Buffalo Newspaper Opinion Article Lauds Lake Erie, Shows Concerns for Ecological Health

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Buffalo Newspaper Opinion Article Lauds Lake Erie, Shows Concerns for Ecological Health

The Great Lakes are an amazing natural resource, and no one respects them more than Cheryl Peluso. In an opinion piece published in on March 23rd in the Buffalo News, she explains about how her daughter and daughter’s husband, visiting from El Paso, stood in awe on the shores of Lake Erie.

“I think my son-in-law captured in that comment what we fail to appreciate about where we live. Of course, every place on earth is unique, but ours is, I believe, very special. We have not just one but two of the five Great Lakes close at hand. They provide this seemingly endless amount of fresh water. Of course, the view meant even more to a couple coming from West Texas. Instead of water they have desert.” She said, going on to mention “The view when flying into El Paso is little different from looking at a child’s sandbox. And in the Southwest, lack of water is becoming an ever-increasing problem. The two biggest water storage areas, Lakes Mead and Powell, are each down more than 100 feet from full capacity.”

Later in the article, she explains about the ecological stresses being placed on the lakes, especially Lake Erie which has “dead zones in the lake where the oxygen is depleted to the point at which no aquatic life can exist. Despite the work of people like Sharen Trembath, who annually clean our beaches, we have a build-up of plastic microbeads in the water. Asian carp threaten to join other invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, round gobies and sea lamprey. Botulism is killing aquatic birds. And this winter, waterfowl were dying of starvation along the frozen lake.”

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Winter Ice Causes Problems for Great Lakes Shipping

Slow start expected to Great Lakes shipping season because of weather  From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140323/METRO06/303230022#ixzz2wtKILyaG

Shipping on The Great Lakes is due to start Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, but the recent cold winter and huge ice flows that have build up around the region may keep giant freighters that normally would be carrying the means to hundreds of tons of commerce from maintaining their normal paths.

“It may be a little more difficult to get the ice off of the gates this year, but they’ll open on time,” said Lynn Rose, a Detroit-based spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that enables ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.

“It appears to be rather challenging out there right now,” said Chuck Leonard, operations manager for the Pere Marquette Shipping Company in Ludington, which specializes in transporting bulk materials, such as stone, pig iron and lumber.

“We’re looking going out in early April,” Leonard said. “We’re going to wait for a little bit more of the ice to dissipate before we go into the fray.”

“We would much prefer there wasn’t any ice out there and then we could get out there and work. You have good winters and you have bad winters and we got a hard one this year.” Leonard would go on to say.

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Ice on the Great Lakes is Happening Faster Than Ever

Ice build up on lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior is happening at an alarming rate during winter 2013/14. Experts have notices that the lake water has frozen faster and at a more expansive rate than in recent years and, barring any unpredicted spikes in Winter temperature, will continue to do so.

“Meteorologists at the weather center have been tracking freeze-ups since 1978, and say it’s the second fastest freeze-up ever recorded. The ice jams are causing problems with ships on Lake Superior. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson says a trip from Minnesota down to Indiana is now taking six to seven days, as opposed to the normal three days.” DoorCountyDailyNews.com reports

Ice Coverage Grows On Great Lakes

from NOAA

Ice Coverage Grows On Great Lakes

Ice Coverage on Lake Erie

Lake Superior went from 14 percent ice cover on January 1 to 37 percent ice cover on January 10. Lake Michigan went from 19 percent ice cover on January 1 to 36 percent ice cover now. Lake Huron went from 32 percent ice to 46 percent ice coverage in the same time frame, while Lake Erie had 25 percent ice cover on January 1 and is now 87 percent covered in ice.

The Great Lakes Region Gains Wetlands, Is Only Area in US Report Says

Great Lakes Wetlands

photo from Great Lakes Information Network

The Great Lakes Region Gains Wetlands, Is Only Area in US Report Says

According to a Federal Report, the Great Lake Region is the only area in the United States to gain wetlands. Wetlands that increased included run-offs from Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Ontario.

“If there’s a cure-all for the Great Lakes, wetland restoration is just about the highest on the list as anything gets,” said Cameron Davis, a senior adviser with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Huffington Post “The gain was modest — 13,610 acres, an area not quite as large as the New York City borough of Manhattan. Yet it happened as the rest of the nation’s coastal wetlands shrank by 360,720 acres. The loss amounted to less than 1 percent of the U.S. total, but continued a longtime negative trend.”

The article goes on to report that “Experts say the gains in the Great Lakes region reflected in the study resulted partially from a prolonged drop in water levels, which created new wetland areas as vegetation sprouted along shorelines in places that had been submerged. Some of that acreage could disappear if the lakes rise again in coming years, said Tom Dahl, a scientist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and one of the report’s authors.

A list of the ecoregions in the Great Lakes Region Includes

  • Northeastern Highlands
  • Erie/Ontario Lake Plain
  • Northern Appalachian Plateau Uplands
  • Eastern Corn Belt Plains
  • Huron/Lake Eric Plains
  • Southern Michigan/Northern Indiana Clay Plains
  • Central Corn Belt Plains
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Till Plain
  • North Central Hardwood Forests
  • Northern Lakes and Forests
  • Lake St. Joseph Plains
  • Nipigon Plains
  • Thunder Bay Plains
  • Superior Highlands
  • Matagemi
  • Chalpeau Plains
  • Nipissing
  • Hurontario
  • Erie
  • Saint Laurent

To read the Report, click here.

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May 23rd, 2013

Kristine Morris, a contributing writer for GT Insider, a publication of Morning Star Publishing, has recently written an article about The Great Lakes Book Project and its editor, Walter Blake Knoblock. The article outlines Knoblock, his efforts to create the book, and the stories outlined in it. You can read the entire article here. We hope that this will spark regional sales, as the book is currently available at several retail locations in Grand Traverse County.

If you are interested in receiving a copy of The Great Lakes Book Project for review or have further inquiries, please e-mail Blake@thegreatlakesbookproject.com


Review of The Great Lakes Book Project

by Scott Kennedy

Published earlier this year, The Great Lakes Book Project is quickly becoming a success. The project started as a simple idea, but Walter Blake Knoblock transformed it into his first published work. He chose to complete this project in a book format because he felt it was the right way to present a collection of short literary works based upon the Great Lakes and the region as a whole. Since Knoblock is from Traverse City, Michigan, most of his connections are from the state of Michigan. Thus making the Great Lakes Book Project have a majority of its short stories by Michigan authors about their experiences in the great lakes state.

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The Great Lakes Book Project is featured in AwesomeMitten.com!

It’s always great for Michigancentric companies to work together! Thank you to our friends at AwesomeMitten.com for their gracious write-up!

“However, what makes Knoblock’s project remarkable is the devotion to preserving the bodies of water that envelop our state. The project, expected to be published around Christmas, promises to donate the proceeds toward helping preserve The Great Lakes. The project includes a wide variety of writers from the Midwest that all share memories of the most wonderful resource our state enjoys.” (read more)