In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
Ohio’s two U.S. senators are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to cease dumping dredged material into Lake Erie, reports the Toledo Blade. There is bipartisan support amongst Ohio lawmakers for ending this practice.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is reintroducing a bill that could help reduce the future impact of harmful algal blooms, according to the Associated Press. The bill would require environmental regulators to develop a plan investigating the health risks associated with toxic algal blooms and coming up with guidelines for testing and treating them.
The Detroit News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $40 million in grants to conservation projects in the Great Lakes region. The grant is par of the most recent Farm Bill’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
The Toledo Blade reports that Asian carp DNA has been detected in waters around Chicago. While the presence of DNA may be incidental, environmental groups believe it demonstrates the growing threat of an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes.