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2009-06-09 15:33:39

Live fish taken from Lake St. Clair in Michigan show no outward sign of a disease that could have killed thousands of fish in recent days, a biologist said. Dead fish, including bass, muskie, perch, smallmouth bass and walleye, have been washing up dead on the shores of the lake and fouling the water for days, The Detroit News reported. The lake, north of Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, lies on the U.S.-Canada border and between two of the Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron. Bob Haas, a state...

2008-07-29 12:00:49

By Tina Lam, Detroit Free Press Jul. 29--The summer's heavy rains may have kept lawns a little greener, but they've made the water along Michigan's beaches a little dirtier. Michigan's swim season is likely to have more beach closures than last summer as heavy rains have flushed sewage and wildlife feces into lakes and streams, raising the E. coli contamination counts that force beach closures, a new report suggests. Statewide, 11 beaches are closed or under health warnings because of...

2008-07-16 09:00:00

By Steve Neavling, Detroit Free Press Jul. 16--Record levels of E. coli recently found in Macomb County waterways couldn't have come at a worse time, public health officials said this week. As potentially dangerous amounts of human and animal feces continue to wash into Lake St. Clair and rivers this summer, causing beach closures, funding is drying up for testing while local, state and federal governments grapple with deficits. Of the 13 employees who monitored the county's E. coli...

2008-06-26 09:02:36

By Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press Jun. 26--It was slow. The 43 boats entered in the Michigan Ontario Muskie Club's annual charity tournament for the Special Olympics were picking and pecking at fish, and aboard Shelby Kristy we were mostly just picking. Two muskellunge had come over the transom, small fish of 24 and 34 inches, the latter fighting so hard and staying deep so long everyone thought it might be a winner. Since then we'd only had a couple of smallmouth bass and some...

2007-08-07 09:16:12

By Kathleen Gray and Tina Lam, Detroit Free Press Aug. 7--A few years ago, when Metro Beach in Harrison Township was closed routinely because of high bacteria counts, it would have been hard to imagine the Lake St. Clair beach in its present state: clean, clear and full of swimmers. But that is the case, mostly because Michigan is suffering a moderate drought. Fewer soaking rains translate into fewer overflows of sewer systems into rivers and lakes where Michiganders swim, play and boat....


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'