In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
A stretch of the Illinois River running through Havana, Illinois has one of the highest Asian carp concentrations in the world, reports WGN Chicago. It’s estimated that Asian carp represent 60% of the aquatic community there. Meanwhile, the New York Times is running an interview on Asian carp with a researcher from Southern Illinois University. The interview examines the threat posed by the carp, as well as what we can learn by studying the carp in their native China.
MLive reports that Lakes Michigan and Superior remain colder than usual for this time of year. These conditions may result in another cold winter for Michigan, although its possible that a warm November this may mitigate this effect.
Last week saw the announcement of two initiatives that should improve Lake Erie’s water quality and mitigate future algal blooms, according to The News-Sentinel. Three businesses in northwest Ohio have received 4R-certification for improving their fertilizer practices, while the Environmental Defense Fund announced a nationwide initiative to reduce nutrient pollution. Meanwhile, the Detroit News reports on a new study urging a reduction in nutrient pollution while also emphasizing the role of other harmful algal bloom contributors, such as climate change and invasive species.
Upper Pennisula’s Second Wave has a feature on the Upper Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative in Marquette, Michigan. The UGLSI is the newest hub of a statewide effort to connect young students with Great Lakes conservation issues and help teachers from local school districts develop Great Lakes education programs.
A restoration project is opening up 17 miles of the Menomonee River for fish migration and river habitat, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. While the project isn’t expected to be complete until late November, native fish are already beginning to utilize the restored habitat features such as riffles and pools.
The Holland Sentinel editorial board is backing an effort by the Michigan DNR to purchase 150 acres of undeveloped dunes along the coast of Lake Michigan. The board believes that obtaining this area before it is developed could result in preservation of the dune habitat while allowing the public to enjoy the shoreline.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment on new regulations on freshwater fishing, reports Syracuse.com. The DEC will be accepting comments through December 1.