Weekly News Roundup: Great Lakes Ice Cover, Algal Blooms, Mackinac Pipelines, and More

Here’s some of last week’s conservation stories from around the Great Lakes, in case you missed them.

The Detroit Free Press reports that this year’s cold winter will have lingering impacts. The Great Lakes still have higher levels of ice cover than they usually do at this time of year; heat form the sun that would normally be absorbed by the water is being reflected by the ice. This may lead to a colder-than-usual summer.

Scientists expect heavy algal blooms in Lake Erie this summer, WBEZ91.5 reports. Melt water from this winter’s heavy snows will produce a high level of nutrient runoff.

Officials in Michigan are asking Enbridge Inc. for evidence that two of its pipelines are safe, according to APNewsBreak. The 61-year-old pipelines run beneath the environmentally sensitive Straits of Mackinac.

Great Lakes Echo reports that sales of specialty license plates in Ohio are helping to fund Lake Erie cleanup efforts, as part of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.

Wisconsin counties along Lake Michigan have been found to have unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to the Star Tribune. Local officials dispute some of these findings. Meanwhile counties in northern Wisconsin had some of the cleanest air in the country.

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