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Lake Superior Finally Ice Free

Lake Superior Finally Ice Free

It’s finally June, and you’d expect the Great Lakes to be experiencing warm temperatures and perfect boating weather. However, as of last week, parts of Lake Superior were still covered in ice; about 0.6 percent, according to a recent article published in the Washington Post. There...
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Illinois Bans Microbeads

Illinois Bans Microbeads

Have you ever used a face or body wash that contained tiny plastic beads? They may result in a nice, deep, exfoliated-type clean, but apparently they’re pretty detrimental to the environment. They’re called “microbeads,” synthetic plastic particles used as an abrasive i...
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Michigan Boating Week is June 7-14

Michigan Boating Week is June 7-14

This week is now officially “Michigan Boating Week,” after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a resolution declaring it as such. It only makes sense that Michigan has an entire week dedicated to boating, seeing as Michigan is the third largest boating market in the country and had...
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Rip Current Awareness Week

Rip Current Awareness Week

Rip currents are strong, powerful and narrow currents that move away from shore. Reaching speeds of 8 feet per second, they have killed more people than sharks. This week is Rip Current Awareness Week, June 1-7. According to a report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA...
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Residents Must Adapt to Fluctuating Water Levels, Experts Say

Residents Must Adapt to Fluctuating Water Levels, Experts Say

The five Great Lakes have a lengthy history of rising in spring and summer and dropping in fall and winter. Over the years, Great Lakes residents have attempted to tame Mother Nature’s fluctuating water levels; but now, Donald Scavia, director of the University of Michigan’s Graham Susta...
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Great Lakes Fights Back Against Invasive Species

Great Lakes Fights Back Against Invasive Species

We’ve all seen those videos: Asian Carp leaping out of the water like popping popcorn or like dolphins on steroids. They are a fascinating aquatic invasive species that have been found in Mississippi and Minnesota. The two most problematic of these species, the bighead and the silver ...
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Potential Remains of the Santa Maria Found

Potential Remains of the Santa Maria Found

Christopher Columbus sailed west in search of new lands, but what ever happened to the colossal ship, Santa Maria, in which he sailed? According to an article from Reuters, underwater explorer Barry Clifford believes he has found the wreckage of Columbus’ flagship off the north coast of ...
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TowBoatUS Opens Sault Ste. Marie Operation

TowBoatUS Opens Sault Ste. Marie Operation

Captain Gordon MacMaster, who has years of experience navigating the difficult waterways of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Ontario, just opened a TowBoatUs franchise, offering boaters 24/7, on-water towing service in the region. The St. Marys River is a long, narrow waterway, running between t...
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ABM Hosts National Motor Boat Show

ABM Hosts National Motor Boat Show

The Antique Boat Museum (ABM) in Clayton, New York opens its doors to its newest and largest exhibit, “The National Motor Boat Show,” May 23. From 5-7 p.m., this free event is open to the public and tells the story of the first 50 years of motorboating, from 1895 to 1945. The Nati...
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Inland Seas Seeks $25K For Scholarships, Equipment

Inland Seas Seeks $25K For Scholarships, Equipment

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) (http://www.schoolship.org), a group that is working to develop environmental stewards and the next generation of Great Lakes scientists, recently turned to Facebook to collect $25,000 that would fund scholarships and necessary scientific equipment, accor...
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