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PIPING PLOVER THREATS

PIPING PLOVER THREATS: Officials at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore are doing what they can to protect an already endangered shorebird from rising water levels in the Great Lakes.  Rising water levels this year have taken even more nesting ground from the birds, and it comes as the plovers prepare for their eggs to hatch.  Shore owners can buy signs on the internet and place them near nesting sites.  Also, dogs should be kept on a leash while walking near Piping Plover nests. Read More 2019 TNN Summer News

L. MICHIGAN WATER LEVELS: 'HIGHER THAN BEFORE, BUT NOT BY MUCH'; L. SUPERIOR AND ERIE SET TO BREAK MAY RECORDS

L. MICHIGAN WATER LEVELS: 'HIGHER THAN BEFORE, BUT NOT BY MUCH'; L. SUPERIOR AND ERIE SET TO BREAK MAY RECORDS Water levels on all Great Lakes rose by more than a half-foot and are forecast to stay well above average this summer, with two lakes expected to break record highs, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Even under a wettest scenario, L. Michigan will remain 3 inches shy of tying the monthly record for June. Read More 2019 TNN Spring News

COASTAL & WATERSHED PROTECTION - E.A.S.T.B TEAM ORGANIZED

COASTAL & WATERSHED PROTECTION - E.A.S.T.B TEAM ORGANIZED The Team will guide the GT Bay Watershed Protection Plan for the Antrim Coast, Elk Rapids to Norwood.  Policies will be considered for economy, community, property values, conservation and environment, as well as threats to the coast and sub-watershed. The condition of reefs, sand supply, shore bird and near-shore macro-biotic life will be assessed. TNN Alongshore Trek will stretch from ER & Eastport to Norwood. Read More 2019 TNN Spring News

THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF ELK RAPIDS’ (AREA) WATER-BASED CULTURE

THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF ELK RAPIDS’ (AREA) WATER-BASED CULTURE Water-based tourism/recreation spending (Antrim County Level) contributed $53.9M to the GDP of Michigan, spawned roughly $8.1M in federal tax income, and $6.6M in state and local tax income in Michigan. The 2017 economic impact due to water-based tourism/recreation in the Elk Rapids (County wide) is estimated at $96.7 Million. In 2017, supported roughly 815 full-time equivalent jobs around the state and was associated with roughly $36.6M in labor income.Read More 2019 TNN Spring News

CHICAGO IS SINKING. HERE’S WHAT THAT MEANS FOR LAKE MICHIGAN AND THE MIDWEST

CHICAGO IS SINKING. HERE’S WHAT THAT MEANS FOR LAKE MICHIGAN AND THE MIDWEST Parts of Canada and northern U.S. once weighted down by a massive glacier are springing back while other parts are sinking; Chicago and southern L. Michigan are sinking 4 to 8 inches per century.  The contour separating the rising part from the falling bisects L. Michigan, on a line from Green Bay, WI to Grand Traverse Bay, MI; the far northern end is rising; the rest is lowering. This tilting effect, means higher lake levels for southern L. Michigan and lower watermarks for northern shorelines. Read More 2019 TNN Spring News