July 2017

MUD Club

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI

Meeting starts at 7:30 p.m.

(3rd Tuesday of every month except December)

July Meeting:

Normal Meeting sequence is as follows:

  1. Introduce Visitors.
  2. Present Specific Club Information
  3. Identify dive events upcoming or planned. (Dives & Road Trips)
  4. Identify & discuss diving related news important to divers.
  5. Present any Show & Tell.
  6. Attendees speak about current diving experiences or lessons learned.
  7. Open session.

 June Meeting Highlights:

There was 8 members present and no guests. Treasurer reports that we are still solvent. Reminders about the Club Picnic on August 19th, Flats Trip begins for some August 29, and the River Clean Up in Niles is scheduled for Saturday, September 23. First grubbing treasure from the river in Niles: a bike recovered by Jake Thar. Several dives since then indicate a fast current, dirty water and low visibility, and trees and limbs in all parts of the river creating snagging and impaling hazards, so be careful out there. Richard Curtis continues to dive with the SASS group and others and has mentioned the high weeds in Paw Paw Lake and Round Lake. Wreck dives completed by Muddies and others include the Ann Arbor #5, Lake 16, Indian Lake, Wrecks of the Hume, Rockaway, and Havana. Discussion of the two events at White Star Quarry one of which was a heart attack and the other a panic ascent. Since Roma’s is closed no one was eating out afterwards.

Editor Note: Rather than waiting until next month, it would be nice to know who will be attending the club picnic, brining grills, and staking out an area for us. Also, please contact Jim Scholz if you are going to participate in the River Clean Up. It’s imperative to know if there will be sufficient support for this activity. Will you be there as a participating diver or as surface support hauling junk to the individuals’ tarp? Having wheel barrows available is very helpful for those providing shore support.

It is already the middle of JULY – Get Wet Now!

2017 Diver Related Events:

 Please, when you organize a dive, paste it on the Facebook MUD club site!

Thirsty Thursday:

Keep reviewing the club site on Facebook for “Time & Place” for Thirsty Thursday Dives.

Check out these dive shops that Muddy Divers use:

Wolf’s Marine Dive Shop , Benton Harbor, MI (http://www.wolfsmarine.com/DiveShop.aspx)

Sub Aquatic Sports & Service , Battle Creek, MI (http://www.sassdive.com)

Divers Inc. , Ann Arbor, MI (http://www.diversinc.com)

iDiveMi., Cheboygan, MI (http://www.idivemi.com/northern-michigan-dive-center)

Hart City Scuba , Elkhart, IN (http://www.hartcityscuba.com)

Just Add H2O , South Bend, IN [Michiana Divers] (http://www.justaddh2o.us.com)

Altek Sports West Michigan Adaptive Diving , Zeeland, MI (http://www.alteksports.com/)

Divers Corner:      

 Early detection critical in controlling Michigan’s aquatic invasive species

A team of technical experts is poised and ready for action whenever a call or email reports a potential sighting of one of Michigan’s Watch List invasive species. These experts are a part of Michigan’s Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

“Preventing invasive species from entering the state is the first goal of the invasive species program, but when invaders slip through the cracks the next step is early detection and response,” said Sarah LeSage, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Department of Environmental Quality.

This process involves finding, reporting, confirming and then choosing a course of action to manage new or emerging invasive species that pose a significant threat to Michigan’s environment, economy or human health.

MICHIGAN’S WATCH LIST

High-threat invasive species are classified on Michigan’s Watch List. There currently are 28 species on the watch list:

  • Ten (10) aquatic plants.
  • Six (6) terrestrial plants.
  • Five (5) fish.
  • Three (3) insects.
  • One (1) tree disease.
  • The red swamp crayfish.
  • The nutria (a mammal).
  • The New Zealand mud snail.

Of the 10 aquatic plants on the watch list, six have been detected in limited areas in Michigan. Plants including yellow floating heart, water lettuce, European frog bit and parrot feather have been found by staff during monitoring activities, as well as by members of the public, Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area staff and lake management companies.

Sightings of aquatic plants on the watch list are reported to the DEQ’s Aquatic Nuisance Control office or through the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network’s website or smartphone app, found at www.misin.msu.edu.

EARLY DETECTION AND RESPONSE

Once a watch list species is reported, staff begin the early detection and response process. The report is investigated, and photos or specimens are examined by experts. If identification is positive, a site visit is made to determine the extent of the invasion. For aquatic plants, a boat survey of the waterbody and connecting waters usually is undertaken.

The state’s aquatic invasive plant early detection and response team has been active since 2011 with support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. “The team conducts investigations and responds to positively identified detections by assessing the risk posed by the invading plant, reviewing response options and, if feasible, planning and implementing a response,” said LeSage.

A story map, Aquatic Invasive Species: Early Detection in Michigan, displays locations where surveys for aquatic watch list species have occurred and describes response actions that were taken when positive identifications were confirmed.

Responses are tailored to the situation. A large infestation, such as the widespread areas of European frog bit along the Lake Huron shoreline, may require multiple partners like Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas, volunteers, and contracted pesticide applicators working together over time to manage it. A smaller discovery, like the 2016 detection of European frog bit in Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, may provide the opportunity to eradicate the plant from the area using chemical application.

“Early detection and response is truly a statewide effort,” said LeSage. “It relies on detection and reporting from citizens across Michigan, as well as monitoring and management support from the local management areas, landowners, local governments and the private sector.”

AWARENESS & IDENTIFICATION ARE KEY

Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week. July 2-8, 2017: Everyone can help in early detection of invasive species by becoming familiar with Michigan’s Watch List and other invasive plants, insects and animals and reporting any sightings.

Descriptions of watch list species can be found at www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies. Short identification tutorials for many invasive species are available at www.misin.msu.edu.

MDEQ Minute is a new video series designed to help identify aquatic invasive species. Get a 60-second tutorial on yellow floating heart or New Zealand mud snail by visiting the Invasive Species website media center.

To report aquatic invasive plants, call or email DEQ Aquatic Nuisance Control at 517-284-5593 or DEQ-WRD-ANC@michigan.gov. Online reporting is available at www.misin.msu.edu, or download the MISIN app to your smartphone.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

Reminder:

Always remember, anyone can call off a dive at any time.

In other words, it’s always OK to say “No.”

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