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In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo, waves from a storm batter the Lake Michigan shoreline along Beverly Shores, Indiana. Leaders of several communities along Indiana's Lake Michigan shoreline are calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to declare a state of emergency and funding aid to fight erosion as near record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to local tourism. (Rafi Wilkinson via AP)

Communities urge Indiana to help fight Lake Michigan erosion

Mar. 28, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BEVERLY SHORES, Ind. (AP) — Leaders of several communities along Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline are calling on Gov. Eric Holcomb to declare a state of emergency and help with funding to fight erosion as near-record high water levels continue sweeping away beaches important to tourism. Beverly...

Residents enjoy the warm weather with a stroll along the Lakefront Trail near Oak Street Beach, Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2020, in Chicago, despite a stay-at-home order from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
 (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Lack of social distancing leads to closure of parks, trails

Mar. 27, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

OAK PARK, Ill. (AP) — It was a sunny day, the first in about a week when temperatures had climbed past the 50-degree mark, and people in Chicago did what they always do on such a day: They flocked to the shores of Lake Michigan. Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not consider that the kind of postcard perfect scene...

People enjoying warm weather with a stroll along the Lakefront Trail Trail near North Avenue Beach, Wednesday afternoon, March 25, 2020, in Chicago, despite a stay-at-home order from Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.
 (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago mayor thinking about closing city trails, parks

Mar. 25, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday that the sight of crowds along Lake Michigan despite a statewide stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the coronavirus has her considering shutting down the city's parks. "When we have masses of people out there as I just saw ... it's a...

South Haven marina closing due to high water levels

Mar. 21, 2020 9:39 AM EDT

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — High water levels have sunk the boating season for a southwestern Michigan marina. The Northside Municipal Marina in South Haven is closing this year due to an electrical system compromised by rising water, WOOD-TV reported. Anyone coming in contact with the water could be shocked...

Body found in Lake Michigan near area where teen vanished

Mar. 20, 2020 9:12 AM EDT

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — Divers have recovered a body in Lake Michigan in an area of Holland State Park where a teenage girl from Flint vanished in January after a large wave swept her into the lake. Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies were called the park’s north pier Thursday on a report of what...

Traverse City-area pier scraps plans for cruise ships

Mar. 15, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

GREILICKVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A waterfront project along Lake Michigan is scrapping plans to pursue the cruise ship business. Discovery Center & Pier previously announced plans to transform a coal dock at Grelickville near Traverse City into a site that ships could use to land passengers. But CEO Matt...

Ogden Dunes to spend $150K for Lake Michigan erosion repairs

Mar. 15, 2020 10:27 AM EDT

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana town along Lake Michigan has approved spending $150,000 for expert input and emergency repairs to protect homes from sliding into the water. It could take up to $10 million to rebuild the seawall that is meant to protect homes on the east side of Ogden Dunes, according...

Lawmakers OK bill cementing landmark Lake Michigan ruling

Mar. 14, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have passed legislation to embrace a landmark state Supreme Court decision affirming that the Lake Michigan shoreline is publicly owned and open to all for recreation. The General Assembly gave its final approval Wednesday to the bill, which covers the core holdings of...

Indiana community battling shoreline erosion files lawsuit

Mar. 8, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana community along Lake Michigan has filed a federal lawsuit over its battle with shoreline erosion, saying the town's infrastructure is in danger of “total destruction.” Ogden Dunes residents argue protections previously installed are exposed to Lake Michigan...

In this Wednesday March 4, 2020, photo, the Lake Champlain ferry

Ferry company seeks to sink old vessel in Lake Champlain

Mar. 7, 2020 2:43 PM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A ferry company that transports passengers and vehicles across Lake Champlain between Vermont and New York wants to see a century-old vessel turned into an underwater scuba diving destination just off the Burlington waterfront. The Lake Champlain Transportation Company is hoping to...