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August 22nd 2014

Weekly News Roundup: Nutrient Runoff, Ash Borers, and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:

The Toledo Blade reports that farmers in the counties surrounding western Lake Erie will receive government funds to help reduce fertilizer runoff. According to the Columbus Dispatch, reducing the phosphorus found in this runoff would significantly and rapidly decrease harmful algal blooms.

The Lake County News-Sun reports that Waukegan will be replacing over 100 infected ash trees. Waukegan lost 4,000 ash trees to the emerald ash borer, an invasive species of beetle. The current installation will be the first step towards replacing their ash population.

The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing into the proposed removal of the Ballville Dam, according to the Toledo Blade. Environmental groups say removing the dam will restore the Sandusky River and enhance fish habitat and spawning grounds. , However, others claim that removing the dam would allow sediment contaminated with phosphorous, a key contributor to harmful algal blooms, to enter Lake Erie.

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August 21st 2014

Indiana Stormwater Basin Naturalized for Improved Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat

The City of Valparaiso, Ind. constructed a detention basin to collect and redirect stormwater from over 330 acres, most of which are highly developed or residential. Heavy rains wash the pesticides, fertilizer, sediment, and other pollutants used on these lands into the basin, but the basin was not designed to treat contaminated stormwater before redirecting it into the watershed. This sediment and nutrient loading has adversely impacted the water quality and aquatic habitats of the Salt Creek watershed; parts of it have even become contaminated with harmful E. coli bacteria that can cause illness in people and animals. Thanks to a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Save the Dunes and the City of Valparaiso have partnered to naturalize and retrofit the Thorgren Basin to treat stormwater and enhance wildlife habitat. Read more here.

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August 15th 2014

Register Today for Our 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

If you haven’t already registered for the September 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference, there is still time!

Learn more about the conference and register today!

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is hosting our 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., September 9-11. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other Great Lakes activists, hear from leading experts on the state of the Great Lakes, and participate in breakout sessions on critical challenges facing the lakes. Register today!

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August 8th 2014

Weekly News Roundup: Harmful Algal Blooms and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lake conservation news:

Efforts to address Toledo’s drinking water situation continue. The New York Times details some of the causes and history behind the harmful algal bloom outbreak. WKSU examines some of the political fallout from the crisis, while the Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio policymakers are planning to meet August 15 to address the issue. Meanwhile, the Detroit News reports on efforts within the agricultural community to reduce the nutrient runoffs that can lead to these large-scale blooms.

MLive reviews the impact and threat from aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes.

This winter’s cold temperatures may have caused a larger than usual die-off in commercial honeybee colonies, reports Great Lakes Echo. This comes after several years of sharp declines in bee populations.

The Associated Press reports on federal environmental funding received by 2 Indiana cities, Gary and Hammond. The grants will go towards reducing contaminated storm runoff that can degrade Lake Michigan’s water quality.

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July 30th 2014

Restoration Successes on Detroit’s Belle Isle Park

Restoration projects underway and completed on Belle Isle—a Detroit-owned public park, now cared for by the state of Michigan—have focused on fish and wildlife habitat restoration. Two success stories detail the work being done at the island’s South Fishing Pier, to improve fishing and fish habitat, and the work to restore Blue Heron Lagoon as a way to further support fish and wildlife on the island. Both projects are already helping restore the health of the Detroit River by providing needed wetland and shore habitat.

Read more about the South Fishing Pier.

Read more about the Blue Heron Lagoon.

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  • 2014 Great Lakes Restoration Conference

    Registration for the 10th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference is now available! To register, view the agenda, see what field trips are being offered, and to find out more about becoming a conference sponsor or exhibitor, please visit the main conference page.

  • Check out the Latest Update from the Field

    Read our latest field update from Michigan. Ducks Unlimited shares the results of their restoration tour with Congressman Dan Benishek. Learn more.

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