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Whale in the Bay

Whale in the Bay - We have all heard the idiom, ‘elephant in the room’, to draw attention to an ignored truth or issue.  But what of the large truth for Grand Traverse Bay waters? The Whale in the Bay is that the Grand Traverse Bay food chain has been decimated by invasive deep-water Quagga mussels.  Quagga are not being killed and removed. Read More 2020 TNN Winter News

The Last Inch, A Commentary

The Last Inch, A Commentary -  As surging Great Lakes threaten Michigan, homeowners beg Canada for help.  Lakes Michigan-Huron are about 3 feet above average vs. ¾ foot for Lake Superior.  At either extreme - high or low water - the last inch of water has a much greater impact than fluctuation of two - three feet in the middle of the 6½ foot range! Read More 2020 TNN Winter News

What is a “Riparian Buffer” and Why is it Important?

What is a “Riparian Buffer” and Why is it Important?A riparian buffer is the area of land directly adjacent to a waterway (lake, stream, river, wetlands).  In contrast to common use along the Bay, this buffer consists of three parts:  Outer, Middle and Lakeside.  Properly functioning buffers sequester a lot of carbon and reduce the force of high winds. Read More 2020 TNN Winter News

East Bay Aquatic Life

East Bay Aquatic Life -   A TNN Field study shows there are very few macro-invertebrates found near the East Bayshore due to the lack of diverse habitat for colonization. Game fish are at the top of the food chain. With DONOR SUPPORT, the study will be conducted at several more sites.  Students will do paid field work under direction of a scientist. Read More 2020 TNN Winter News

US Army Corps of Engineers Water Level Forecast

US Army Corps of Engineers Water Level Forecast:  L. Michigan-Huron predicted water levels for February 1st are an inch higher than a month ago; 2 inches lower for L. Superior. Levels are above record high monthly average by 1 and 3 inches respectively. March 2 levels are expected to decrease 3 inches for L. Superior and 1 inch for L. Michigan-Huron.  Read More 2020 TNN Winter News