St. Mary's River

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Officials are celebrating the conclusion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project, which is boosting water flow on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie.
       The project included building a new bridge to replace two deteriorating causeway culverts between Sugar Island and the island ferry dock.
       It re-established the flow of water to the Little Rapids for the first time in more than 50 years. The upgrade is expected to benefit fish populations, sport fishing and wildlife in the area.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard continues ice-breaking activities this week, in anticipation of the opening of the Soo Locks on Saturday. 

Wednesday morning a cutter will conduct spring breakout operations on the St. Mary’s River near Pipe and Drummond Islands.  It will open the Pipe Island Passage and circumnavigate Drummond Island along the International Boundary Line into the North Channel.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Officials are kicking off a long-awaited environmental restoration project for the Little Rapids portion of the St. Marys River, which links Lakes Huron and Superior.  

The event is scheduled for Tuesday at Rotary Park in Sault Ste. Marie.

The project's centerpiece will be construction of a bridge to replace two undersized causeway culverts between Sugar Island and its ferry dock.

  SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say construction will begin next year on a 625-foot bridge on the St. Marys River, an important step toward repairing more than a century of environmental damage.
The river links Lakes Huron and Superior. Navigation projects have disrupted its water flow, and bottomlands around Sault Ste. Marie were coated with industrial discharges.
The latest project in the Little Rapids area involves building the pedestrian and vehicle bridge between Sugar Island and another island with a ferry landing.

St. Mary's ice breaking begins

Mar 13, 2015

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard is beginning to prepare for the upcoming shipping season with ice breaking operations in the St. Marys River. 

The work is scheduled to begin Friday in the lower part of the river near DeTour and will extend north to the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie. The Evening News reports the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw, Biscayne Bay, Mobile Bay and Katmai Bay will conduct the ice breaking work.

St. Mary's River two steps cleaner

Mar 18, 2014

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says milestones have been reached in the cleanup of the contaminated St. Marys River. 

The river is among dozens of federally designated "areas of concern" suffering from severe environmental degradation, primarily caused by industrial and municipal wastes. Such designations are based on lists of ecological problems that would have to be fixed before a site could be declared restored.

Ice cutter navigates St. Mary's River

Dec 16, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Coast Guard says ice-breaking operations have begun on the St. Mary's River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.  

The Cutter Biscayne Bay is working to aid commercial shipping on the river, which separates Michigan from the Canadian province of Ontario.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A federal agency says it will devote $15.8 million to projects designed to improve fish habitat in the Great Lakes region. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sponsoring the projects through its Marine Fisheries Service. Goals include restoring nearly 1,000 acres of marsh and wetland habitat and opening more than 34 stream miles for fish passage.

The program will benefit more than 40 species of fish, including lake whitefish, northern pike, and walleye.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its long heritage — in the very area where the first European settlement in Michigan was created in 1668. 

The city is gearing up for the two-day Rendezvous in the Sault, which kicks off Saturday. The annual event features historic home tours, living history demonstrations and other presentations about daily life between 1668 and 1840.

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has refloated one of its tug boats that sank while being towed in the upper St. Marys River. 

No one was aboard the Hammond Bay, which went down in the waterway between Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Canada. Another tug was towing the Hammond Bay and three barges from Duluth, Minnesota to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan at the time.

Army Corps spokeswoman Lynn Rose says the agency sent three vessels to the scene. She says they raised the tug to the surface and refloated it Wednesday afternoon.