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Grand Traverse Bay Officially Frozen
| February 13, 2019 | 5:16 pm | Point of (Water) View Blog | Comments closed

Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GRAND TRAVERSE BAY OFFICIALLY FROZEN
SIXTH TIME THE BAY HAS FROZEN IN THE LAST 20 YEARS

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – February 13, 2019 – Grand Traverse Bay officially froze on Wednesday, February 13, according to The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. The bay is considered frozen when west bay freezes up to Power Island for at least 24 hours.

In 2018, the bay was declared frozen on February 11 and remained frozen for 14 days before thawing. This marks the sixth time the bay has frozen over in the past 20 years, according to Heather Smith, Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® at The Watershed Center.

“Back in the early to mid-1900s the bay froze 70-90% of the time,” said Smith. “Around 1990, we started to see fewer years of ice cover. Annual variation in ice cover is due to weather patterns, with changes in climate impacting the long-term trends. This decrease in ice cover is not unique to our region. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that annual average ice coverage declined 71% from 1973 to 2010 in all five of the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair.”

Besides providing recreational opportunities such as ice fishing and skating, wildlife can reap the benefits of the frozen bay, too. “Ice coverage can be helpful for some fish species, such as white fish, whose eggs may be protected from winter storms,” said Smith.

There will be variations in the thickness of the ice. As such, Smith urges extreme caution on all bodies of water, including east and west bay.

The Watershed Center will continue to monitor conditions on the bay and will keep the official log of the number of frozen days through the season.

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The Watershed Center is a non-profit organization that advocates for clean water in Grand Traverse Bay and acts to protect and preserve its 1,000-square mile watershed, which covers portions of Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim, and Kalkaska counties. Learn more at www.gtbay.org.

 

Discovery Center Great Lakes to Host Volunteer Open House on February 2
| January 25, 2019 | 9:16 pm | Point of (Water) View Blog | Comments closed

Contact:
Shelli DiFranco
The Watershed Center
sdifranco@gtbay.org
231.935.1514 ext. 5
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

DISCOVERY CENTER GREAT LAKES TO HOST VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE ON FEBRUARY 2

EVENT WILL FEATURE FIVE WATER-FOCUSED NONPROFITS

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – January 25, 2019 – The Discovery Center – Great Lakes is hosting a volunteer open house on Saturday, February 2 from 11am – 3pm. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to visit each participating nonprofit’s location on campus.

“We are thrilled to gather together to promote volunteering in our community,” said Tom Maynard, Impact Manager at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum. “Our hope is that anyone with an interest in volunteering and a passion for the Great Lakes can find an opportunity to use their talent and time in 2019.”

There will be five water-focused nonprofits in attendance: The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Inland Seas Education Association, Maritime Heritage Alliance, Traverse Area Community Sailing, and The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. Volunteer opportunities will range from individual events to regular commitments.

“Volunteering is fun and is a great way to really engage with your community and meet new people with similar interests,” said Heather Smith, Grand Traverse BAYKEEPER® at The Watershed Center. “We have a number of volunteers who donate their time and energy as a way to express their passion for clean water.”

The volunteer open house will take place at 13240 SW Bay Shore Drive in Traverse City.

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The Discovery Center’s mission is to create and maintain a collaborative educational facility where children, youth, and adults can learn the value of historic preservation, the importance of environmental stewardship, the joy of discovery, and the pleasure of water-based recreation as well as to provide support to the member water related charitable organizations for their respective operations and missions. For more information, visit www.discoverycentergreatlakes.org.

Join TWC by Submitting Comments to MDEQ to protect the Kids Creek Watershed
| September 11, 2018 | 8:05 pm | Point of (Water) View Blog | Comments closed

Join The Watershed Center by submitting comments to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to keep hot, chlorinated water from the Kids Creek watershed. You can submit your comments here: https://miwaters.deq.state.mi.us/miwaters/#/external/publicnotice/info/-5582586569611917861/details

Here is a draft comment:

Dear Michigan Department of Environmental Quality,

I have concerns over Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons’ request for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

I stand with The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay and their four recommendations:
1. Require year-round water quality monitoring.
2. Require appropriate temperature standards.
3. Prohibit overflow into Kids Creek Tributary AA.
4. Expand photographic monitoring requirements.

I request the DEQ modify the permit conditions to more adequately protect Kids Creek and its wetland network. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
[Your name]