ThumbWind.com is Tracking MUCK Incidents on the Great Lakes


If your beach is awash with fowl smelling green or grey MUCK we want to know about it. We will be tracking MUCK sightings throughout the 2012 summer season and tracking the MUCK flotsam to present to the Lake Huron lake Management Plan (LaMP). LaMP is an organization of USEPA and NGOs, non-profits that focus specifically on Great Lakes water quality. Please fill out the form below.

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MSU Microbiologist Confirms Animal & Human Waste in Lake Huron


Bad Axe, Huron County, Michigan – The Huron Daily Tribune reports that during the Huron County Board of Commissioners meeting a report was highlighted by Dr. David Swenson from Michigan State University. Joan Rose,a MSU microbiologist has determined the bacteria in the lake are from both animal and human waste,” said Swenson. “The animal waste is from runoff from area farms and there’s no acceptable reason to have it getting into the lake because there are technologies available to take care of that.”

The news comes just has tourist season begins in the Upper Thumb. This report comes on the heels of earlier story’s at ThumbWind of Algae Blooms that can be seen from space and the problem of muck in Saginaw Bay.

Details can be found in the Huron Daily Tribune

Google-backed Wind Power Line Clears Hurdle


Transmission Lines

From 2012- The Chicago Tribune is reporting that a proposed Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) line has passed its first regulatory hurdle.  The $5 billion transmission line to send power from wind farms off the East Coast cleared a hurdle, allowing the Google backed project to move to the next step in the approval process, officials said. The AWC, which would transport up to 7,000 megawatts of power, is also backed by a private company called Good Energies, and Japan’s Marubeni Corp.

The project faces regional and federal regulatory hurdles which backers hope to clear within two years so it can nail down financial agreements and start transmitting power by the end of 2017. Google is investing 37.5% of the equity in this initial development stage, with the goal of obtaining all the necessary approvals to finance and begin constructing the line. When completed, the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) backbone will stretch 350 miles off the coast from New Jersey to Virginia and will be able to connect 6,000MW of offshore wind turbines. That’s equivalent to 60% of the wind energy that was installed in the entire country last year and enough to serve approximately 1.9 million households.

This compares to the Thumb Loop transmission line project now underway in Michigan’s Thumb region.

Google –  The wind cries transmission

Chicago TribuneGoogle-backed wind power line clears hurdle.


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Wind Lease Holders Look to Exit Lake Twp After Defeat at the Polls – Updated


Succession from Township

From 2012 – Huron County, Michigan – During a monthly meeting held at the Chandler township hall it was revealed that several landowners holding wind lease agreements wish to cede from Lake Township. The move by these landowners looks to be a result of the 207 to 128 defeat by Lake Township voters of a wind zoning ordinance favorable to wind development. The wind leaseholders are requesting their properties scattered within the first 2 plus miles of Lake Twp north of Kinde Road be transferred to Chandler Township to allow for wind energy development based upon Chandler Twp’s favorable zoning regulations to wind development. It’s unclear if these landowners are homestead residents of Lake Township.

Chandler Township is part of the Harvest Wind II project consisting of 33 wind turbines being developed by Exelon Wind LLC. DTE has also announced its intention to begin work on a 70 turbine project also located in Chandler Township.

Lake Township Could Shrink by 30% under Proposed Land Transfer

The Huron Daily Tribune is reporting that Lake Township is at risk of losing up to 4,000 acres in a proposed transfer to Chandler Township sought by property owners holding wind lease agreements.  If the agreement is ratified by both township boards, Lake will cede over  1/3 of its total acreage to Chandler Township.  Lake Township’s size is currently 13,248 acres.


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