HASLETT, Mich. (AP) — Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
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Michigan island residents warned to prepare for deep freeze
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is warning residents of islands in the river connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron in northern Michigan that they could be cut off from ferry service during next week's deep freeze.
Those who live on Sugar and Neebish islands in the St. Marys River as well as Drummond Island in Lake Huron are being urged to stock up on supplies including food and heating fuel in case ice blocks ferry service.
Michigan Sugar Company settles air, water pollution lawsuit
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan beet sugar company will pay $562,500 in fines and environmental restoration costs for air and water pollution violations under a deal with the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Coast Guard commences annual ice-breaking operation
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie says Operation Taconite commenced Monday in response to expanded ice growth in commercial ports along western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Father, son die in house fire on Drummond Island
DRUMMOND ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A man and his 5-year-old son have died in a house fire on Drummond Island in northern Michigan.
Chippewa County authorities identified the father as 30-year-old Kyle Messenger. The fire was reported around 10 p.m. Sunday.
No other details were released. Drummond Island is off the eastern edge of the Upper Peninsula in Lake Huron.
State taking applications for Tawas Point lighthouse keepers
EAST TAWAS, Mich. (AP) — Want to wake up at a Michigan lighthouse?
The state is accepting applications from people who want to be temporary lighthouse keepers next spring and summer at the Tawas Point Lighthouse off the Lake Huron coast.
Each person must pay $75 and put in roughly 70 hours of service over two weeks. In exchange, you get to live in the lighthouse keeper's quarters. The work includes greeting visitors and routine maintenance around the lighthouse.
Trump approves key step toward new Great Lakes shipping lock
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill that's a key step toward building a long-sought shipping lock on the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
Funding authorization for the Soo Locks project was included in a water resources bill that cleared the Senate this month. Trump signed it Tuesday .
2 die in crash in Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula
ALABASTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in a head-on collision in Michigan's northeastern Lower Peninsula.
Michigan State Police say a car and truck collided about noon Friday on U.S. 23 in Iosco County's Alabaster Township, near the Lake Huron shore. Officials haven't released details about what led to the crash or the identities of those who died.
The highway in the area of the crash has been closed during the investigation.
Wisconsin prosecutor’s body identified after Michigan crash
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed the identity of a body found last week in Lake Huron in northern Michigan.
Ronald Dague, a Milwaukee-area prosecutor, died in a plane crash on Aug. 31. The Mackinac (MAC'-in-aw) County sheriff says dental records helped confirm the identity.
Man dies, woman hospitalized after fire on Lake Huron island
BOIS BLANC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say an accidental propane explosion apparently triggered a fire at a cabin on an island in Lake Huron, fatally injuring a man and leaving a woman hospitalized.
Researchers find 1906 shipwreck in Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay
DETROIT (AP) — An international team of divers has discovered the wreckage of a ship that disappeared more than 100 years ago during a storm on Lake Huron.
Wisconsin prosecutor was pilot who died in Michigan crash
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — The pilot who died in a weekend plane crash in Michigan has been identified as a Wisconsin man who was a Milwaukee-area prosecutor.
Ronald Dague was the only person aboard a plane that crashed in Lake Huron. Authorities say the plane had departed an airport in St. Ignace on Friday night for a short flight to Mackinac Island. Plane debris has been found, but authorities still are looking for the pilot's remains.
Plane with 1 person aboard crashes in Lake Huron off UP
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — A small plane with one person aboard has apparently crashed in Lake Huron after failing to arrive at Mackinac Island.
The U.S. Coast Guard says the Piper Lance plane departed an airport in St. Ignace but didn't arrive at the island early Saturday. Lt. Dan Peters says a wing and other debris were found in Lake Huron.
The Mackinac County sheriff's office is leading the recovery.
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — This year's Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron was so slow that the awards were handed out as some competitors still were heading to the finish line.
The Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday under light winds and the weather didn't make for quick progress. Most years the first boats finish on Sunday, but this year the first two finishers didn't arrive until Monday morning.
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The annual Port Huron to Mackinac Island sailboat race on Lake Huron turned out to be a slow one.
The Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race started Saturday under light winds and the weather didn't make for quick progress. Most years the first boats make it across the finish on Sunday, but this year the first two finishers didn't reach the line until Monday morning.
3 Michigan men cross Lake Superior by paddleboard
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan men braved cold waters and unpredictable weather along a daunting paddleboard journey across Lake Superior.
Joe Lorenz, Kwin Morris and Jeff Guy set off Tuesday from Sinclair Cove in Canada and arrived at Whitefish Point in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on Wednesday morning. The 60-mile paddleboard trip is part of a goal to fundraise $20,000 for the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.
Wreckage believed to be from 1997 plane crash found
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities believe they have discovered the wreckage of a small plane that crashed more than 20 years ago in northern Michigan.
The Mackinac County sheriff's office says national forest personnel found the wreckage Wednesday in the Hiawatha National Forest near St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula.
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.
Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. A public hearing Wednesday evening in Mackinaw City drew waterfront property owners, environmentalists and others.
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan regulators will take public comments on a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines.
Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional supports for its Line 5 pipes. They would be attached to the pipes and screwed into the lakebed.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal report greatly improves prospects for building a long-awaited, $1 billion Great Lakes navigational lock needed to ensure flow of raw materials essential for steelmaking and other manufacturing, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other supporters said Friday.
The report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boosts a key benefit-cost score for the proposed project at the Soo Locks on the St. Marys River between Lake Superior and Lake Huron.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The company that operates twin oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac says one of the lines suspected of being struck by a tugboat anchor was dented more than three-fourths of an inch.
Enbridge Inc. official Peter Holran told the Michigan Pipeline Advisory Board in Lansing Monday about the April 1 damage to the pipelines running between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a multi-agency effort to mitigate potential pollution after a suspected boat anchor strike damaged underwater electric cables and oil pipelines in the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan has wrapped up.
Crews finish sealing damaged Great Lakes electric cables
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say crews have finished capping and sealing two electric cables that were severed by a suspected boat anchor strike in the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
A team of investigators led by the U.S. Coast Guard said Monday the cables owned by American Transmission Co. were returned to the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.
The company is working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on a plan to remove them.
Photos show 2 Great Lakes electric cables were severed
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say underwater photos show two electric cables were severed in what Michigan's attorney general says was a tugboat anchor strike in the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a remotely operated underwater vehicle is getting a close-up look at electric cables damaged by what Michigan's attorney general has called a tugboat anchor strike in a channel connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
Agencies led by the U.S. Coast Guard say the vehicle was first deployed Sunday to get visual imagery of the cables at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.
Flint — The Flint Water Treatment plant was not ready to dispense drinking water to residents in 2014 and officials who authorized the switch could and should have returned to better, superior water from Lake Huron, a Genesee County drain official testified Friday.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has sued the company he says damaged electric cables and oil pipelines in a Great Lakes channel by dragging a tugboat anchor across them.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Ingham County Circuit Court against VanEnkevort Tug & Barge Inc. of Escanaba, Michigan.
Correction: Great Lakes-Coolant Spill-The Latest story
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — In a story April 17 about a leak of insulation fluid from electric cables in the channel that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the fluid contained benzene. The fluid contained a benzene compound, which is different from benzene.
A corrected version of the story is below:
The Latest: Tugboat blamed in Great Lakes pipeline damage
Michigan official: Tugboat damaged Great Lakes pipelines
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A tugboat anchor struck underwater oil and electrical lines and caused an insulation fluid spill in the waterway connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron earlier this month, Michigan's attorney general said Tuesday.
Oil flow resumes through damaged Great Lakes pipelines
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — Oil is flowing again through side-by-side pipelines beneath the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.
Enbridge Inc. announced Monday afternoon it has restarted its Line 5, which was shut down over the weekend. The company blamed a power outage. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan had pushed for a temporary shutdown because of high winds and heavy currents in the Straits of Mackinac.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A marine vessel may have caused a leak of coolant fluid from submerged electric cables into the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.
Submerged cables carrying power and fluid between Michigan's two peninsulas were shut down after leaking nearly 600 gallons of coolant fluid into the Straits of Mackinac.
It remains uncertain whether the spill — first suspected on Sunday and detected on Monday — has caused environmental damage in the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, said Joe Haas, district supervisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Submerged cables that carried electricity between Michigan's two peninsulas were shut down after leaking about 550 gallons (2080 liters) of coolant fluid into the waterway that connects Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, officials said Tuesday.
CASEVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials say a community along Lake Huron is working to make its drinking water meet government standards.
WNEM-TV reports recent tests found that the city of Caseville's water system had levels of a disinfection byproduct called trihalomethane that slightly exceeded standards for drinking water.
Flushing – The Virginia Tech researcher who uncovered elevated lead levels in Flint's drinking water testified Monday that he felt mistakes were made during the switch in the city's delivery system from Lake Huron to the Flint River.
Marc Edwards said his research group was "shocked" when members were not able to find higher levels of Legionella pathogens in houses around Flint.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard cutters are breaking ice at several locations in the Great Lakes in preparation for resumption of the commercial shipping season.
The navigational locks at Sault Ste. Marie are scheduled to reopen Sunday after the winter shutdown, allowing shipments of iron ore, coal and other bulk cargo between Lakes Superior and the other lakes.
Au Gres – Small levels of toxic flourochemicals have been found in a drinking-water supply system linked to Lake Huron that serves more than 260,000 people in dozens of Michigan communities.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality disclosed the discovery of the substances on Wednesday in the Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corporation system, MLive.com reported. The system draws water from two points near Au Gres.
Low levels of toxic chemicals found in Michigan water system
AU GRES, Mich. (AP) — Small levels of toxic flourochemicals have been found in a drinking-water supply system linked to Lake Huron that serves more than 260,000 people in dozens of Michigan communities.
Coast Guard assisting vessels stuck in Great Lakes ice
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says five vessels have been stranded by ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.
The Coast Guard says Friday it's sending the cutter Biscayne Bay to assist the vessels on the waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the Great Lakes.
Rising Great Lakes water levels keep Michigan companies busy
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Rising water levels in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are keeping shoreline stabilization, dock and hoist companies in Michigan busy.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for southeastern St. Clair County through Sunday after an ice blockage on the St. Clair River caused the waterway to overflow its banks.
The ice flows and flooding are part of a continued deep freeze that could break a National Weather Service record on Saturday for the most consecutive days with temperatures below 20.
Coast Guard crews launch Operation Coal Shovel icebreaking
DETROIT (AP) — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard crews have kicked off Operation Coal Shovel icebreaking operations in parts of the Great Lakes.
The effort got going Friday. It encompasses southern Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, Detroit River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.
Applicants sought for Tawas Point lighthouse caretakers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — If you've ever dreamed of staying in a Great Lakes lighthouse, here's your opportunity.
The application period is open for the Tawas Point Lighthouse Keeper Program. Those selected can spend two weeks in the keepers' quarters of the historic Lake Huron structure in Tawas Point State Park between May 16 and Oct. 16.
More than 100 mayors oppose nuclear waste storage plan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 mayors and other municipal officials have urged Canada's environment minister not to allow burial of nuclear waste near Lake Huron.
Ontario Power Generation wants to permanently store low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear plants in a rock chamber 2,230 feet underground. The proposed site is at the Bruce Power Generating Station near Kincardine, Ontario.
Columbiaville — On tap this weekend: freshly treated water from Karegnondi Water Authority's new pipeline that pulls from Lake Huron.
It's been a dream to get off Detroit's water system by many here for more than 14 years.
In celebration of that reality, Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright gave an open house and tour of the completed Genesee County Water Treatment Plant on Tuesday.
Projects restore St. Clair River fish, wildlife habitat
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A dozen projects restoring habitat for fish and wildlife in and around Michigan's St. Clair River have been completed.
Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality says fish, birds, turtles and pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies will benefit from the restoration work.
The projects span from the upper river at Port Huron to the Lake St. Clair delta and restored shoreline, wetlands, tributaries and spawning reefs.
Scientists surveying Les Cheneaux Islands fish populations
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan scientists are renewing one of the longest continuous fish surveys in the Great Lakes.
The state Department of Natural Resources this week is collecting fish from channels and bays of the Les Cheneaux Islands, located along the Lake Huron shoreline on the Upper Peninsula's southeastern tip.
They're using nets at stations across the island chain to gather specimens that represent broader populations.
Deep diver discovers historic sunken ship in Lake Huron
CANTON, Mich. (AP) — A whaleback ship believed to have sunk in Lake Huron nearly a century ago has been discovered.
Deep diver David Trotter found the S.S. Clifton in September 2016 after beginning his search three decades ago, WZZM-TV reported .
As kayaking catches big wave, authorities cite rookie risks
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — The conditions seemed ideal: wispy clouds against a blue sky, light wind, temperatures in the high 70s. But two kayakers lasted less than an hour in Lake Huron, making a U-turn back to shore due to choppy waves that couldn't be easily detected from a marina in northeastern Michigan.
"Better to be safe than to be on the news," said Jim Schuster, 60, unfastening his life jacket. "We were taking on water like crazy. We'll live to paddle another day."