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Presque Isle Bay no longer Area of Concern

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A healthier Presque Isle Bay is no longer an Area of Concern.

The delisting notification came from the U.S. Department of State, which has the final say on delisting the bay.

"I am pleased to be able to inform you that the United States government and the government of Canada have agreed to remove Presque Isle Bay's designation as an Area of Concern (AOC) under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement,'' said Matthew M. Rooney, an official with the Department of State in a letter to the International Joint Commission.  more...



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Lack of precipitation is not the cause of low water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron

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If you've been to the water's edge on Lake Michigan or Lake Huron recently, you are probably wondering where our lake water is going.

While water levels are noticeably lower than normal, it's not being caused by lack of precipitation over Michigan. I explain why in this story. more...



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Hunters, anglers get Michigan licenses cheap

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Much has changed in Michigan since 1997: Gasoline prices have tripled, food prices increased more than 40 percent and health-care costs have skyrocketed.

It seems that everything costs more today than it did 16 years ago — unless you hunt or fish in Michigan. The price of hunting and fishing licenses here hasn’t increased since then. more...



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What if Everyone Jumped in a Lake?

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Let’s give a slightly refined version of the question.

If everyone on Earth went for a swim at the same time in Lake Michigan, how high would the water level rise?

I have two primary assumptions to start with. First, I will assume that during this time the volume of water in Lake Michigan will be constant. So if the people make the water level rise, the water level will indeed rise instead of pushing water into the other Great Lakes. Second, I will assume that all of the humans in the lake are floating. If they aren’t “swimming” or touching the bottom, then it will be easier to calculate the rise in the water level.  more...



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Students compete in Great Lakes Bowl

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Do you know the name for a zone in a body of water where temperature rapidly changes with depth?

Students competing in the 2013 National Ocean Sciences Bowl are expected to know the answer. In fact, the question is categorized as “easy.”

This year’s Great Lakes regional competition was held Saturday, Feb. 9 at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. Students from the college worked together with the Michigan Sea Grant to organize the event.

The Great Lakes contest is one of 25 regional competitions, held every February, that make up the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. This year schools from Michigan and Ohio participated.  more...



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Lake Superior dropped 2 inches in January

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The level of Lake Superior dropped 2 inches in January, a month the big lake usually drops about 3 inches, the International Lake Superior Board of Control reported Thursday.

Lake Superior now is 12 inches below the long-term average for Feb. 1 and is at the same level it was at this time last year.  more...



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Fox 8 Explores Salt Mine Below Lake Erie

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Have you ever wondered where all the rock salt that melts all the ice and snow on our highways and roads comes from?

Most of the salt is from a mine under Lake Erie just off of downtown Cleveland.

For half a century, Cargill Deicing Technology has been mining salt from underneath Lake Erie. The mine is part of the Great Eastern Salt Basin, one of the world’s largest salt beds, with tunnels that are 20 feet high and 45 feet wide. 

The salt mine is different than most salt mines because it’s located right in downtown Cleveland.  more...



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Chicago River Flowing Backwards Would Be Least of Region's Concerns

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The headlines were alarming: "Drought Could Reverse Flow of Chicago River," hailed the website of WLS-TV, the local ABC News affiliate. "Ongoing Drought Could Send the Chicago River Flowing in Reverse," read Smithsonian magazine's normally sedate web pages. 

It turns out, a backwards flow may be the least of the river’s concerns.  more...



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Walleye, Yellow Perch hatches below average in Lake Erie Western Basin

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Walleye and Yellow Perch hatches in Lake Erie's Western Basin were below average in 2012. That is the word from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The numbers come from the ODNR's yearly survey which is done in August every year.

In that survey, DNR trawlers drag nets through targeted waters to collect and count the fish species in a designated area. In 2012, only about two young-of-the-year walleyes were collected per hectare of water. A hectare measures out roughly to 2.5 acres of water.

Normally, nine young-of-the-year walleyes are found per hectare.  more...



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Low Great Lakes' water levels threaten South Port Sailing

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Members of the South Port Sailing Club in Tecumseh met Thursday night to talk about how to salvage the 2013 boating season.

Members say water levels in the Great Lakes have dropped so low, they can't use their marina unless they go ahead with an expensive dredging operation.

The latest water bulletin issued by the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans say levels in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie remain below average.  more...



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Snyder plans 'emergency' action on Great Lakes harbors

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Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday his administration is developing plans to take "emergency" action to deal with Great Lakes harbors plagued by record-low water levels.

Speaking to newspaper editors and publishers attending the annual Michigan Press Association conference, Snyder said he will unveil the plans Feb. 7 when he presents his 2013-14 fiscal year budget to the Legislature.

In December, the Lake Huron and Lake Michigan system was a mean of 576.15 feet above sea level for the month, just beneath the all-time low mean of 576.2 feet for December set in 1964. Lake St. Clair was at 572.63 feet, just above the record low of 571.1 feet set in 1964. more...



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Detroit, blue city

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Earlier this month, two years of intensive research, data collection, and community engagement culminated in the release of Detroit Future City, a strategic framework report that will serve as a roadmap toward a long term (50+ years) vision for the city of Detroit. One of its key recommendations is that "blue infrastructure" be developed on Detroit's vacant lands and along its roadways in order to promote water quality and decrease the burden stormwater places on Detroit's stressed sewer system.  more...


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comments Lake Erie off to another slow start for ice cover

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The snowbelt took a beating last week. Thompson Township in Geauga County had 26.3 inches of snow on the ground on Friday. Chardon had 21 inches, Kirtland had 18, and Mentor had just over 9.

Blame it on a lack of ice on Lake Erie. Open water means it's open season for the snow belt.  more...



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Great Lakes pizzas raise $6,000 for litter reduction, Belle Isle restoration

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Going strictly by pizza preference, it appears to be Huron and Michigan. They were marginally the most-ordered pizzas in a promotion that raised $6,000 for the Alliance for the Great Lakes.

“They were all pretty close,” said Wesley Pikula, vice president of operations at Buddy’s. “They were within about twenty pies of each other.”

Last year, Echo reported that the popular Michigan pizza chain Buddy’s Pizza launched its Great Lakes Pizza Collection with a pledge.  more...



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Fishermen alarmed by Great Lakes water levels

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Recent fluctuating temperatures have resulted in lower water levels in the Great Lakes and area officials and fishermen say it's a great cause for concern.

Officials are monitoring the situation very closely. Windsor fishermen say the downward trend is alarming.

“It's like someone pulled the plug and it's slowly going down," says fisherman Jim Leclair. “It's getting bad, really bad because the water was up to the levelness of that wall, and now it just seems to be going down and down.”  more...



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