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2007-12-08 06:00:00

By Daly, Pete GRAND HAVEN - Business was good this year for some of the charter fishing operators on Lake Michigan - in spite of expensive gasoline, a weak Michigan economy, smaller salmon, and threats from invasive species and fish diseases. Key to their success is how many chinook salmon customers catch. "As far as tourism and charter fishing, the big hype is on (chinook) salmon," said Dick Stafford, who runs a charter business out of Gladstone near Escanaba, and who is president of the...

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2007-08-15 16:30:00

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Erosion caused by dredging and other human activities on the St. Clair River is causing Lakes Huron and Michigan to lose 2.5 billion gallons of water daily, according to a private Canadian study. Like a bathtub drain, the artificially deepened river is funneling vast amounts of water into Lake Erie, where it flows east to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River before eventually being lost to the Atlantic Ocean, says the study released Tuesday. Sponsored by the...

2007-08-14 22:58:32

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - A "drain hole" in the St. Clair River caused by dredging and other commercial projects is costing Lakes Huron and Michigan a combined 2.5 billion gallons of water each day, according to a Canadian study released Tuesday. That exceeds the amount diverted from Lake Michigan to provide Chicago's daily water supply, the Georgian Bay Association said. The group based its findings on water level data compiled by U.S. government agencies. The association first reported on...

2007-07-09 18:04:05

PORTER, Ind. (AP) - Wind, a lack of rain and generous sunshine have combined to keep beaches on the southern shore of Lake Michigan bacteria-free and inviting to swimmers so far this summer. Beach closings due to high E. coli levels have been virtually nonexistent, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore officials have found little to worry about when they test the lake's water. The National Lakeshore, which tests water samples on a weekly basis, has yet to find any samples from its beaches...

2007-07-08 12:12:57

Elevated E. coli levels has caused a four-fold increase in Lake Michigan beach closings this year, it was reported Sunday. High temperatures, a few rainy downpours and sea gull feces may have contributed to the closings and a dozen additional advisory alerts, the Chicago Tribune reported. The most likely reason is due to the rain we've been having, said Laurel O'Sullivan, the Great Lakes campaign coordinator for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Fourteen Chicago beaches have...

2006-07-05 12:48:27

Corrects ranking of Great Lakes in paragraph three as source of freshwater from world's largest to second-largest after Siberia's Lake Baikal. By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO (Reuters) - Several massive vessels have run aground on Michigan's Saginaw River this shipping season, caught in shallow waters a few miles from Lake Huron. The river port is as shallow as 13 feet in a passage that is supposed to be 22 feet deep, a sign of low water levels in North America's five Great Lakes --...

2006-07-04 00:34:58

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO (Reuters) - Several massive vessels have run aground on Michigan's Saginaw River this shipping season, caught in shallow waters a few miles from Lake Huron. The river port is as shallow as 13 feet in a passage that is supposed to be 22 feet deep, a sign of low water levels in North America's five Great Lakes -- Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Water levels declined in 1998 and have remained low, forcing ships to take on lighter loads and...

2006-07-03 10:15:00

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO (Reuters) - Several massive vessels have run aground on Michigan's Saginaw River this shipping season, caught in shallow waters a few miles from Lake Huron. The river port is as shallow as 13 feet in a passage that is supposed to be 22 feet deep, a sign of low water levels in North America's five Great Lakes -- Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Water levels declined in 1998 and have remained low, forcing ships to take on lighter loads and sparking...

2006-02-20 08:25:00

By Andrew Stern CHICAGO -- Fish that leap into passing boats may be a fisherman's fantasy, but scientists fear that hyperactive Asian carp will reach the U.S. Great Lakes, devour the base of the food chain and spoil drinking water for 40 million people. In less than a decade since escaping southern U.S. fish farms, the hardy and voracious carp have come to dominate sections of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. "It is a crisis," said Phil Moy of the University of Wisconsin and the...

2005-08-07 12:16:39

CHICAGO (Reuters) - At Chicago's newest downtown "hotel," guests can swim out, but will they ever leave? Friends of the Chicago River, an environmental group, cut the ribbon on Saturday on the city's first "fish hotel," off the Michigan Avenue bridge at the south end of the city's Magnificent Mile shopping district. The hotel is actually a series of small gardens -- some floating and others submerged -- densely planted with wetland vegetation that should be more inviting to urban fish...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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