Raising reefs: Elk Rapids restoration a model for Saginaw Bay projects

  About 450 pounds of limestone cobble was used to restore a reef near Elk Rapids, a favorite spawning ground for lake white trout, cisco and whitefish (Special to the Record-Eagle/ Department of Natural Resources) The solution to a rocky problem off Elk Rapids’ shores — deteriorating spawning grounds for lake trout, cisco and whitefish […]

Lake Erie shoreline erosion under investigation

  Study consultant Peter Zuzek said the study will investigate the effect climate change and erosion are having on the Great Lakes. He said warming trends and increases in storm intensity are being looked at, although the magnitude of each is still to be determined. “We don’t know where the future is going,” Zuzek said, adding […]

First blue ice of 2019 is stacking up in Michigan, but not where you’d expect

Outdoor enthusiasts love the changing landscape features in Michigan and blue ice seems to be one that has caught their attention. So what exactly causes the appearance of blue ice? Apparently, it’s all about a lack of air bubbles, and how our eyes perceive the ice, according to the staff at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, where […]

Middle Grand River designated as one of the first state water trails

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) announced the selection of the Middle Grand River Water Trail as one of the first waterways in Michigan to be a state-designated water trail at the end of 2018. A total of eight waterways, covering over 540 miles that flow through more than a dozen counties, were selected as […]

Farmers, Great Lakes benefit from cover crops

Farmers have used cover cropping for thousands of years. But, when synthetic fertilizer exploded onto the scene in the early 20th century, cover crops fell out of favor. Now we are starting to see an alarming rate of phosphorus entering our Great Lakes through run off from farms, causing algal blooms. Harmful algal blooms are […]