You might be surprised to find out that some of the biggest fleets on the Great Lakes are not on the great lakes at all, but in fact, you’ll find them on Detroit and Windsor, Ontario’s Lake St. Clair, the shallow, 20 mile long puddle that provides hundreds of thousands of sailors, powerboaters, and fishermen with their playing field for 6 months of the year. Also known as Lake St. Stupid – either for the completely nonsensical wind patterns that dominate the summer months or for the dumbasses that spend all their time out drifting around in it (that’s a joke now, Detroit mafia – put down the guns!)
In reality, the lake is quite a windy place on average, November through April providing frequent breeze without hurricanes, earthquakes, or the rest of the things that plague trailer parks and the coasts. And a Canadian company is proposing to put hundreds of towering wind turbines in both St. Clair and the much larger Lake Erie. While it’s an eyesore at worst to the bigger lake, it’s something much different in tiny Lake St. Clair, and between the three extensive ‘wind farms’ and the exclusion areas that necessarily will come along with them, the playground may get significantly smaller if they are approved. While we appreciate the hell out of effective wind power, and our own taste even finds wind farms can be quite beautiful, this one will effect the long time recreation of a huge pool of lake users, many of whom are already opening fire on the project. They cite significant environmental concerns as well as quality of life issues. What do you think? Some discussion here, and for the exhaustive details of the project, you can read the massive application that Southpoint submitted to the Canadian government here.