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Water Levels Rebound at Record Pace

Water Levels Rebound at Record Pace

Despite taking a significant nosedive within the last 24 months, Great Lakes water levels are once again on the rise. Two years ago, in January 2013, Lakes Michigan and Huron were at a record low, and have recently gone on a record-breaking rebound. Three of the five Great Lakes have recovered...
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Ohio Stays Committed to Improving Boating Access

Ohio Stays Committed to Improving Boating Access

Getting onto the clear, crisp waters in and around Ohio will be much easier in the future, thanks to the Ohio DNR. It recently awarded nearly $2.9 million in grants for boating access facility projects to improve public access to Ohio waterways. Additionally, $364,689 in grants was awarded to ...
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Chicago E15 Mandate Debate Delayed

Chicago E15 Mandate Debate Delayed

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed Alderman Ed Burke’s ethanol bill that would require city gas stations to offer E15, gasoline that contains a 15 percent ethanol blend. On December 8, 2014, the Chicago City Council postponed Chicago’s E15 Consumers Choice Ordinance 02014-5037. Ema...
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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Resurrected

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Resurrected

The Great Lakes $300 million cleanup program that stalled earlier this year has been resurrected in Congress. U.S. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) introduced the bill that authorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million annually over the next five years. The initiative supports effo...
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Nuclear Plant Leaks Oil into Lake Michigan

Nuclear Plant Leaks Oil into Lake Michigan

About 2,000 gallons are believed to have leaked into Lake Michigan from a southwestern Michigan nuclear plant, according to a Detroit Free Press article. According to plant officials at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant, the leak was from an oil cooling system on the turbine and had reporte...
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Tall Ships Sail Into the Great Lakes

Tall Ships Sail Into the Great Lakes

The Nina and Pinta used by Christopher Columbus on his first voyage across the Atlantic Ocean were the highlight attraction for the weekend of September 3-7 in Michigan City, Indiana, as the historically correct replicas of the 15th century Caravels docked along Trail Creek, against the backdrop of ...
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Michigan Gets Tough on Drinking and Boating

Michigan Gets Tough on Drinking and Boating

Back in 2003, Michigan changed the legal alcohol limit for driving vehicles from 0.10 to 0.08. However, it failed to change the rules for snowmobiles, watercraft and off-road vehicles. Now, the consequences for driving a boat while drunk just got a little more costly. The Michigan Senate unani...
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Canada and Ontario Sign New Great Lakes Agreement

Canada and Ontario Sign New Great Lakes Agreement

The governments of Canada and Ontario signed the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (COA) last week, renewing their commitment to restore, protect and conserve the Great Lakes. The five-year agreement will: take action to address algal blooms; complete ac...
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SS Badger’s New Coal Ash System Ready for 2015 Season

SS Badger’s New Coal Ash System Ready for 2015 Season

In Lakeland Boating’s May 2014 issue, we wrote about the ongoing renovations to the beloved Lake Michigan Carferry (LMC), the S.S. Badger — the last coal-fired ship on the Great Lakes. Now, according to Terri Brown, director of media relations for LMC, the 411-foot carferry purchased a n...
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Shepler’s Ferry Service Adds to Fleet

Shepler’s Ferry Service Adds to Fleet

The iconic Mackinac Island ferry service, Shepler’s, recently announced that it would expand its fleet of passenger ferries and that the new boat, Miss Margy, would hopefully be ready for business by Independence Day 2015. Shepler’s has been chartering passengers from Mackinac City...
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