Latest Lake Michigan News

Group works to protect Michigan's Point Betsie Lighthouse

Feb. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site's shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan's high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan's shoreline,...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

Evers seeks federal disaster declaration for 3 counties

Feb. 11, 2020 3:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday submitted a federal emergency declaration for three southeastern Wisconsin counties for $10 million in damage caused along the shore of Lake Michigan by winter storms last month. Evers asked President Donald Trump's administration for the declaration to cover...

Indiana seeks to dismiss suit limiting Lake Michigan access

Feb. 8, 2020 10:16 AM EST

PORTER, Ind. (AP) — The state of Indiana is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by three lakefront property owners looking to limit public access to Lake Michigan beaches. The lawsuit, filed in early December, asks the federal court in Hammond to undo the Indiana Supreme Court's landmark 2018 Gunderson v....

File- This Sept. 20, 2017, file photo shows Peter Secchia speaking at the dedication ceremony of Michigan State University's new Grand Rapids Medical Research Center. Secchia, a major figure in the Michigan Republican Party whose Lake Michigan property is eroding, suggested that political donations would fall unless GOP lawmakers do something to help, according to a memo. The Grand Rapids businessman, has been a Republican donor and activist for decades. His name is on the state party headquarters in Lansing, and he served as U.S. ambassador to Italy when George H.W. Bush was president. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)

Memo: Political donations at risk without action on erosion

Feb. 7, 2020 3:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A major figure in the Michigan Republican Party whose Lake Michigan property is eroding suggested that political donations would fall unless GOP lawmakers do something to help, according to a memo. Peter Secchia, a Grand Rapids businessman, has been a Republican donor and activist for...

In this Jan. 14, 2020, photo, Rita Alton stands next to her house on the edge of a cliff overlooking Lake Michigan near Manistee, Mich. When her father built the 1,000-square-foot, brick bungalow in the early 1950s, more than acre of land lay between it and the drop-off overlooking the water. But erosion has accelerated dramatically as the lake approaches its highest levels in recorded history, hurling powerful waves into the mostly clay bluff. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, swamping communities

Feb. 7, 2020 10:14 AM EST

MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — Rita Alton has an unusual morning routine these days: Wake up. Get dressed. Go outside to see if her house is closer to tumbling down an 80-foot (24.4-meter) cliff into Lake Michigan. When her father built the 1,000-square-foot (93-square-meter), brick bungalow in the early 1950s...

Chicago flooding spurs local, state disaster proclamations

Feb. 6, 2020 7:06 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday issued disaster proclamations stemming from flood damage along the Lake Michigan shoreline. The local and state proclamations issued Thursday were aimed at boosting funding for recovery and rebuilding efforts along more...

Experts say old infrastructure is hurting US steel mills

Feb. 1, 2020 12:38 PM EST

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Aging infrastructure could be adversely affecting operations at steel mills along the Lake Michigan shoreline in northwestern Indiana, according to experts. An explosion rocked ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor in East Chicago just after Christmas and damaged a furnace and control room. Gary...

Evers declares state of emergency after flooding, storms

Jan. 31, 2020 4:16 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers declared a state of emergency in southeastern Wisconsin in the wake of severe winter storms that struck the region. The governor issued an executive order declaring an emergency in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties in response to the storms Jan. 10-12. High winds...

Suit filed to stop seawall that could protect 2 homes

Jan. 30, 2020 11:29 AM EST

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (AP) — A group of western Michigan homeowners are fighting a seawall that could prevent two houses from tumbling into Lake Michigan. The wall will interfere with their ability to co-use the neighborhood’s shared beach area, according to some members of the Dunes Homeowners...