Next Meeting: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Andrews University, Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Berrien Springs, MI
Meetings start @ 7:30 p.m.
(Every 3rd Tuesday of every month except December)
Welcome visitors, present club information & general dive related news, identify upcoming dive related events, present any Show & Tell, discuss current diving experiences & lessons learned if any, then Open Session.
Last Meeting Highlights:
18 members were in attendance and no visitors. The following items were discussed:
- There was no club consensus to go to Cheboygan the same weekend as the bridge walk. Bob & Maggie will be there if others want to join in.
- There has not been a firm date set for the MUD club picnic. It has been suggested that it be in Niles at River Side park with diving optional.
- SASS Wednesday dives are on the schedule.
- Mention was made that Daryl Wright from Wright Way Video may be over to Southwest Michigan to do video surveys if assistance can be provided and MSRA has Ralph Wilbanks searching for Flight 2501 & the Chicora this month.
- Mention was made that a Senate bill for multiple ship sinking’s in preserves is in the works, there is a seat open on the Michigan Salvage Committee, and there is no state liability provisions for shipwreck buoys.
- SWMUP is looking individuals interested in being on the Board of Directors as well as members. It was mentioned that a Re-breather Familiarization session may be done as a MUP fund raiser.
- Leaving milk jug buoys by any one diving the Ann Arbor 5 or Havana would be appreciated.
- Richard C brought in and talked about a very rare & unique champagne bottle he had recovered.
- Jim S is currently attending Deco & Tri Mix classes / tech diving, Don M & Ken R reported zero visibility & very fast current in the Saint Joseph River in Benton Harbor.
- Dan Faulkner rejoined the club for 2013.
Soft water is now in plentiful supply so get your dive gear out of the closet and start your spring dives. It’s that time of year folks!
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) of the Week
The Department of Environmental Quality Water Resource Division is beginning a new weekly series of brief informational sheets focusing on a variety of Aquatic and Wetland Invasive Species. These sheets include: species specific characteristics (e.g. leaf type, stems, and flowers), ecological effects, and the status of where they are located in Michigan. These weekly postings are meant to serve as a quick reference on the many different kinds of aquatic invasive species that are currently in Michigan or ones that threaten to invade our waters. For detailed information on each species, follow the links provided on each sheet. Download and share with interested individuals or organizations!
Current AIS in Paw Paw Lake
- Curlyleaf Pondweed
- Eurasian Milfoil
- Purple Loosestrife
- The Alewife
An invasive species that may be of concern in the future
- Silver Carp
Fish likely to be caught on Paw Paw Lake include the following: largemouth bass, small mouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, carp, catfish, crappie, northern pike, perch, sunfish, walleye.