Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org en Study finds food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/study-finds-food-supplies-drop-lakes-huron-michigan <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Food supplies for fish and other organisms are declining in some areas of the Great Lakes, particularly Lakes Huron and Michigan, according to a <a href="http://bioscience.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/12/05/biosci.bit001.abstract">newly released scientific report</a>.</p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:38:13 +0000 The Associated Press 15695 at http://michiganradio.org Study finds food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan Go lake trout! Native fish overcome seemingly ‘insurmountable’ challenges in Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/go-lake-trout-native-fish-overcome-seemingly-insurmountable-challenges-lake-huron <p>A fish that was almost wiped out in the Great Lakes is making a comeback in Lake Huron.</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/lake-trout">Lake trout</a> are suddenly doing what biologists have been trying to get them to do for more than 40 years: They’re making babies.</p><p>Lake trout used to be a mainstay of Great Lakes commercial fishing in the first half of the twentieth century. The Lakes would produce 15 million pounds of the fish every year.</p><p>Then the sea lamprey came in and sucked the life out of the lake trout populations.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Peter Payette 15648 at http://michiganradio.org Go lake trout! Native fish overcome seemingly ‘insurmountable’ challenges in Lake Huron Stateside for Monday, August 26th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-august-26th-2013 <p>If there's one song that captures the feel of Motown, Detroit, and America in the 1960s, it's Martha Reeves singing "Dancing in the Streets." On today's show we talked about the historical importance of this Motown classic.</p><p>And, we explored the concept behind community cafes, how they work and where you can find one near you.</p><p>Also, Ontario Power Generation is proposing to build a nuclear waste dump site on the shore of Lake Huron. How will this affect the drinking water?</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">his promises to be an important week for the State Senate. This could be the week the Senate decides whether or not to expand Medicaid to more low-income adults in Michigan.</span></p><p>You may recall, the Senate broke off for its summer break in June without taking a vote on Medicaid, something that so incensed Governor Snyder that he came home early from a trade trip to Israel in order to publicly scold the Senate.</p><p>So, two months later, it appears a vote is at hand.</p><p>Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:03:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 14140 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, August 26th, 2013 Nuclear waste repository might be built on the shore of Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/nuclear-waste-repository-might-be-built-shore-lake-huron <p>A proposal by a Canadian power company to store nuclear waste at a site within a mile of Lake Huron is setting off alarm bells on this side of the border.</p><p>Ontario Power Generation is drawing up plans to store low-to-medium level nuclear waste at an underground repository it wants to build in Ontario near the town of Kincardine. That is on the shore of Lake Huron and critics, including some state lawmakers, worry that storing nuclear waste so close to the lake could threaten the drinking water for 40 million people.</p><p>Detroit News reporter Jim Lynch has been following the story and he joined us today from Detroit.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:59:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 14137 at http://michiganradio.org Nuclear waste repository might be built on the shore of Lake Huron Proposed nuclear dump site a mile from Lake Huron draws concern http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-nuclear-dump-site-mile-lake-huron-draws-concern <p>Local environmental activists are concerned over a proposal that would create a nuclear waste dump less than a mile from the shores of Lake Huron. Community members met at a town hall meeting this week at Wayne State University to discuss the proposal.</p><p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:49:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14073 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed nuclear dump site a mile from Lake Huron draws concern Foes of Lake Huron shoreline nuclear storage meet http://michiganradio.org/post/foes-lake-huron-shoreline-nuclear-storage-meet <p>DETROIT (AP) - Objections to a proposal to build a nuclear waste storage site near Lake Huron's Ontario shoreline are the subject of a town hall meeting Monday evening in Detroit.<br><br>The Detroit News says the meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. at Wayne State University's Keith Center Lecture Hall.<br><br>The meeting's organizers include Democratic state Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood of Taylor. He sponsored a resolution that the Michigan Senate passed in May questioning the proposal.<br> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 22:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14041 at http://michiganradio.org Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/ground-broken-quarter-billion-dollar-water-pipeline-michigan <p>A quarter billion dollar water pipeline project broke ground today near the Lake Huron shoreline.</p><p></p><p>The source of the water was on the minds of the people at the groundbreaking, including Pastor Floyd Fuller who gave the invocation.</p><p></p><p>““Drink from your own cistern.&nbsp;&nbsp; Running water from your own well,” Fuller said, quoting from the Book of Proverbs.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The well in this case is not a well but a lake.&nbsp; Lake Huron to be specific.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:42:29 +0000 Steve Carmody 13304 at http://michiganradio.org Ground is broken on a quarter billion dollar water pipeline in Michigan The curious history of a tasty little Great Lakes fish http://michiganradio.org/post/curious-history-tasty-little-great-lakes-fish <p>Not too long ago, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/surprising-comeback-lake-hurons-native-fish">we reported that native fish are doing really well in Lake Huron</a>.</p><p>The fish involved are not exactly well known species. But there is one that’s a household name in lakeshore communities. Its success is sparking some scientific debate.</p><p><strong>A fish cocktail</strong></p><p>The owners of The Cove in Leland have a problem. Food and travel writers who pass through seldom forget to mention the Chubby Mary<b>®</b>. &nbsp;It’s a Bloody Mary with a smoked chub in it.</p><p>Mario Batali even put a photo of the cocktail on <em>Bon </em><em>Appetit</em>’s website along with his endorsement.</p><p>The problem is there aren’t many chubs for sale these days because they are really hard to find in the Great Lakes.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Peter Payette 12738 at http://michiganradio.org The curious history of a tasty little Great Lakes fish Raising water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron with man-made stuctures http://michiganradio.org/post/raising-water-levels-lakes-michigan-and-huron-man-made-stuctures <p>The International Joint Commission (IJC) recommends that the U.S. and Canadian governments investigate the option of placing man-made structures in the St. Clair River to raise water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron.</p><p>The IJC is a binational organization that develops recommendations and resolves disputes over waters between the U.S. and Canada.</p><p>More from Jon Flesher of the Associated Press:</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:23:03 +0000 Mark Brush 12306 at http://michiganradio.org Raising water levels in Lakes Michigan and Huron with man-made stuctures State OKs Flint's plan to get water from pipeline to Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/state-oks-flints-plan-get-water-pipeline-lake-huron <p><strong>Update 5:26 p.m.</strong></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Flint needed the state's permission to join the water pipeline project because the city is run by an emergency manager.</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> Supporters say the new pipeline will save Flint money.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Bill Johnson, spokesman for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, said</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> the state previously told Detroit water officials they would have more time to reach a new agreement with Flint.</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt"> He says the Detroit water system stands to lose big if Flint starts getting its water from Lake Huron.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">"</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Detroit will lose 6 to 7 percent of its total revenue base, amounting to something like $22 million. That cost would have to be absorbed by the remaining 3 million Detroit Water and Sewerage Department customers."</span></font></p><div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Detroit has until Monday afternoon to make one final offer to the city of Flint to keep its water business.</span></font></div><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left"><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Flint’s emergency manager has said he wants to see Detroit’s offer.</span></font></div><p></p><p><strong>12:39 p.m.</strong></p><p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The state of Michigan has approved Flint's plans to get its water by participating in a pipeline project that would tap Lake Huron.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/ZqWlYe">The Flint Journal reports</a>&nbsp;the approval is subject to review of a final offer from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department by Monday. State Treasurer Andy Dillon told Flint's state-appointed emergency manager Ed Kurtz of the decision.</p><p>Under the proposal, Flint would get 16 million gallons of water per day from Lake Huron, pipe it to Flint for treatment and then sell it to city customers. Another 2 million gallons per day would come from the Flint River and would be treated in Flint.</p><p>The Karegnondi Water Authority project could serve Flint and Lapeer as well as residents elsewhere in Genesee, Lapeer and Sanilac counties. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:26:22 +0000 The Associated Press 12118 at http://michiganradio.org State OKs Flint's plan to get water from pipeline to Lake Huron A surprising comeback for Lake Huron's native fish http://michiganradio.org/post/surprising-comeback-lake-hurons-native-fish <p>For years now, we’ve heard bad news about the Great Lakes. Most of it has to do with invasive species getting into the lakes and wrecking the food web.</p><p>One writer called it a slow-moving underwater wildfire.</p><p>So it might surprise you to hear that native fish are doing very well in one of the lakes. The changes are so dramatic scientists are a bit puzzled and can’t explain what’s happening.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Peter Payette 12081 at http://michiganradio.org A surprising comeback for Lake Huron's native fish In this morning's news: Blue Cross overhaul, Detroit EM unpaid taxes, Flint delays project for water http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-blue-cross-overhaul-detroit-em-unpaid-taxes-flint-delays-project-water <p><strong>Governor Snyder signs Blue Cross Blue Shield overhaul</strong></p><p>"Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation overhauling Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The bills let the state's largest health insurer transform into a customer-owned nonprofit and ends its tax-exempt status. The Republican governor signed the legislation Monday at a meeting of the company's board of directors in Detroit," the Associated Press <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-signs-blue-cross-blue-shield-overhaul">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Detroit EM accused of unpaid taxes</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder is standing by his pick for Detroit’s emergency manager - despite some criticism over unpaid taxes. The Detroit News reported over the weekend that Kevyn Orr had two tax liens against his Maryland home. Orr says he has since paid the taxes," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Flint postpones decision to get water from Lake Huron</strong></p><p>"The Flint city council has delayed a decision on whether to take part in a quarter billion dollar project to pipe water from Lake Huron for the city’s drinking water. Council members are concerned the city will end up paying too much.&nbsp;&nbsp; There is also concern that whatever decision they make could be overruled by Flint’s emergency financial manager," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-delay-decision-water-pipeline-project-again">reports. </a></p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:34:12 +0000 Emily Fox 11753 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Blue Cross overhaul, Detroit EM unpaid taxes, Flint delays project for water Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-delay-decision-water-pipeline-project-again <p>The Flint city council has delayed a decision on whether to take part in a quarter billion dollar project to tap water from Lake Huron for the city’s drinking water. The panel delayed taking action on the proposal last week as well.</p><p></p><p>The project has been in development for years. But supporters say they will soon have to start work on the project. They want Flint leaders to decide now if the city is going to be part of the project.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 11752 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-152 <p><strong>The race for the Democratic chair</strong></p><p>"Michigan's Democratic congressional delegation wants to replace the long-time chairman of the state Democratic Party. Sens. Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow and five members of the U.S. House wrote an open letter to Democrats Tuesday backing Lon Johnson over incumbent Mark Brewer," the Associated Press <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20130205/NEWS04/302050029/Key-Michigan-Democrats-back-challenger-party-chair-Mark-Brewer">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Detroit moves to turn on its lights</strong></p><p>"The Detroit City Council on Tuesday approved articles of incorporation&nbsp;for a public lighting authority in the city. The state legislature passed bills in December enabling the lighting authority. Detroit has chronic problems keeping many of its streetlights on, though no one can say for sure how many aren't working at any given time," Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-paves-way-public-lighting-authority"> reports. </a></p><p><strong>Lakes Michigan and Huron at record low levels</strong></p><p>"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may take another look at placing structures at the bottom of the St. Clair River to boost water levels in Lakes Huron and Michigan. The lakes are at their lowest levels since record-keeping began in 1918, and many people in the region are demanding action," The Associated Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130206/NEWS06/302060091/Lakes-Huron-Michigan-at-lowest-water-levels-recorded?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Michigan%20news">reports. </a></p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:23:59 +0000 Emily Fox 11110 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Freighter carrying iron ore pellets runs aground http://michiganradio.org/post/freighter-carrying-iron-ore-pellets-runs-aground <p>The U.S. Coast Guard says a freighter carrying iron ore pellets has run aground on the Canadian side of southern Lake Huron, about one mile offshore of Sarnia, Ontario. The agency there&#39;s no reports of injuries or pollution after the shipped named Buffalo ran aground late Wednesday while en route to Cleveland.<br /><br />The U.S. Coast Guard is assisting Thursday in the response and sent a 41-foot boat to the scene. Sarnia is located across the St. Clair River from Port Huron, Michigan, about 55 miles northeast of Detroit.<br /> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:37:34 +0000 The Associated Press 8518 at http://michiganradio.org Freighter carrying iron ore pellets runs aground Coast Guard re-floats sunken tanker in Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/coast-guard-re-floats-sunken-tanker-lake-huron <p>The U.S. Coast Guard says crews have salvaged a dredging barge that sank earlier this month in Lake Huron. The Associated Press reports crews re-floated the 100-foot Arthur J early this morning, and were in the process of taking it to a maintenance dock.</p><p>From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>The Arthur J went down July 19 more than a mile from the Michigan shore near Lakeport, roughly 65 miles northeast of Detroit. A 38-foot tugboat that capsized at the same time was recovered earlier. The barge recovery operation stalled last week because of strong winds and choppy waters.<br /><br />No one was hurt when the two vessels went down nearly six miles north of the entrance to the St. Clair River. Some fuel escaped after the accident, leaving a sheen on the water that reached land.</p></blockquote><p>In a <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1505003/UPDATE-Arthur-J-dredge-floating-in-transit-to-maintenance-dock">statement</a>, the Coast Guard said salvage crews resumed dive operations Sunday at about 9 a.m. and successfully re-floated the dredge by using compressors to blow air into watertight compartments: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:07:56 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8481 at http://michiganradio.org Coast Guard re-floats sunken tanker in Lake Huron Work on salvaging barge, tugboat is under way on Lake Huron http://michiganradio.org/post/work-salvaging-barge-tugboat-under-way-lake-huron <p>LAKEPORT, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard has begun salvaging a sunken barge and an overturned tugboat in southern Lake Huron.<br /><br /> Petty Officer Levi Read tells the Times Herald of Port Huron (http://bwne.ws/MOX3cS) work began at first light on Saturday.<br /><br /> The 110-foot dredging barge and the 38-foot tug were overcome in rough seas early Thursday about a mile from the Michigan coast and nearly six miles from the opening to the St. Clair River.<br /><br /> No one was hurt. Diesel fuel spilled into the lake, but officials say it&#39;s uncertain how much escaped.<br /> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:17:15 +0000 The Associated Press 8386 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Coast Guard says diesel fuel contained on sunken barge in Lake Huron (PHOTOS) http://michiganradio.org/post/us-coast-guard-says-diesel-fuel-contained-sunken-barge-lake-huron-photos <p>The U.S. Coast Guard issued a <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1500183/Update-All-Arthur-J-fuel-valves-and-vents-secured-diesel-fuel-spill-secured">press release</a> this morning saying all the fuel valves and vents connected to the fuel tank on the sunken barge, the Arthur J, have been plugged.</p><p>Crews continue to work on salvaging the 110-foot dredge barge and 38-foot tug that sank yesterday morning one mile off the coast of Lakeport, Michigan.</p><p>From their release:</p><blockquote><p>The Arthur J has ten vents to its fuel tank and responders where able to plug four of them early Thursday afternoon, but six remained open until responders were able to plug them late Thursday night.</p><p>The impact to the shoreline has been minimal; however there is visible sheening along the shores of Lakeport, but there has been no report of a thick product wash ashore. However, there is still a strong diesel odor in the air, so residents and visitors of the lower Lake Huron area are encouraged to avoid areas where there is an odor in the air. Those who live in the area should remain inside with doors and windows closed as much as possible.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p>The Coast Guard says the Michigan State Health Department has closed beaches from the Blue Water Bridge north to Lakeport State Park.</p><p>The diesel fuel that did spill remains on the lake. No wildlife impacts have been reported yet. The Coast Guard says &quot;weather and lake conditions are not optimal for product clean up, but the clean-up efforts continue vigilantly.&quot;</p><p>The sunken dredge barge and tug were owned and operated by MCM Marine.</p><p>Early reports indicated the barge and tug began taking on water around 4 a.m. yesterday. The Coast Guard reports the cause of the accident at this time is still unknown. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 13:31:31 +0000 Mark Brush 8371 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Coast Guard says diesel fuel contained on sunken barge in Lake Huron (PHOTOS) Diesel fuel spills into Lake Huron after tug and barge sink http://michiganradio.org/post/diesel-fuel-spills-lake-huron-after-tug-and-barge-sink <p><strong>Friday, July 20, 9:06 a.m.</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1500183/Update-All-Arthur-J-fuel-valves-and-vents-secured-diesel-fuel-spill-secured">U.S. Coast Guard released a statement</a> this morning declaring that the diesel fuel tanks onboard the sunken dredge, the Arthur J, have been secured and that no more diesel fuel is spilling into Lake Huron:</p><blockquote><p>All the fuel valves and vents on the Arthur J have been plugged.&nbsp;</p><p>The Arthur J has ten vents to its fuel tank and responders where able to plug four of them early Thursday afternoon, but six remained open until responders were able to plug them late Thursday night.</p><p>The impact to the shoreline has been minimal; however there is visible sheening along the shores of Lakeport, but there has been no report of a thick product wash ashore. However, there is still a strong diesel odor in the air, so residents and visitors of the lower Lake Huron area are encouraged to avoid areas where there is an odor in the air.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Thursday, July 19, 12:26 p.m.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/07/deq_official_sunken_dredge_may.html#incart_river_default">Mlive.com reports </a>that if storms do not let up, all 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel will get into Lake Huron.</p><blockquote><p>The Michigan Department of Enviromental Quality is monitoring the situation from the periphery, and spokesman Brad Wurfel said ongoing storms may limit the effectiveness of the containment boom.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re hoping to recover all we can,&quot; he said. &quot;But it&#39;s anticipated that if the storms do not let up, it&#39;s best to plan on the idea that all 1,500 gallons will get into the lake.&quot;</p><p>The weather, the weight of the fuel, wind direction and underwater currents make it difficult to predict where the fuel may head. Some local beaches may see a sheen, Wurfel said, but the &quot;environmental impact is not expected to be catastrophic.&quot;</p><p>&quot;The upside is, it&#39;s a big lake. A lot of this will dissipate.&quot;</p><p>St. Clair County officials have closed all public beaches on Lake Huron as a precautionary measure, according to health education and planning director Jennifer Michalul.</p><p>A local hazmat team and fire crew are aiding the Coast Guard, which has established 100-yard safety zone around the periphery of the oil sheen. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:26:01 +0000 Mark Brush & Michigan Radio Newsroom 8342 at http://michiganradio.org Diesel fuel spills into Lake Huron after tug and barge sink Flint officials are considering tapping the Flint River as a source for drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-officials-are-considering-tapping-flint-river-source-drinking-water <p>Rising water costs have Flint officials looking at the Flint River as a source of drinking water.&nbsp; Fri, 01 Jun 2012 01:39:35 +0000 Steve Carmody 7708 at http://michiganradio.org Flint officials are considering tapping the Flint River as a source for drinking water