High waters bringing pieces of Lake Huron shipwrecks ashore
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Rising water levels in the Great Lakes are bringing pieces of shipwrecks ashore along Michigan's Lake Huron shoreline.
Poe Shipping Lock reopens after repair work completed
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A shipping lock that enables cargo vessels to move between Lake Huron and Lake Superior has reopened after closing earlier Monday for repairs.
Study: Michigan has more sand dunes than previously known
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Researchers say Michigan may have more than twice as many sand dune acres as previously known.
Alan Arbogast of Michigan State University recently oversaw development...
PORT SANILAC, Mich. (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued two men from the hull of a capsized boat on Lake Huron.
Crews found the men about 2 a.m. Friday about 14 miles offshore from Port...
MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — The roughly 200 sailboats participating in this year's annual Port Huron to Mackinac race experienced heavy rain and wind as well as more agreeable conditions on...
Annual Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race underway
PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — About 200 sailboats and 1,600 sailors are on their way from Port Huron to Mackinac Island following the start of the annual Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race on Lake...
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three historic Great Lakes lighthouses owned by the federal government are going on the auction block.
They include Lake Huron's Poe Reef lighthouse. That...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Research crews are conducting fish population surveys on Michigan's Great Lakes waters this summer and fall.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the teams...
PORT AUSTIN, Mich. (AP) — It's a sheriff's version of a little free library. But in Huron County, the box holds life jackets, not books.
A life jacket station has been set up in Port Austin...
BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Wind-driven water caused more flooding in southeastern Michigan along western Lake Erie following recent rainfall that contributed to high water levels in the Great...
ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — Government researchers are using sonar to map the bottom of portions of Lake Huron.
The Alpena News says the work is underway off Presque Isle County. The National...
ALGONAC, Mich. (AP) — Recent rainfall, high water levels in the Great Lakes and persistent winds are contributing to flooding in southeastern Michigan.
HASLETT, Mich. (AP) — Close to 10 million chinook and coho salmon swim in Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
There were none when Howard Tanner started as the chief of the Michigan...
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.