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FISH EGGS SUFFOCATE IN LAKE MICHIGAN REEFS

FISH EGGS SUFFOCATE IN LAKE MICHIGAN REEFSMany Great Lakes reefs have been smothered by invasive Quagga & Zebra mussels, leaving (fish) eggs exposed and vulnerable to predators.  Near river mouths and tributaries, scientists say these reefs are being buried by sand and silt, the result of higher precipitation, soil erosion, runoff and climate change.  EDITOR’S NOTE: MDEQ restored a reef near Elk Rapids’ Harbor – Cisco fishing is great.  Over 15 more miles of reefs were flattened by polar vortex ice of 2013-15 destroying fish habitat and storm barriers. Read More 2019 TNN Spring News

ICE ON THE SHORE AFFECTS FLOODING AND EROSION

ICE ON THE SHORE AFFECTS FLOODING AND EROSION Stable shore-fast ice limits or wholly prevents waves from eroding the coast.  Ice cover reaches its maximum extent in late February. There is minimal ice cover this winter.  Open water allows more evaporation, which contributes to lowering the Bay. Though evaporation is just one factor, more ice blocks evaporation and contribute to keeping water levels higher thus more spring erosion. Read More 2019 TNN Winter News

EAST ARM SUBWATERSHED OF TRAVERSE BAY - E.A.S.T.B - - - YOU ARE INVITED -

EAST ARM SUBWATERSHED OF TRAVERSE BAY - E.A.S.T.B  -  -  - YOU ARE INVITED - TNN Board of Directors invites East GT Bay coastal & inland residents from Norwood to Elk Rapids – full time and seasonal - to join a small team to plan objectives/content for Coastal & Watershed Protection for East Bay. The Watershed Center in TC, which is updating the full GT Bay Plan, agrees with a local team and including coastal priorities.  Supervisors in Elk Rapids, Milton, Torch Lake and Banks Townships support a local team; also the  Antrim Conservation District.  Please RSVP by Email before April 15 to TNN.Mich@gmail.cominclude name, local address and cell phone. You may also submit concerns and/or success stories which prevented runoff, reduced excess water use or corrected prior pollution. Read More 2019 TNN Winter News

KNOW YOUR WATERFRONT PROPERTY RIGHTS

KNOW YOUR WATERFRONT PROPERTY RIGHTS In summer, you may find yourself sharing the beach at your cottage with neighbors or the public.  So it’s important to know what your rights are along the water. Great Lakes Coast rules are different from inland lakes rules. Property owners along GT Bay have full use of the beach to water’s edge; can use Bay waters the same as neighbors, members of the public for recreation. This beach walker on Lake Superior just east of Marquette is probably in the right. Read More 2019 TNN Winter News

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - WATER UP 4 INCHES FROM LAST WINTER

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS - WATER UP 4 INCHES FROM LAST WINTER The Lake Superior Board of Control continues excessive discharge from Lake Superior to Lake Michigan-Huron.   According to a ROWI estimate, L. Superior would be 8 in. lower if the Canadian Long Lac/Ogoki diversions into L. Superior were restored to flow northeast to the Arctic not south into the Great Lakes. Read More 2019 TNN Winter News