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Cormorant Control Spreads West

Cormorants are large, fish-eating birds. They were nearly wiped out by the now-banned pesticide DDT. They began to colonize Little Galloo Island on the eastern end of Lake Onratio in the early 1970s. Their populations have flourished - too much so for commercial and recreational fishermen. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has been studying cormorants' diets and habits since the 80s. They began shooting cormorants to control the growing population in the mid-90s. Now, eggs are oiled and nests destroyed every spring, and some birds are shot by DEC personnel. New York began working on cormorant control with other states along the Great Lakes in the mid-90s, as the birds continued to expand their reach. The Great lakes radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill explores one lake Superior community's experiment in cormorant control.  Go to full article
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse

Saving the American Eel

For centuries, the American eel dominated the waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Only 50 years ago, the snake-like fish accounted for half of the biomass of Lake Ontario. Today it has all but disappeared. Researchers and fishermen see the decline as a shrill warning about changes in climate and the environment. And they say now is the time to do something about it. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.
Yellow areas are included in CREP program.

Farmers Get Help Protecting Creeks

The state and federal government Wednesday announced $62 million to help New York farmers protect rivers and streams from agricultural run-off. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point.  And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).
Captain Honk hits the shoreline on Pillar Point. And displays his latest fish art made from coconuts and seashells (below).

The Joy of Junk: Beachcombing with Captain Honk

You've heard the phrase "one person's trash is another's treasure". A North Country angler and artist who spends most of his time on Lake Ontario turns junk found along the shoreline into fish sculptures. It's just one of the hobbies that keeps Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, busy as he divides his time between fishing, travel, art and demolition derby competitions from the North Country to the Florida Keys. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Water To Aid Montreal

The binational board that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River announced last week it will release more water from the St. Lawrence to accommodate ships arriving at the Port of Montreal. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

IJC Report Calls for More Action

A commission that monitors the environmental health of the Great Lakes says current trends fall short of protecting the Great Lakes from pollution. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush reports.  Go to full article

Canada Debates Revival Of Nuclear Power

At a recent meeting in Detroit, the G-8 energy ministers were looking for alternatives to non-renewable resources such as oil and gas. Nuclear energy was high on that list of alternatives. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, at least, renewing the drive towards nuclear power is becoming too costly.  Go to full article

Water Levels Cut Into Marina Business

Researchers from Cornell University are asking marina owners along the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario how changes in water levels affect their businesses. The survey is part of a study to update a 45 year old plan for controlling water levels in the region. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

Cleaning the "North Coast"

David Sommerstein talks with Linda Gibbs, Natural Resources Coordinator for the New York State Tug Hill Commission, about last weekend's "North Coast" conference in Rochester. Agencies and citizens are looking for ways to clean the shoreline of Lake Ontario, from Cape Vincent and Sackets Harbor in the East to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the West. Much of the water from the Tug Hill drains into Lake Ontario.  Go to full article

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