Weekly News Roundup: Algal Blooms, Quagga Mussels, and More

In case you missed the past week in Great Lakes conservation news…

The Sandusky Register reports on a harmful algal bloom currently developing in Lake Erie. Scientists warn that the bloom is exhibiting high levels of the toxin microcystin. Meanwhile, Michigan legislators are considering voluntary fertilizer reduction programs to reduce agricultural pollution that can promote algal bloom growth, according to the Associated Press.

The Associated Press reports that the Wisconsin DNR has proposed reducing the number of projects that require a consideration of environmental impact prior to their implementation. Among the projects that could be made exempt from environmental analyses are air pollution permits, decisions involving factory farms, and dam repairs.

A two year rehabilitation of the Buffalo River has successfully reduced levels of industrial toxins within the river, reports the Buffalo News. The project now moves into its second phase, involving ecological restorations at seven sites over a 20 acre stretch of the river.

MLive reports that invasive quagga mussels have been found in Crooked Lake near Conway, MI. This is the first time the invasive mussels have been detected in one of Michigan’s inland lakes.

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