Weekly News Roundup: Algal Blooms, Climate Change, and More

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


Four Lake Erie beaches in Michigan’s Monroe County were issued public health advisories this week, according to MLive. Testing at these four beaches indicated unsafe levels of E. coli bacteria in the water. The beaches will be tested again, with results expected by June 10.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a reduction in Lake Erie algal blooms this summer compared to the past several years, reports the Plain Dealer. The expected reduction is being credited to a relatively dry spring in addition to improved agricultural practices in the wake of last summer’s toxic algal bloom that contaminated Toledo’s drinking water.


onEarth has a story this week on the devastating impact of invasive mussel species in the Great Lakes, including zebra mussels and quagga mussels. The invasive bivalves can significantly alter the food chain and promote the growth of harmful algal blooms by selectively consuming harmless algal competitors. The story examines some of the challenges and proposed solutions for controlling these invasive populations.


Five Asian carp were caught in the St. Croix River near the Minnesota-Wisconsin border in the last week, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The fish were caught seven miles further upstream than they’d previously been detected, indicating the growing threat of these destructive invasives reaching the Great Lakes watershed.


The Detroit Free Press reports on a $3.65 million federal grant awarded to the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments program. The grant will support efforts over the next five years to study how the Great Lakes will be impacted by climate change, and how local communities can respond to these changes.


A European wind energy company is currently developing technology that could significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind turbines, according to the Plain Dealer. This has attracted the attention of LEEDCo, a U.S. company investigating the potential for offshore wind energy in the Great Lakes.


Great Lakes Echo reports that the International Joint Commission is requesting public comments on its most recent progress report for the Air Quality Agreement, which sets reduced emission targets for the two nations. Comments are due by July 31.

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