In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
United Press International reports that despite some scares last month, no further evidence of Asian carp has been found in the Kalamazoo River. The river was retested after a water sample was found to have carp DNA in it.
The plans for several new “green projects” in Ohio were unveiled this week, reports the Plain Dealer. These projects will utilize natural landscaping to absorb and treat rainwater, reducing the polluted runoff that can create harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie.
Public Radio International is running a story that explores some of the factors associated with Lake Erie’s harmful algal blooms. The piece focuses on techniques used by Ontario farmers to reduce their nutrient runoff.
The U.S. EPA has removed two Michigan sites, Deer Lake and White Lake, from its Areas of Concern list, according to the Detroit Free Press. There are now eleven AOC’s remaining in Michigan, six of which are targeted for remediation under the second phase of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Great Lakes Echo reports on a new study showing that habitat loss, invasive species, and climate change rank as the greatest concerns for Great Lakes fishery managers. The study also found that despite their concerns, fisher managers often have trouble finding or understanding research into the long-term impacts of climate change on fisheries.
The Grand Traverse Insider reports on the Freshwater Summit that was held in Traverse City, Michigan this Friday. The annual conference brings together environmental professionals to discuss issues impacting the Great Lakes; topics for this year’s conference included climate change, invasive species, and Great Lake water levels.