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For the Great Lakes, It's a Historic First
For the Great Lakes,
It's a Historic First
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For the Great Lakes, It's a Historic First

Waukesha, Wisconsin, becomes first community outside Great Lakes basin to receive lake water

(Newser) - For the first time, water from the Great Lakes is flowing to a community outside the Great Lakes basin. Waukesha, Wisconsin, a Milwaukee suburb of about 70,000 on the shores of the Fox River, has been working for decades to transition its water supply as the river, its previous...

Flamingos Show Up Way North for First Time Ever

Five of them appear in Wisconsin, along a Lake Michigan beach

(Newser) - Five flamingos that showed up in Wisconsin to wade along a Lake Michigan beach attracted a big crowd of onlookers eager to see the unusual visitors venturing far from their usual tropical setting. The American flamingos spotted Friday in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, marked the first...

Schooner That Sank in 1881 Found Intact in Lake Michigan

The Trinidad's crew survived, reaching Wisconsin shoreline

(Newser) - Shipwreck hunters have discovered the intact remains of a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan in 1881 and is so well-preserved that it still contains the crew's possessions in its final resting spot miles from Wisconsin's coastline. Wisconsin maritime historians Brendon Baillod and Robert Jaeck found the 156-year-old...

Boating Accident Kills 1, Injures 6 in Lake Michigan

Craft hit breakwall in high waves and capsized, officials say

(Newser) - A woman was killed and six other people were hospitalized after a boat struck a Chicago breakwall early Friday and capsized in Lake Michigan amid strong winds and high waves, authorities said. Chicago Deputy District Fire Chief Jason Lach said there was "a huge increase in wind and wave...

3-Year-Old Dies After Horrific Alleged Push by Aunt

Victoria Moreno shoved 3-year-old Josiah Brown off Chicago pier, watched him sink, prosecutors say

(Newser) - Update: A 3-year-old boy who authorities say was pushed off Chicago's Navy Pier into Lake Michigan by his aunt has died, the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office has announced, per the Chicago Sun-Times . The child, identified as Josiah Brown, was pronounced dead just after 10:15am on Sunday,...

Army Is Creating a 'Zone of Chaos' for Invasive Carp

They hope acoustic, bubble, and electric barriers will keep them out of Lake Michigan

(Newser) - The US Army Corps of Engineers wants to send a message to invasive carp trying to enter the Great Lakes through Chicago-area waterways: Welcome to Hell. The Biden administration has released funding for a project that will create a "zone of chaos" for the unwanted fish, reports....

'Large, Battering Waves' Forecast for Chicago

National Weather Service warns of potential flooding at southern end of Lake Michigan

(Newser) - The Chicago shoreline and other areas around Lake Michigan will be a very dangerous place to be on Wednesday and Thursday, forecasters warn. The National Weather Service says "large, battering waves" up to 16 feet high could hit the area, driven by northerly winds of up to 45mph, CNN...

His Last Act: Saving 2 Kids From Drowning

Missouri's Thomas J. Walker failed to emerge from Lake Michigan on Sunday

(Newser) - A Missouri man jumped into Lake Michigan to save two children from drowning, but was unable to save himself. Thomas J. Walker, 40, died Sunday after rescuing the two boys, who were his relatives, at the lakefront in Racine, Wisc., per CNN and TMJ4 . He'd entered the water near...

Chicagoan Jumps Into Lake Michigan for 365th Straight Day

Bus driver started the plunges to ease tension and 'find moments of Zen'

(Newser) - A Chicago bus driver looking for a way to relieve stress during the coronavirus pandemic jumped into Lake Michigan for a 365th straight day on Saturday. Dan O'Conor said he started jumping into the lake at Montrose Harbor on the city's North Side last year to deal with...

Huge Wave Sweeps Teen Into Lake Michigan

16-year-old is presumed drowned

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl visiting Lake Michigan for the first time is missing and presumed drowned after apparently being swept into the water by a large wave, authorities said. Eliza Trainer, of Flint, and an 18-year-old friend were knocked into the lake off Holland State Park about 11:30pm Wednesday, according...

Steel Plant Spills Cyanide, Ammonia Into River

Locales on Little Calumet River, Lake Michigan unhappy with late notice

(Newser) - What took so long? That's what residents and municipalities on the Little Calumet River and nearby Lake Michigan are wondering in regard to notification of a chemical spill into the water, reports CBS Chicago . The ArcelorMittal steel plant has apologized for the leak of cyanide and ammonia into the...

Wife Dead, Husband Missing in Lake Michigan Diving Accident

Man who failed to surface is presumed dead

(Newser) - An Illinois woman is dead and her husband is missing, presumed dead after a diving accident in Lake Michigan off the shore of Milwaukee, officials say. The Coast Guard says Susan and James Winn, both 53, were diving with three others around 17 miles from the shore on Friday, Fox...

Talk About a Fish Tale: This One's a Doozy

Divorced man attaches wedding ring to fish, and it's re-caught at a tournment

(Newser) - "I didn't know steelhead get married," a fisherman quipped Friday after a fish was pulled from Lake Michigan with a wedding band fixed to its tail with a zip-tie. The Chicago Sun-Times unravels the mystery: Four years after his divorce, fishing guide Jason Rose felt his wedding...

Lake Michigan Kayaker Gets a Shock
Lake Michigan
Kayaker Gets a Shock

Lake Michigan Kayaker Gets a Shock

Chicago man met a 4-foot alligator on Monday

(Newser) - A kayaker hoping to reel in some salmon on Lake Michigan instead found himself face-to-snout with a 4-foot alligator on Monday. David Castaneda was fishing off Waukegan Harbor when he spotted the reptile swimming slowly with its mouth taped shut, reports the Lake County News-Sun . "I was just in...

Men Trying to Save Child Drown in Lake Michigan

Woman taken to hospital, child was unharmed

(Newser) - Two men drowned while trying to rescue a child struggling in powerful currents in Lake Michigan on Saturday. David Halford, 37, and Kyle Reibly, 26, were among a group of four that entered the water at Wells Street Beach in Gary, Ind., after the child around 2:30pm. "We...

US Names 1st Marine Sanctuaries in 15 Years

And Chile creates the 3rd-largest ocean reserve in the world

(Newser) - President Obama declared new marine sanctuaries in Lake Michigan and the tidal waters of Maryland on Monday, while Chile blocked off more than 200,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean—what it said is the third-largest marine reserve in the world—near the world-famous Easter Island from commercial fishing...

Man Posing for Photos Along Lake Michigan Drowns

Earl Helmuth, an Amish man, did not know how to swim

(Newser) - On Saturday night a 24-year-old Indiana man posed for photos alongside the woman he was due to marry; it was the last thing the two would do together. Earl Helmuth was swept off a lighthouse pier in Michigan City, Ind., by a wave thought to be at least 7 feet...

Shipwrecks Are Now Visible in Lake Michigan

Clear, post-winter water views allow Coast Guard copter to nab photos of old wrecks

(Newser) - The clear-blue, post-winter waters of northern Lake Michigan have disclosed some of their hidden history to a US Coast Guard crew, which took a series of photos Friday of shipwrecks lying on the lake bottom in the waters off the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The Grand Rapids Press reports...

Divers Solve Mystery of Upside-Down Shipwreck
Divers Solve Mystery of Upside-Down Shipwreck

Divers Solve Mystery of Upside-Down Shipwreck

Broken rudder put William B. Davock 'at mercy of storm' in 1940

(Newser) - The William B. Davock sank on what's been termed "the most disastrous day in the history of Lake Michigan shipping," but why the freighter and its 32 crewmen went down amid 80mph winds and 30-foot waves has been a 75-year mystery. WZZM reports a sudden blizzard blew...

Nuke Plant Leaked Oil Into Lake Michigan for 2 Months

Cook plant isn't sure how much it spilled

(Newser) - A nuclear plant leaked oil into Lake Michigan for almost two months, and although the oil wasn't contaminated with radiation, safety groups are alarmed by how long it took the plant to spot the leak. Officials at the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant in southwest Michigan reported the problem...

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