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Lake St. Clair to get cleanup

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A couple of Republican lawmakers managed to squeeze $2.5 million into a state spending bill for next year to help clean up Lake St. Clair.

The money won't be enough to rid canals of PCBs or to guarantee that the lake's six Macomb County beaches remain open this summer.   more...

 



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New invasive fish found in Presque Isle Bay

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What began as a routine sampling for brown bullhead in Presque Isle's lagoons Tuesday by biologists Bob Wellington and Jim Grazio became a stunning discovery of two brightly colored fish neither had seen before.

They found another on Thursday, and by then they were better prepared to confirm the identity of what is a new-found invasive species for Pennsylvania's Lake Erie waters.  more...

 

 




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Toronto reeling as visitors stay away

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Canada's largest city staggered Thursday under a health alert warning people to stay away because of the SARS outbreak, leaving shops mostly empty, more conventions canceled and growing fear of long-term economic damage.

"Fortress Toronto" and "Boo WHO" read banner headlines on local newspapers, as the mayor and other officials made high-profile public appearances to dispel what they considered misguided perceptions about the city, the sixth-largest in North America and the financial capital of Canada.  more...



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Columnist Al Brockman takes his weekly look at the boating world on Lake St. Clair.

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District 25 of the Blue Gavel organization is made up of past commodores of the area boat and yacht clubs. The Goals 2000 program started by past president Jim Barnum, now district director, has been the most successful humanitarian fund raiser for the entire International order. The Blue Gavel was formed to do this important work and as you can see, has been a driving force in the order.  more..


 



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Canada unveils bridge upgrade

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Canada will spend $110 million (Canadian) to improve safety and traffic efficiency at the Blue Water Bridge and Highway 402, the primary Ontario traffic artery to and from the border crossing.

The funding announcement was made Wednesday by federal and provincial officials. Ontario and the Blue Water Bridge Auth-ority are expected to announce another multi-million-dollar improvement plan in June.   more...

 



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Low water, rising problems

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The waters of Lake Michigan are low — very low. And the problems low water creates for people take some surprising forms. Just ask Stephen Maes, whose house on Nicolet Drive is a lot farther from the bay of Green Bay than it was in 1984, when he moved in.

Maes recently had a nasty confrontation with an all-terrain vehicle driver who thought the mud flat exposed by the shrunken bay waters between the water and his back yard was a good place to ride.  more...

 



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Beach deal surfaces

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Waterfront homeowners have more leeway to maintain their beaches under new initiatives released Monday by federal and state officials. But the changes don't go far enough, say a state senator and the president of a property-owner's group.

In an interview with The Times, Lt. Col. Thomas H. Magness of the U.S. Corps of Engineers announced initiatives that he said strike a healthy balance between preservation of emerging wetlands and the rights of waterfront property owners.  more...

 



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Billions sought to expand St. Lawrence Seaway

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U.S. and Canadian officials are considering whether to spend tens of billions of dollars to open the Great Lakes to oceangoing ships and the international commerce they could bring.

About 100 million people live in the Great Lakes basin.

Backers say the expense would be worthwhile because of the economic growth that would be generated by expanding the 44-year-old, 3,700-kilometre Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway system. more...

 



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Strange Substance on Livonia Lake Being Tested

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What could be found as diesel fuel has been polluting Lake Newburg in Livonia.

A local company has been hired to clean up the area using...

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Sheriff Department Prepares Patrols For Summer Lake Safety

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Due to the closeness of the international border, Macomb County Sheriff's deputies expect to be very busy this summer.

In the face of the new homeland security issues and their regular patrols, Sheriff Mark Hackel says things could get hectic over the next few months.

Lt. Gary Paolella explained that the marine division, located on South River Road in Harrison Township, operates from September to May with five officers but that fleet is bumped up to nine for the summer months.

With National Safe Boating Week beginning this week, Hackel said this was the perfect time to unveil summer police presence plans.  more...

 



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Flooding closes U.P. power plant

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A 616-megawatt Wisconsin Energy Corp. power plant in Michigan's Upper Peninsula was shut down after flooding last week, and full power production there may not be restored for months, the utility said Monday.The flooding triggered a plea by the company for customers in Upper Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin to cut their energy consumption.  more...

 



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Seaway plan pits jobs vs. ecology

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ImageA proposal to expand the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system would bring bigger ships to ports such as this one in Windsor, where the Victoriaborg refuels.

Tom Arlington hopes to retire from his auto industry job in a few years and turn his charter fishing sideline into a full-time business on lakes St. Clair and Erie.

As Arlington ponders retirement, American and Canadian officials are studying whether to open Arlington's fishing haunts to more massive, ocean-going ships -- or finally sink the shipping industry's longtime dream of thriving, international commerce in the Great Lakes.   more...

 



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Photography exhibit on Lake Superior lava metamorphoses

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Lenka Holubec's photographs illustrate lava formations along the North Shore of Lake Superior as remarkable manifestations of nature's creative powers. The Canadian Shield along the northern edge of Lake Superior, where the images have originated, represents some of the oldest exposed rock formations in the world, formed approximately 3 billion years ago. The exhibit runs through June 1, 2003, at the Civic Garden Centre at Edwards Gardens in Toronto.   more...

 



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Dams Break, 1,700 Are Evacuated in Mich.

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Two dam breaks sent water surging downriver toward the largest town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and more than 1,700 people were ordered to leave their homes Thursday..

Channel 7 Detroit reports on the deluge...



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River cleanup no repeat of the blob

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News Dow Chemical Canada Inc. has begun vacuuming contaminated sediment from the bottom of the St. Clair River in Sarnia can't help but revive memories of the blob.

The blob was huge news in 1985, garnering unwanted international headlines for Sarnia and Chemical Valley.

The story was the kind the media find impossible to pass up. more...



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