Weekly News Roundup: Aquatic Invasives, Lake Sturgeon, and More

New York State recently passed a law requiring all boats to be washed before entering New York waterways, reports the Star Gazette. The measure is intended to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species that can attach onto boats, such as hydrilla.

The Associated Press reports that Michigan’s Thunder Bay National Marine Santuary has received federal approval to expand from 450 square miles to 4,300 square miles. Located in Lake Huron, Thunder Bay is the nation’s only freshwater sanctuary.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is releasing almost three dozen juvenile lake sturgeon into the Kalamazoo River, reports MLive. The release will take place this Saturday, and will be open to the public.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide another $12 million for states and federal regulators battling harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The money will contribute to both monitoring for water quality and assisting farmers to alter some of their practices contributing to the blooms.

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