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2009-08-17 11:34:13

A Great Lakes official says invasive Asian carp have made it miles beyond a Chicago barrier intended to keep the species out of Lake Michigan. Great Lakes Fishery Commission spokesman Marc Gaden said after genetic testing showed evidence of flying Asian carp five miles beyond the electric barrier of a Chicago canal, the power on the barrier was increased to prevent further incursions, The Detroit Free Press said Monday. These carp are clawing at the door now, Gaden said. The silver carp could...

2009-06-09 06:10:00

CHICAGO, June 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Friends of the Parks: WHAT: One hundred years after Daniel Burnham first envisioned it, Chicago's entire lakefront would be an unbroken string of public parks, under the Last Four Miles Plan being unveiled at Calumet Park on Tuesday, June 9th. Almost 400 acres of green parkland would be created on former industrial sites on the south side. On the north lakefront nearly 100 acres of new parks and beaches would be...

2009-04-27 12:19:52

Lake Michigan water levels, which dropped to near-record lows in 2008, are up this year because of wetter weather, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said. The corps said that compared with April 2008 numbers, Lake Michigan water levels have increased by nearly 9 inches, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday. Figures indicate that compared with January 2008, when the lake was at a near-record low, levels have increased by more than 2 feet. Corps meteorologist Keith Kompoltowicz, who is...

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2008-10-19 11:05:00

For a newly hatched striped bass in the Hudson River, a clutch of trout eggs in Lake Michigan or a baby salmon in San Francisco Bay, drifting a little too close to a power plant can mean a quick and turbulent death. Sucked in with enormous volumes of water, battered against the sides of pipes and heated by steam, the small fry of the aquatic world are being sacrificed in large numbers each year to the cooling systems of power plants around the country. Environmentalists say the nation's power...

2008-10-11 15:00:41

By THOMAS CONTENT Making electricity from wind turbines in the middle of Lake Michigan is technologically feasible but would cost up to twice as much as land-based wind farms, a state study released Friday says. The study found there are "significant technological challenges" that would have to be overcome to build wind-power projects in deeper sections of the lake, where wind speeds are greater and more power could be generated. But more research is needed, particularly to get better...

2008-09-26 15:00:24

By DARRYL ENRIQUEZ A new report says Lake Michigan water should flow to the City of Waukesha and eventually supply communities in Ozaukee and Washington counties. The preliminary report from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission bolsters Waukesha's claim that Lake Michigan water is the best and most affordable method of replacing drinking water currently drawn from radium-laced underground sources. Backed by the new report and the likely federal approval of a new...

2008-09-24 15:00:29

By DIANA MARRERO and DAN EGAN Washington -- The House gave final approval Tuesday to an interstate agreement designed to protect the water in the Great Lakes. Passed on a vote of 390-25, the Great Lakes Compact heads to President Bush for his signature -- speedy passage for a plan that seemed as though it was going nowhere just months ago. Bush has said he plans to sign it into law. All eight Wisconsin House members voted for the legislation, which seeks to prevent those outside the...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

By Sean Ryan Unless something unexpected crops up, New Berlin's application to buy Lake Michigan water should gain state approval. "I'm certainly not aware of any new problematic issues," said Todd Ambs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Water Division administrator. "But we'll do what they call our due diligence." The DNR last year reviewed a preliminary application about New Berlin's plan to buy an additional 3.6 million gallons of water from Milwaukee a day and found no...

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2008-08-16 18:15:00

Lake Michigan's ecosystem is being threatened by a quick producing, tiny snail. The invasive creature has scientists worrying about the lake's balance. The New Zealand mud snail joins a rapidly growing list of nonnative species moving into the Great Lakes, threatening to disrupt the food chain and change the local environment. The snails reproduce asexually and in large numbers, and have no natural predators in North America, said Kevin Cummings, a scientist who works for the Natural History...

2008-08-09 15:00:23

By ANNYSA JOHNSON Shorewood -- There was a time when Atwater Beach was the center of summer life in this North Shore community. An expansive stretch of sand under a 100-foot bluff, it offered an idyllic spot along Lake Michigan that drew beachgoers from around the Milwaukee area. Declining water quality, an accumulation of stinky algae and the disappearance of lifeguards have diminished Atwater's allure in recent years. But a group of residents -- many of whom moved to Shorewood for its...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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