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USGS gets new $4 million ship to learn more about Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario is getting a new research vessel. The multi-million dollar ship will gather data across the lake and where it empties into the St Lawrence River. It will be stationed at the U.S. Geological Survey's Biological Station near Oswego.

Supervisor Brian Lantry says the new, 69-foot, deep-water science vessel will replace the 50-year-old ship now used to collect data for a host of research projects on Lake Ontario.

Lantry says the new ship will carry heavier equipment, now used almost exclusively on ocean-going vessels. And he tells Jonathan Brown--because it's so difficult getting those ships on the Great Lakes--the new research vessel will provide more data on Lake Ontario's chemistry, physics and aquatic life.  Go to full article
Grass carp, one of four Asian species now in American waters.
Grass carp, one of four Asian species now in American waters.

Asian carp closer to Great Lakes?

Two New York lawmakers are demanding that U.S. officials shut two Chicago shipping locks to prevent an invasive fish from getting into the Great Lakes. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said Friday they are concerned about the recent discovery of a 20-pound Asian carp in Chicago's Lake Calumet, six miles from Lake Michigan. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article
A dock in Morristown last month, posted by Susan Steffen LaRue to Save the River's Facebook page.
A dock in Morristown last month, posted by Susan Steffen LaRue to Save the River's Facebook page.

Thousand Islands boaters nervous as water level dips

The sun and warm temperatures are starting to bring boaters back to the St. Lawrence River. But especially in the Thousand Islands, they're being greeted by unusually low water levels. A dry winter and warm spring across the Great Lakes is mostly to blame. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers on both sides of the border from clamoring for a new system for controlling water flows. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Jefferson County says no to NYPA plan for off-shore wind farm

The New York Power Authority has targeted zones in lakes Ontario and Erie as potential sites for off-shore wind farms. The zones are all more than two miles from shore, and in 150 feet of water or less.

The power authority hopes for up to 500 megawatts of power, and will accept proposals from private developers until June 1.
One of the zones lies between Galloo and Grenadier islands. Another stretches south from Galloo along the eastern end of Lake Ontario. NYPA CEO Richard Kessel came to Watertown this week to ask for the county legislature's support. As Martha Foley reports, he didn't get it.  Go to full article

"Golden Crescent" epicenter of wind farm battles

This week, Iberdrola Renewables revealed plans to build 75 wind turbines in the St. Lawrence County town of Hammond. The windmills would be 66 feet taller than those on the Tug Hill Plateau. Many would be visible from the St. Lawrence River.

From Hammond upriver to Clayton, Cape Vincent, and around the shoreline of eastern Lake Ontario, developers want to build hundreds of windmills. One plan for a wind farm on Galloo Island already has approval of the Jefferson County legislature.

The New York Power Authority is in on the "wind rush," too. NYPA wants to install at least 120 megawatts of wind power in the waters of Lakes Ontario and Erie. Local residents refer to the eastern Lake Ontario region as "The Golden Crescent." Critics of the wind farm plans say windmills will scare away the tourists and anglers who drive the local economy. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
DEC chief Pete Grannis, left, with Clayton town supervisor, Justin Taylor.
DEC chief Pete Grannis, left, with Clayton town supervisor, Justin Taylor.

New York pushes for better water levels management

Friday, the community of Clayton celebrated the completion of a $2.5 million clean-up of prime waterfront on the St. Lawrence River. Frink America's former snowplow plant polluted eight acres of riverside property in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Town supervisor Justin Taylor says the clean-up took almost ten years. The redeveloped property may include a hotel, multi-family residences, businesses, and a riverwalk. The head of New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, Pete Grannis, came to Clayton to deliver the official certificate of completion in person. Grannis stayed in Clayton Saturday for Save the River's Winter Weekend. He updated the members of the environmental group on the stalled study to control water levels on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. In 2008, the International Joint Commission finished a 5-year, $20 million review of water levels and issued a new plan for controlling them. But then the IJC rescinded that plan, put the whole project on hold, and went back to the bargaining table. Grannis told David Sommerstein that was due to strong opposition from New York.  Go to full article

Book Review: "Living Waters"

For those of us in the North Country the St. Lawrence River is a summer playground or the wide water below us when we take the bridge to Canada. For author Margaret Wooster, the giant river is part of the Great Lakes watershed, and an ecosystem in danger. Betsy Kepes reviews Wooster's book Living Waters, Reading the Rivers of the Lower Great Lakes.  Go to full article
Cedric Audette-Campbell. Photo by Lucy Martin.
Cedric Audette-Campbell. Photo by Lucy Martin.

Heard Up North: Cedric Audette-Campbell, Windsurfer

It may be easier to windsurf in warmer climates, but that doesn't stop people up north from loving the sport too. Cedric Audette-Campbell spoke just before participating in the Canadian Windsurfing Championship taking place in Kingston, Ontario this week. He's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Tom Bintz
Tom Bintz

Bass opener Saturday

Small mouth bass season opens in the North Country tomorrow, and there are a couple of fishing derbies in Jefferson County this weekend. Pillar Point and Henderson Harbor host bass and walleye tournaments. When he's not busy beach combing along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, artist Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, loves to fish. He gave Todd Moe his forecast for the season opener.  Go to full article

Budget money for big lakes

The Environmental Protection Agency's budget has a lot of money for green energy projects, dealing with climate change and creating green jobs. But as Lester Graham reports, the EPA will also deal with old fashioned environmental issues such as pollution.  Go to full article

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