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2008-07-02 18:00:16

By Chicago Tribune Jul. 2--The Chicago Park District issued a swim ban Wednesday afternoon in response to a National Weather Service seiche warning, officials said. The warning was issued after a massive storm front currently over the lower peninsula of Michigan crossed Lake Michigan in the early afternoon Wednesday and piled the water toward the Michigan shore as it traveled east. Water flooded the harbor in St. Joseph, Mich., and crept more than 15 feet across the sand there, said...

2008-06-20 18:00:15

Two invasive Asian carp species haven't traveled any closer to the susceptible Lake Michigan, an annual survey by several U.S. federal agencies indicates Scientists with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spotted two bighead carp and six silver carp about 30 river miles from an electric fish barrier near Romeoville, Ill., erected to keep Asian carp from reaching the lake, the Chicago Tribune reported. The agencies said they monitor the advance of the...

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2008-06-19 00:10:00

CHICAGO -- When thousands of bloody, hemorrhaging fish recently turned up on the Lake Michigan shore south of Milwaukee, it confirmed the worst fears of scientists worried that an Ebola-like virus stalking Great Lakes fish would strike closer to Chicago. The dead fish were round gobies, a small invasive species that many feel is better off dead. But unlike many other diseases that tend to hit one or two types of fish, this viral strain has led to large fish kills involving more than 30...

2008-06-18 09:00:36

By Krista Ledbetter The Fox Valley's underground aquifer is rebounding, but the rising water carries with it a greater chance of arsenic contamination. "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction," said Eric Fowle, executive director of the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The aquifer below the region that stretches from Fond du Lac north to Green Bay was losing about 3 feet of water per year, forcing municipalities and organizations to search for ways...

2008-06-18 03:00:18

By Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jun. 18--U.S. and Canadian officials will be in Wisconsin this week for two public hearings on the persistently low Lake Michigan water levels. The International Joint Commission, a binational group created to help the two countries manage their shared waters, is in the middle of a five-year study of how to better manage the waters in Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron. The three big lakes have been at or near their historical lows in the past...

2008-06-14 21:00:08

A deadly fish disease has been confirmed in yellow perch in Lake Michigan, Wisconsin environmental officials report. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia was detected in yellow perch, a popular sport fish, a week after being found in the carcasses of round gobies washed up in South Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The disease, first recorded in the Great Lakes three years ago, is found in many species of freshwater fish but is not harmful to humans. Randy Schumacher, a regional...

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2008-05-29 03:35:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Throughout the overlooked depths of Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes, a small but important animal is rapidly disappearing. Until recently, the animal - a shrimplike, energy-dense creature called Diporeia - was a major food source for commercially important species like lake whitefish and many prey fish upon which salmon, trout and walleye rely. Scientists are employing new research methods in a quest to explain their population freefall, which threatens to...

2008-02-04 09:00:00

Counting dead birds along Lake Michigan's Upper Peninsula shoreline last November was mind-numbing, even emotional for wildlife biologist Joe Kaplan. Hundreds of loons, cormorants, gulls, long-tailed ducks and grebes were scattered across the sand, washed up and rotting. Then he spotted a familiar bird. The yellow band on its lifeless leg showed it was C3, a loon that had lived for 14 seasons at Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The adult male was 22 miles from...

2008-01-24 03:00:00

MADISON -- Double-crested cormorant populations on Green Bay and Lake Michigan in northeastern Wisconsin are expected to fall in the coming years. The Natural Resources Board approved plans on Wednesday targeting the large, fish-eating bird that would cut the number of cormorant nests by about one-half on islands on Green Bay and Lake Michigan. About 90% of the state's breeding population lives in these waters. Cormorant numbers have sharply rebounded since they were almost wiped out in...

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2008-01-03 06:00:00

JACKSONPORT, Wis. -- It was a different story when the first "polar bears" took to the frigid New Year's Day waters in Jacksonport 22 years ago. It was 1986, and Lake Michigan was at its historic peak, about 6 feet higher than it was on Tuesday morning. But that's just a number. To get an idea of how much things have changed since then, consider this: Firefighters this year had to string yellow caution tape stretching from the icy shoreline into the lake to protect participants from...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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