Lake Michigan

Jennifer Weingart

 

August is the start of a surfing season on the Great Lakes. Local surfers are gearing up for waves and a few events.

Surfing is usually a sport that people need an ocean for, but the Great Lakes are surfable too.

There are people that surf on Lake Michigan year round. Ryan Gerard, the owner of Third Coast Surf Shop in St. Joe, says this is his favorite time.

“August and going into September we start to see more of those weather systems that we need to bring wind to make waves on Lake Michigan.”

 

New Buffalo’s beach will have lifeguards on a limited basis this summer, despite an effort to drop the program.

Lifeguards will be on the beach on weekends and holidays only, much like they were last year.

Earlier this year city manager Dave Richards proposed a draft budget without the lifeguards on it. A local resident and a few lifeguard organizations protested and the lifeguards were kept on the budget.

Richards said finding lifeguards in New Buffalo is hard.

 

We’ve heard about rising sea levels, but rising Lake Levels?


Concerns regarding lake water levels and coastal erosion in Lake Michigan is rising. Experts at “Coastal Resiliency” workshops in St. Joseph, Michigan are sharing their concerns with a series of “Coastal Resiliency” workshops. These workshops aim to help community members and elected officials in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties learn how to address issues that may arise from rising lake levels.