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When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted to Congress its “Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study” last Monday, it provided eight options for dealing with aquatic nuisance species with emphasis on the entire Great Lakes and Mississippi watershed.

The Chicago River serves as a critical link between the two basins and environmental groups, private and governmental, in the U.S. and Canada have sought government support of programs to stop Asia carp species and other nuisance species from entering the Great Lakes.

The report did not ensure or deny Asia carp entry into Lake Michigan, but immediately after the study was released Toby Barrett, Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontarop said, “Permanent separation of the Mississippi River system from the Great Lakes is the only solution.”

The only public meeting as the problem affects Lake Erie will be held Wednesday at the Public Library, 325 Superior Ave. in Cleveland from 4 to 7 p.m. For details on the full report and to make comments until March 3, go to glmris.anl.gov/glmris-report.

Ice tourney set

This ice season the New York Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series opted for Chautauqua Lake as its first stop on the 2014 tourney trail.

Held out of the Ashville Fire Hall in Stow on Saturday and Jan. 19, the contest offers divisions for either a Pro-Am Team or for Open entrants. The series, competing at three sites, presents winners with $75,000 in cash and prizes.

The series competes at Tupper Lake on Feb. 15 and 16 and then at Sodus Bay Feb. 22 and 23. For entry details, go to nysiceproam.com/Events.

Sporting licenses

Installation of the new Department of Environmental Conservation computerized sporting licensing system has been completed and began servicing sales of sporting licenses on Friday.

Licenses can now be purchased at nearly 1,500 sites across the state or by phone at (866) 933-2257 or online at aca.dec.accela.com/dec.

Trailer tips

This last blast of cold and snow could be harmful to that boat left on a trailer indoors or outside. BoatUS provides five tips for boat and trailer care that could be useful during this early January thaw.

From water displacement to security suggestions, tire care and parking pointers, details in these five tips might make it easier to get back on the water this spring and summer.

To view these tips on line, go to BoatUS/com/towing/trailerabout.asp or for more information, call (800) 395-2628).

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