Lake Erie en Coast Guard tops in drunken boating arrests <div>MARBLEHEAD, Ohio – A U.S. Coast Guard station that watches over western Lake Erie led the nation in drunken boating arrests last year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Coast Guard says officers with </span>Marblehead<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> station charged 67 people with boating under the influence in 2013.</span></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:19:21 +0000 Associated Press 17216 at Coast Guard tops in drunken boating arrests Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 <p>The Detroit automakers are moving into their fifth year of recovery after the disastrous bottoming-out of 2009 when General Motors and Chrysler filed for bankruptcy. Half a decade later, however, sales are brisk and auto loans are available. But is the future that bright? On today's show: Are there warning signs of another auto downturn? And, if so, what needs to happen to stop it?</p><p>Then, what will our rivers and roads look like once spring hits and the snow melts? We spoke with meteorologist Jim Maczko&nbsp;to find out.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lake Erie is full of algae blooms and dead zones, and a new report is asking us to take action. What can be done to improve the health of this lake?</span></p><p>Also,&nbsp;how about adding smell to food advertising?&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">re Michigan veterans getting what they deserve in terms of benefits and support?</span></p><p>The Veterans' Administration says when it comes to per-capita spending on veterans, Michigan checks in at an average of just over $3,400 per vet. The national average is over $4,800. That places Michigan last in the nation.</p><p>What is the state doing about this and to make sure that veterans get all the benefits to which they're entitled?</p><p>The director of Michigan's Veterans Affairs Agency, Jeff Barnes, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:32:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 16814 at Stateside for Tuesday, March 11, 2014 What can be done about algae blooms and dead zones in Lake Erie? <p>If you lived in Michigan in the 1960s and '70s, you will remember: Lake Erie was on the "critical list." It was once declared dead.</p><p>But it got back on the road to health and recovery until the mid-1990s.</p><p>That's when the lake started showing signs of distress, with large algae blooms and dead zones showing up again.</p><p>Now comes a <a href="">report</a> from an international agency that keeps a close eye on the health of the Great Lakes, and it is a clarion call to action. Among the agencies contributing to the report is the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.</p><p>Don Scavia, director of the Graham Sustainability Institute, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:58:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 16813 at What can be done about algae blooms and dead zones in Lake Erie? Ohio explores return of sturgeon to Lake Erie <div>PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's wildlife agency is looking at bringing a prehistoric fish back to Lake Erie.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is looking into whether it can reintroduce breeding populations of sturgeon to the lake.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sturgeon were once plentiful but thought to be all but gone from Lake Erie less than two decades ago.</span></p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:32:40 +0000 Associated Press 16674 at Ohio explores return of sturgeon to Lake Erie More action needed to clean up Lake Erie, says international agency <p>Massive algae blooms and dead zones in Lake Erie: T<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hese used to be major environmental problems around the most urbanized Great Lake back in the '</span>60s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and '</span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but they are problems once again.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now, an international agency that keeps an eye on the health of the Great Lakes is calling for more action.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:43:42 +0000 Mark Brush 16640 at More action needed to clean up Lake Erie, says international agency Ohio wind turbine project stopped near Lake Erie <p>TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Federal officials have put a stop to plans for a wind turbine along Lake Erie in northern Ohio.<br /><br />The decision comes just weeks after a group of birding enthusiasts threatened to sue the Ohio National Guard over the wind turbine project at the guard's Camp Perry site near Port Clinton.<br /><br />The American Bird Conservancy and Black Swamp Bird Observatory say National Guard officials in Washington sent out a letter this past week announcing it was pulling out of the project.<br /> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:42:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16268 at Ohio wind turbine project stopped near Lake Erie Lake Erie to be focus of Ohio legislative group <p>COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bipartisan group of Ohio lawmakers plans to make Lake Erie the focus of discussions next year.</p><p></p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:08:04 +0000 The Associated Press 15697 at Lake Erie to be focus of Ohio legislative group Study finds food supplies drop in 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="">newly released scientific report</a>.</p> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:38:13 +0000 The Associated Press 15695 at Study finds food supplies drop in Lakes Huron, Michigan 'Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The stat comes from Jeff&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Reutter</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Director of Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says the converse is true for Lake Superior. It holds 50% of the water, but just 2% of the fish.</span></p><p>It's a rough estimate, he says, but it gives you a good understanding of how each of the five Great Lakes have unique characteristics, which present unique challenges in managing these lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As part of <a href="">our series on how climate change is affecting the Great Lakes</a>, </span>Reutter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> spoke to us about how Lake Erie is especially vulnerable to temperature variations. It is the southernmost, and the shallowest of the five Great Lakes.</span></p><p>He also spoke about how, unlike the other four Great Lakes, Lake Erie is surrounded by agriculture and a more urbanized landscape.</p><p>You can listen to him speak about his "50 and 2 Rule" here:</p><p><a href=""></a></p><p>Lake Erie has seen a resurgence in algal blooms over the last ten years. It was once a big problem in the 60s and 70s, and it has returned as a problem again.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:48:20 +0000 Mark Brush 15125 at 'Lake Erie has 2% of the water in the Great Lakes, but 50% of the fish' Warmer waters fuel toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes <p>Big, ugly algal blooms are reappearing in the western basin (and sometimes the central basin) of Lake Erie.</p><p>The blooms happen when excess nutrients – mostly phosphorus – run off into the lake from farms and sewage treatment plants.</p><p>Some of these kinds of algae produce toxins that are among the most powerful natural poisons on Earth.</p><p>Over the past decade, these algal blooms have been common in Lake Erie. And scientists predict climate change could make the problem worse.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:03:16 +0000 Rebecca Williams 14710 at Warmer waters fuel toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes More algae in Lake Erie <p>A significant amount of blue-green algae is expected in the western basin of Lake Erie this summer. This year’s algal bloom will be about 1/5 as bad as what happened in 2011.<br><br>2011 was one of the worst years on record for the explosions of algae growth.</p><p>Sandy Bihn is with the citizens-based group, <a href="">Lake Erie Waterkeeper</a>. She says the blooms are caused "by too much phosphorous, too much runoff from the land, too many wastewater overflows, sewage deposits, storm water runoff, and manure rolling from the land into the water."</p> Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:34:25 +0000 Kyle Norris 13622 at More algae in Lake Erie Electrofishing survey finds no silver, bighead carp in Lake Erie <p align="LEFT">Silver and bighead carp don&#39;t appear to be living and breeding in Lake Erie - yet.</p><p align="LEFT">Environmental DNA from the fish was found in the lake near the Maumee&nbsp;River&nbsp;last year.&nbsp; Environmental DNA comes from&nbsp;things like fish mucus, excrement, or scales.</p><p align="LEFT">But no Asian carp were captured in a recent electrofishing survey, which temporarily stuns fish with an electrical current.</p><p align="LEFT">Todd Kalisch is with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.</p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:26:20 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8627 at Electrofishing survey finds no silver, bighead carp in Lake Erie Asian carp could find a good home in Lake Erie <p>Asian carp have been making their way up the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers toward the Great Lakes for decades. Bighead and silver carp are the species people are the most concerned about.</p><p>There&rsquo;s been a lot of focus on keeping carp out of Lake Michigan.</p><p>But a <a href="">new study</a> finds carp might do well in Lake Erie and some of the rivers that feed the lake.</p><p>Patrick Kocovsky is a research fishery biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. He says it&rsquo;s believed Asian carp need specific conditions to make babies.</p><p>&ldquo;What&rsquo;s currently believed is Asian carp require some kind of flood event in a tributary.&rdquo;</p><p>He says the carp need just the right temperature... a river that&rsquo;s flowing fast enough and a stretch of river long enough to reproduce.</p><p>Kocovsky and his team studied the major tributaries of Lake Erie. They found that the Maumee River is highly suitable for Asian carp to lay eggs.</p><p>The researchers found the Sandusky and Grand Rivers to be moderately suitable for carp.</p><p>Patrick Kocovsky says if carp can get into Lake Erie, the western side of the lake is likely to be the most hospitable.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:35:55 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5815 at Asian carp could find a good home in Lake Erie Beachcombers rejoice, rights affirmed along Lake Erie <p>The Michigan Supreme Court settled a dispute like this back in 2005, after a neighbor had sued another neighbor for walking along their beachfront property.</p><p>The <a href="">court ruled</a> that the right to walk along beachfront property extends up to the ordinary high water mark in Michigan. The high water mark was defined, in-part, this way by the Michigan Supreme Court:</p><p><em>&quot;The point on the bank or shore up to which the presence and action of the water is so continuous as to leave a distinct mark either by erosion, destruction or terrestrial vegetation, or other easily recognized characteristic.&quot;</em></p><p>Now, the Ohio Supreme Court has chimed in. From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that beachcombers can legally walk from the water to the &quot;natural shoreline&quot; along properties bordering Lake Erie.</p><p>The Wednesday ruling comes in a case pitting thousands of lakefront property owners against the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which establishes public access rules.</p><p>In a 7-0 decision, the court reversed an appellate ruling that said property owners&#39; rights extend to the point the shore and water meet on any given day.</p><p>The high court also rejected state arguments that public access should extend to a high water mark established in 1985.</p><p>Justices define the natural shoreline as &quot;the line at which the water usually stands when free from disturbing causes.&quot;</p><p>It says its ruling reaffirms decisions dating to 1878 and state law enacted in 1917.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 20:06:22 +0000 Mark Brush 4155 at Beachcombers rejoice, rights affirmed along Lake Erie Victory for Lake Erie watersnakes <p>What do a Lake Erie watersnake, a bald eagle, and an American alligator have in common?</p><p>They&#39;ve all rebounded from the threat of extinction and no longer require the protection of the Endangered Species Act.</p><p>The only place these snakes are found in the world is on the western edge of Lake Erie in Canada and Ohio.</p><p>The snakes were listed as threatened in 1999 because of habitat loss and because humans often killed them.</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the tide has turned for the watersnake. The Service published a rule in the Federal Register today delisting the species. From a USFWS <a href=";Entity=PRAsset&amp;SF_PRAsset_PRAssetID_EQ=128052&amp;XSL=PressRelease&amp;Cache=True">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Recovery criteria include a combined population of at least 5,555 snakes on the U.S. islands, sustained for six years, and protection of key habitat.</p><p>Through continued habitat protection and public education, the Lake Erie watersnake population grew to about 11,980 in 2009, and has exceeded the minimum recovery level since 2002. About 300 acres of inland habitat and 11 miles of shoreline have been protected for the snake since it was listed.</p></blockquote><p>Back in 2005, reporter <a href="">Rebecca Williams traveled down to the islands in Lake Erie</a> to witness researchers taking their annual snake census - aka &quot;Nerodeo&quot; - &quot;that&rsquo;s <i>Nerodia</i>, the snake&rsquo;s scientific name, and rodeo, as in cowboy roundup.&quot;:</p><blockquote><p>The snake biologists don&rsquo;t just look under rocks. They dive into the lake for snakes. They sneak up on piles of snakes and then grab the whole writhing mass.</p><p>The snakes bite. The researchers&#39; arms are covered in snakebites. The bites aren&#39;t life threatening, but they&#39;re really, really bloody. And then it comes to the job at hand. The biologists are going to force the snakes&#39; stomach contents out. They call it &quot;barfing the snakes.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>And what were they barfing up? Mostly round gobies - an invasive species. So here is a case where native species are taking a bite out of an invasive species&#39; population.</p><p><a href="">The Discovery Channel&#39;s Dirty Jobs</a> with Mike Rowe did an episode on the job of a Lake Erie watersnake researcher in 2006 (the snakes poop, pee, bite, and release a musky smell when they&#39;re caught).</p><p>You can watch Rowe drop to his knees and get chomped on by a Lake Erie watersnake at about 6:20 in this video:</p><p></p><p>The snakes are still listed as endangered by the state of Ohio, so killing them is still illegal under state law... no matter how much they bite you. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:30:09 +0000 Mark Brush 3782 at Victory for Lake Erie watersnakes Ohio bill poses threat to Lake Erie <p></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">We&rsquo;ve had more than enough to worry about in Michigan this year -- and more than enough game-changing legislation to follow.</font></font></font></font></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:58:01 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3370 at Ohio bill poses threat to Lake Erie