Wednesday, May 6, 2009


SANDUSKY, OH – Recreational boaters and marina operators can save space at local landfills and help support Ohio roadway projects simply by recycling their plastic shrink wrap when removing their boats from winter storage. To make this effort easier, at least seven Lake Erie marinas have agreed to serve as collection points for recycled boat shrink wrap.

The project is coordinated through leadership of the Ohio Clean Marinas Program and its participating partners, which include the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Boaters may bring their marine shrink wrap for dropoff at the following locations mid-April through mid-June:

Beaver Park Marina, 6101 W. Erie Ave., Lorain; Brenner 75 at Harrison’s Marina, 3840 N. Summit St., Toledo; Catawba Landing, 2021 NE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton; Geneva State Park, Geneva; Sandusky Harbor Marina, 1 Huron St., Sandusky; Spitzer Riverside Marina, 485 California Ave., Lorain; and Venetian Marina, 2035 First St., Sandusky.

During the first three years of the program, which began in 2006, approximately 720,000 pounds of boat shrink wrap was collected from more than 100 marinas in the Lake Erie region (all participating again this year) and kept out of community landfills. This amount would cover an area approximately equal to a 13-foot wide strip of plastic covering Ohio’s 312 shoreline miles of Lake Erie. When recycled, this plastic has produced 103,000 highway guardrail blocks, now protecting 120 miles of Ohio’s highways.

To further encourage boaters to bring their boat shrink wrap to an Ohio Clean Marinas collection site this season, participants also may enter a drawing to win a product gift certificate from West Marine.

Additional information on the shrink wrap recycling program and the Ohio Clean Marinas Program can be found online at and by calling 419.609.4120.

For Further Information Contact:
Colleen Wellington, Coordinator
Ohio Clean Marinas Program

Boaters reminded to help stop aquatic hitchhikers

With the onset of the 2009 boating and fishing season, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking boaters and anglers to keep up their good work in minimizing the spread of aquatic invasive species.

By taking a few simple steps when leaving a lake or river, boaters and anglers can do their part to help stop the spread in Minnesota waters of several aquatic hitchhikers, such as Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels.

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DNR Tests More Lakes for VHS Fish Virus

wbay - may 5

Two years ago, viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS virus, was first discovered in fish in Lake Michigan and the Lake Winnebago system.

Because Lake Superior and the Mississippi River are both connected to Lake Michigan, the deadly fish virus is also suspected in those bodies of water although it hasn't been confirmed.

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Boating banned as lake gets unwanted guests

naperville sun - may 6

With an uninvited guest making its waters home, Deep Quarry Lake at West Branch Forest Preserve remains off limits to boaters.

Don LaBrose, a fisheries biologist with the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, said, "They're still deciding, but my guess is the ban will continue through summer."

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Support needed to keep Great Lakes initiative afloat

newark advocate - may 6

One of the benefits of electing a president with an ecological agenda who has lived in a Great Lakes state is the commitment to lakes restoration in the 2010 budget that Congress approved Wednesday.

Emerging intact was President Barack Obama's promise to upgrade the health of the planet's largest group of freshwater lakes. The president has put the first-year price tag at $475 million. Now, it's up to legislators to follow through with appropriations for a project vital to the well-being of our region's most precious resource.

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Report: St. Clair River impacts on Upper Great Lakes Water levels

superior telegram - may 5

For two years, more than 100 Canadian and U.S. scientists and engineers have worked together to address important questions posed by the International Joint Commission (IJC) regarding the St. Clair River system:

Has the conveyance or water-carrying capacity of the St. Clair River changed, and if so, why?

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Event raises funds for Great Lakes museum

detroit news - may 5

Many Metro Detroiters know it simply as the little blue building with the vintage Miss Pepsi hydroplane in the window on the far side of Belle Isle.

The island's Dossin Great Lakes Museum houses our region's storied maritime history. Last Friday, the Detroit Historical Society hosted its fifth annual gala to raise funds for the museum, which exhibits one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world.

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