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Make Sure Michigan's Voice is Heard on Asian Carp

All,

The below links provide info on a very important issue in the Great Lakes Region.  NACO has been involved in the Asian Carp issue for many years and has provided comments and requests to Governmental and others on this issue.  The links below provide much info on the most recent proposed U.S. Corp of Engineers draft plan to help prevent the further spread of this dangerous invasive species.  Those who live close enough to the locations for the public hearings should attend.  Others need to send their comments on the plan to the address listed in the link.  Instructions to register and to comment are provided.

There is also a copy of a letter from Senator Stabenow (MI) to Capt. Dennis Grinold about the issue.  NACO will be providing comments on this and request any guidance from members or others in the region.

Thank you,
Capt. Bob Zales, II
President

http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd/

http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1270147/corps-releases-draft-report-related-to-preventing-spread-of-asian-carp-into-the/

Dear Dennis,

I am writing to make you aware of an upcoming public meeting in Muskegon on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ draft plan for stopping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Thanks to your help, we successfully pressured the Administration to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to release this overdue proposal on ways to stop Asian carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a critical choke point for fighting invasive species in the Illinois River. This structure is 47 miles south of Chicago.

I’m asking for your help again, this time to make sure Michigan’s voice is heard loudly and clearly to ensure the strongest possible solutions are implemented at Brandon Road to keep Asian carp from reaching our Great Lakes. With an Asian carp recently discovered just miles from Lake Michigan, we need strong, effective solutions at Brandon Road implemented as quickly as possible. 

The Army Corps of Engineers is holding this meeting on Thursday, September 14, at 3:30 p.m.at Muskegon Community College (Collegiate Hall, 221 S. Quarterline Road). You must register online to speak or ask a question during the meeting. The following link includes details about the hearing, including how to register to speak: 

http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd/public-meetings/

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can still submit your comments at this link:

http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd/draft-comments/

This is the only meeting that the Army Corps will be holding in Michigan about this plan so now is the time to make our voices heard!   

Please feel free to forward this notice to others. Whether you comment regarding the urgency of the issue, the need for more specific recommendations, or the potential economic impact of inaction on our state's $7 billion boating and fishing industry, your voice matters.   

Sincerely,

Debbie Stabenow

Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
The United States Senate • Washington, DC 20510
stabenow.senate.gov
 
 
 

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Make Sure Michigan's Voice is Heard on Asian Carp

All,

The below links provide info on a very important issue in the Great Lakes Region.  NACO has been involved in the Asian Carp issue for many years and has provided comments and requests to Governmental and others on this issue.  The links below provide much info on the most recent proposed U.S. Corp of Engineers draft plan to help prevent the further spread of this dangerous invasive species.  Those who live close enough to the locations for the public hearings should attend.  Others need to send their comments on the plan to the address listed in the link.  Instructions to register and to comment are provided.

There is also a copy of a letter from Senator Stabenow (MI) to Capt. Dennis Grinold about the issue.  NACO will be providing comments on this and request any guidance from members or others in the region.

Thank you,
Capt. Bob Zales, II
President

http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd/

http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/1270147/corps-releases-draft-report-related-to-preventing-spread-of-asian-carp-into-the/

Dear Dennis,

I am writing to make you aware of an upcoming public meeting in Muskegon on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ draft plan for stopping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Thanks to your help, we successfully pressured the Administration to allow the Army Corps of Engineers to release this overdue proposal on ways to stop Asian carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, a critical choke point for fighting invasive species in the Illinois River. This structure is 47 miles south of Chicago.

I’m asking for your help again, this time to make sure Michigan’s voice is heard loudly and clearly to ensure the strongest possible solutions are implemented at Brandon Road to keep Asian carp from reaching our Great Lakes. With an Asian carp recently discovered just miles from Lake Michigan, we need strong, effective solutions at Brandon Road implemented as quickly as possible. 

The Army Corps of Engineers is holding this meeting on Thursday, September 14, at 3:30 p.m.at Muskegon Community College (Collegiate Hall, 221 S. Quarterline Road). You must register online to speak or ask a question during the meeting. The following link includes details about the hearing, including how to register to speak: 

http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd/public-meetings/

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can still submit your comments at this link:

http://glmris.anl.gov/brandon-rd/draft-comments/

This is the only meeting that the Army Corps will be holding in Michigan about this plan so now is the time to make our voices heard!   

Please feel free to forward this notice to others. Whether you comment regarding the urgency of the issue, the need for more specific recommendations, or the potential economic impact of inaction on our state's $7 billion boating and fishing industry, your voice matters.   

Sincerely,

Debbie Stabenow

Debbie Stabenow
United States Senator 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow
The United States Senate • Washington, DC 20510
stabenow.senate.gov
 
 
 

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Coast Guard Backs Off, But Tells Lake Erie Charter Captains to Start Complying With Rules

The U.S. Coast Guard said it will work with Lake Erie charter fishing captains to help them get their boat papers in order, but will give them time to comply without citing them.

Charter captains of small, six-passenger boats complained that they faced $40,000 fines and the threat of missing most of the fishing season for not having papers documenting that their boats were made in the United States. Two captains of small fishing boats made by SportCraft and a tugboat operator were cited in May, the Coast Guard said, and three charter owners filed papers asking the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration to waive the U.S.-build document requirement. 

But the waiver process can take two to three months, putting the charter operator out of business for that time.

 

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Coast Guard Warns of Debris in Lakes Erie, Ontario

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to be on the lookout for large logs and other debris washed into the waterways by recent heavy rains.

Coast Guard officials tell local media outlets in Buffalo and Rochester that the objects often float just below the surface of the water and can be difficult to spot.

 

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Proposal to Expand Thunder Bay Boundary from 448 sq miles to 4,300

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes to expand the boundary of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (TBNMS or sanctuary) and revise the corresponding sanctuary terms of designation. The proposed new boundary for TBNMS would increase the size of the sanctuary from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles and would extend protection to 47 additional known historic shipwrecks of national significance. A draft environmental impact statement has been prepared for this proposed action. NOAA is soliciting public comment on the proposed rule and draft environmental impact statement.

Comments will be considered if received by August 13, 2013. 

Public hearings will be held at 6 p.m. in the following locations:

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Buoy Camera Catches Waves and Sunsets on Lake Michigan

A weather buoy that got its start thanks to Holland area businesses and groups is now broadcasting video at regular intervals three miles offshore of Port Sheldon in about 85 feet of water.

“This webcam is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes and is capable of transmitting high-resolution images and video clips over the Internet on a regular basis,” said Ed Verhamme, project engineer of LimnoTech, an Ann Arbor environmental engineering company.  Video clips and images are updated every two hours between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.

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Unusually High Numbers of Fish Dying in Many WNY Waterways

Officials of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service have been taking samples of dead fish in the Erie Barge Canal, along Old Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Amherst.

According to the DEC, an unusually high number of fish – mainly of the species known as the gizzard shad – have been dying off in Lake Erie and other local waterways, from Dunkirk to Wilson. During the months of April and May, DEC officials received many phone calls from people who have found the fish lying on beaches and floating in waterways throughout the region.

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Poison Larvae of Sea Lamprey

Federal wildlife workers will go after one of the Great Lakes’ greatest invasive pests this week when they poison the larvae of sea lamprey in a stream feeding Lake Michigan.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans treatments for Tuesday through next Sunday in the Mitchell Creek stream bottom. The creek flows through Traverse City State Park before entering Grand Traverse Bay’s east arm. The park is in Grand Traverse County’s East Bay Township, east of Traverse City.

 

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Input Wanted on Lake Michigan Plan

The Department of Natural Resources is asking anglers, commercial fishers and fish enthusiasts for input on the future of Lake Michigan.

Wisconsin's Lake Michigan fishery is guided by a 10-year plan. The current plan expires in 2013.

The agency is particularly interested in thoughts on how to keep sport and commercial fisheries strong in the face of ongoing and emerging changes to the lake.

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