Information on the latest changes in water quality near you

Sweep Away The Muck & Mess From Your Lake Bottom

Muck is by far the toughest obstacle to overcome in any lakefront situation.  It can prevent you from ever leveling your boatlift, creating a stable walking surface on your dock and is very unpleasant to swim around or step into.  Muck can force people to resort to floating dock options, floating lift options, or forgo and dock or lift all together.  There are so few options of how to beat back muck and work around it but there are a couple [...]

By |2019-04-02T18:35:30+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Boat Lifts, Docks, Environment, Installs & Removals, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on Sweep Away The Muck & Mess From Your Lake Bottom

LilliPad Marine Funnels

Fueling your boat can be a difficult and dangerous endeavor for many people and holding heavy gas cans out over your boat can be hard if you are not strong.  For those of us that want a little more safety and control or those of us that are older and just need a little assistance, there is the all-new LilliPad Marine Funnel. These high-grade funnels allow you to easily transfer fuel from whatever container you are using into your watercraft safely [...]

By |2019-03-18T18:11:07+00:00March 18th, 2019|Boat Lifts, Docks, Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, Maintenance, New Products, News|Comments Off on LilliPad Marine Funnels

Sea Lampreys In Our Great Lakes

Sea Lampreys invaded our pristine Great Lakes in the late 1800s as our country developed a series of canals to link the shipping lanes in all the Great Lakes.  The first sighting was in 1835 in Lake Ontario.  By the mid-1930s they made their way to the upper Great Lakes.   There are 5 distinct species of sea lampreys in our waters today, 4 are native to our waters but the sea lamprey is a true invader.  Sometimes misidentified as eels they [...]

By |2019-03-14T16:51:41+00:00March 14th, 2019|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Sea Lampreys In Our Great Lakes

Ice Fishing Tips, Tricks & Safety

Ice fishing is a tradition in many northern states of the United States.  With the robust amount of natural inland lakes and cold weather during the winters we often get many inches of ice on lakes allowing for all kinds of fisherman to enjoy the sport all year long.  People build little ice towns out on the ice, shanties with heaters and places to escape the wind while you fish through a small hole in the ice at your feet.  [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:18+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, New Products, News|Comments Off on Ice Fishing Tips, Tricks & Safety

AlumiStair: Fight Back Against Coastal Erosion

With water levels near all time highs in the Great Lakes, the southern coasts of Lake Michigan have seen sever erosion to the dunes that line the shores of west Michigan due to a 17 inch increase over historic averages.  The water has pushed up against the dunes themselves, undercutting the support of the sand and causing small landslides.  The trees that grow on top of the dunes begin to have their roots exposed and eventually the tree falls to the [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:43+00:00December 28th, 2018|Environment, New Products, News|Comments Off on AlumiStair: Fight Back Against Coastal Erosion

PFAS: Chemicals In Our Water

If you live in Michigan and have listened to the news lately, it is likely that you have heard about the various instances of PFAS contamination in our water.  With PFAS showing up in at 30 different sites at affecting 15 different communities.  PFAS is an extremely dangerous chemical to humans and wild life that lingers in the environment for so long they are referred to as "forever chemicals."  It has the ability to build up at the surface of the [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:50+00:00December 18th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on PFAS: Chemicals In Our Water

Birds of the Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes Region has one of the most diverse and beautiful collection of waterfowl in North America.  With 3000 miles of coast line in Michigan, dozens of species, various mating and breeding habits as well as migration routes there are plenty of opportunists to spot these birds all year round.  This collection of birds attracts bird watchers, casual viewers and hunters a like every year. Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, this is the primary law protecting [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:46:59+00:00December 17th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Birds of the Great Lakes Region

An Itchy Situation: Swimmers Itch

If you have spent a lot of time in the water throughout your life then you have probably encountered swimmers itch.  Swimmers itch is a common problem that can affect anybody that enters the water where the flatworm's desired hosts reside in high numbers.  Flatworms are small creatures that mistakenly burrow into your skin and then die, causing the itchy red bumps that appear on our skin.  Flatworms are a natural part of the marine environment however can be a nuisance [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:47:10+00:00December 13th, 2018|Environment, News|Comments Off on An Itchy Situation: Swimmers Itch

The Dangers of Swimming in Water Contaminated with E. Coli

E. Coli is a problem for many lakes and beach goers every summer.  The bacteria can run off during large storms down into the rivers and then flow into the lakes, contaminating the surrounding beaches.  E. Coli can often be a warning sign that other, even more dangerous kinds of bacteria may be in the water such as typhoid, cholera and dysentery.  This is why local communities are very active in shutting down beaches for the public's safety at the first [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:47:17+00:00December 13th, 2018|Environment, News|Comments Off on The Dangers of Swimming in Water Contaminated with E. Coli

Fishing Requirements In Michigan

Fishing has long been a cherished pastime in Michigan and all of the surrounding Great Lakes states. With over 11,000 different lakes in Michigan alone.  Fishing is a great source of fun and adventure for the experienced or junior sportsman; with that in mind here are some rules, procedures and laws that everyone looking to fish michigan's waters should be aware of.  The first thing the sportsman must do is purchase a valid fishing license from a local license retailer or [...]

By |2019-03-12T19:47:43+00:00December 12th, 2018|Environment, Laws, Safety and Regulations, News|Comments Off on Fishing Requirements In Michigan