Catch of the Day
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying the microscopic anatomy of the paddlefish for possible military applications, like better armor, ship design and sensor arrays.
The fish, which is native to many Great Lakes states, has a long nose-like feature called a rostrum that detects the weak electric fields of tiny zooplankton. Its unique skeleton is also made up of star-shaped bones that make it flexible and yet resilient.
The study is an example of bio-inspiration, the examination of an organism’s adaptations in nature, such as gecko’s feet or a spider’s …
The dependent relationship between energy and water is important, but in a water-rich state like Michigan, it’s easy to overlook. Skip Pruss discusses the water-energy nexus and its potential impact on the future of the Great Lakes. Pruss is a Principal at 5 Lakes Energy and former Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Current State: Water-energy nexus in the Great Lakes Basin by Great Lakes Echo
The Great Lakes coastline is one of the longest in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The federal agency compared the total miles of Great Lakes coastline with the total miles of the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coastlines.
Here’s how it stacks up against the Atlantic coastal states:
Here’s how the Great Lakes coasts stack up against the Pacific coast states. If it wasn’t for Alaska, the Great Lakes coastline would dominate these states:
And it’s not even a contest when compared to the Gulf Coast states:
More information can …
A proposed bill making its way through the Michigan legislature aims to put tighter limits on the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Commission.
The DNR’s website says the agency promotes bio-diversity on state land by identifying, restoring and managing “those natural places or ecosystems in Michigan that, together, best represent the diversity of Michigan’s biological heritage.”
Republican state Sen. Tom Casperson’s bill, SB 78, would prohibit the DNR from implementing its “Biodiversity Stewardship Area” program, which he claims would severely preclude human activity on the land. He says the …
It’s been almost five months since Hurricane Sandy unleashed destruction in the eastern United States, but the recovery for the Great Lakes region is just getting started.
Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army, confirmed that the Great Lakes region would receive approximately $19 million.
A group of Midwest senators wrote to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in February, petitioning for federal aid to repair Great Lakes ports, harbors and waterways damaged by the hurricane.
“While the Great Lakes navigation system is threatened due to underfunding, which has been worsened due …
Associate Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and editor of Great Lakes Echo, David Poulson, discusses the collaboration between Echo and Current State. This week’s segment features the 100- year study.
It’s been a century since the International Joint Commission conducted a Great Lakes wide bacteriological study. Scientists are now looking to recreate the 1913 study. The 100 years study will assess how water quality in the Basin has changed over time. Lead researcher, Dr. Joan Rose, is the Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research, Co-Director of the Center for Water Sciences, and …
Snow and Ice: A Northern Michigan Winter from Jason Whalen on Vimeo.
Jason Whalen strapped on his snowshoes, loaded his camera equipment onto a sled, and set out for the snow-covered wilds of the north coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to capture the icy beauty of its winter months.
“I’ve always seen pictures of the frozen waterfalls, and ice caves there, but never had the chance to go myself before,” the Lansing-based videographer said, “I had a free weekend, so I went up there to record them so that others could share …
If you live in Detroit, easy access to fresh Great Lakes bluegill and catfish could be closer than you think.
Just donate to Food Field’s FISHSTARTER! campaign.
Noah Link and his partner, Alex Bryan, created Food Field by transforming an abandoned Detroit school site into a four-acre urban farm.
Since their first full growing season in 2011, they’ve expanded to grow organic produce, produce honey, raise chickens and ducks and maintain a fruit orchard.
One avenue they’ve yet to explore is fish farming through aquaponics: a movement that’s seen success in places like Milwaukee …