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Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Great Lakes are massive and awe inspiring. But they are also at risk from issues like invasive species, plastic pollution, and toxic algal blooms if we do not take care of them. Boaters are deeply connected to the Great Lakes and are at the front lines of their protection. Each year, tens of thousands of volunteers and advocates

tags: Great Lakes, Charity, Environmental Impact

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Preliminary results from surveys in the western basin of Lake Erie indicate more great news for Ohio anglers, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The 2020 walleye and yellow perch hatches are both above average and continue an exceptional era of fish production in the western basin of

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing, Lake Erie

Friday, September 11, 2020

After 30 years of pollution cleanup and restoration efforts, the Lower Menominee River Area of Concern has been removed from an international list of the 43 most polluted places on the Great Lakes. This AOC is Wisconsin’s first of five to be delisted. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

A new video from Wildlife Forever, funded in part by a BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant shows watersport boat owners how to easily follow “Clean, Drain, Dry” at the boat ramp to help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Support for the video also came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

tags: Boating 101, Environmental Impact, Water Toys

Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy recently confirmed the presence of European frog-bit, an aquatic invasive plant, in four lakes within the Waterloo Recreation Area in Jackson and Washtenaw counties and one impoundment in the Dansville State Game Area in Ingham County. Aquatic invasive species have the potential

tags: Boat 101, Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The multi-agency Buffalo Reef Task Force is moving forward with its ongoing campaign to protect the valuable fish spawning and rearing habitat in and around the natural 2,200-acre reef, situated off the eastern coast of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Over the past roughly 100 years, historic copper mine tailings from the Wolverine and

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Lake Superior

Monday, August 24, 2020

Have you ever wondered how old, discarded fishing line is recycled and reused? You may be surprised to learn that turning fishing line into new products is labor intensive, requiring a series of workers to comb through, sort, clean, remove hooks and weights, and separate out miles of encrusted debris in entangled fishing line. There

tags: Beyond the Great Lakes, Environmental Impact, Fishing, Promotions & Giveaways

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

With the move to phase 2 of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Program to address the disposal issue of recreational boats, project managers have released “Facing the Legacy: Lifecycle Solutions for Fiberglass Boats.” The short video shares the compelling story of how those efforts have evolved into

tags: Beyond the Lakes, Environmental Impact, Law & Politics

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed legislation creating more opportunities for quality outdoor recreation by authorizing $28.7 million in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants. "Over the past months as Michigan continues to combat COVID-19, we've seen just how important having access to public land, developed parks, trails

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Law & Politics

Friday, August 7, 2020

Sharing shorelines with four of the five Great Lakes, fisheries-wise what happens in Michigan definitely doesn’t stay in Michigan. The Wolverine State has developed a fantastic Great Lakes sport fishery, which includes native lake trout, brown trout, steelhead, and several salmon species that have been introduced to our inland

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Dept of Natural Resources, Environmental Impact, Fishing

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