Lake St. Clair http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids man swims across Lake St. Clair pulling a ton of bricks http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-man-swims-across-lake-st-clair-pulling-ton-bricks <p>Forget those sharks we’re hearing about off of Cape Cod.</p><p>We’ve had a shark of our own swimming in the Great Lakes. And he just crossed Lake St. Clair, swimming 22 miles, all alone, while pulling two inflatable boats carrying a ton of bricks.</p><p>Jim Dreyer of Grand Rapids calls himself “The Shark.” And, when you look back over his extreme endurance feats, you’ll agree: he’s earned the right to call himself just about anything he pleases. Jim has set records swimming across all five of the Great Lakes, distance records, speed records. All of this from a guy who says he had to overcome a deep-seated fear of water.</p><p>Jim Dreyer joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:29:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 13966 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids man swims across Lake St. Clair pulling a ton of bricks Man lands in Detroit after swimming 22 miles with a ton of bricks http://michiganradio.org/post/man-lands-detroit-after-swimming-22-miles-ton-bricks <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">He very well may be the first shark in Lake St. Clair -- and certainly the first one hauling a ton of bricks.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Long-distance swimmer, motivational speaker, and Michigan native Jim Dreyer -- who calls himself “The Shark” -- finished up a 22-mile swim today from Algonac to Belle Isle. But just in case the swim across Lake St. Clair wasn’t enough, Dreyer raised the stakes on his charity swim for Habitat for Humanity: The Shark is pulling along two dinghies holding 2,000 pounds of bricks.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Dreyer&nbsp;was expected to finish his swim yesterday, but his journey took a day longer than expected.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A post on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JimTheSharkDreyer">his Facebook page</a> said he was in good shape as he finished up his swim:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">And I am sure most of you figured out he has been swimming over 48 hours, non stop!! Making all long distance open water swimmers proud!! Making Pure Michigan proud too.</span></p></blockquote><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:02:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13873 at http://michiganradio.org Man lands in Detroit after swimming 22 miles with a ton of bricks Diver discovers a 97-year-old message in a bottle http://michiganradio.org/post/diver-discovers-97-year-old-message-bottle <p>In 2013, if you want to let the world know you're someplace having a good time, you might whip out your smartphone and tweet it or post a check-in or status update on Facebook.</p><p>97 years ago, you might write a message, roll it up, tuck it in a bottle and toss it into the St. Clair River.</p><p>That's what a couple of young Detroiters did when they were having fun one summer's day at Tashmoo. That was a very popular amusement part on Harsen's Island on the northern end of Lake St. Clair.</p><p>And why do we know about this message in a bottle? Because Dave Leander found the bottle as he was diving in the St. Clair River.</p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 21:01:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 13118 at http://michiganradio.org Diver discovers a 97-year-old message in a bottle Officials expand testing of cancer-causing chemical in Lake St. Clair http://michiganradio.org/post/officials-expand-testing-cancer-causing-chemical-lake-st-clair <p>State health and environmental officials are expanding the scope of their testing for PCB in fish in Lake St. Clair.</p><p>PCB is a toxic compound that was used in electrical and industrial equipment. The chemical was banned in the 70s for its toxicity. &nbsp;</p><p>Joe Bohr is with the Department for Environmental Quality. He says while the PCB found in the fish is 10 times what is considered safe, the amount of PCB in Michigan&rsquo;s waters is decreasing. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:00:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2915 at http://michiganradio.org Officials expand testing of cancer-causing chemical in Lake St. Clair