaning up beaches and using satellite data to map phragmites.  more...





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