Here’s some of the Great Lakes restoration stories that have been making news this past week:
Amidst reports that the EPA plans to close its regional office in Chicago, Great Lakes legislators from both parties have come together to urge EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to keep the office open. mLive reports on a letter sent to Mr. Pruitt by several Michigan members of the House of Representatives, while Cleveland.com reports on the efforts of Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.
A group of Great Lakes stakeholders and advocates will meet in Chicago next month to discuss current threats to the Great Lakes, according to WTTW Chicago. The meeting will convene in the wake of President Trump’s proposal to effectively eliminate federal spending on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Water levels in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been rising all April and may continue rising for several weeks, reports North Country Public Radio. Several shoreline homeowners have blamed Plan 2014, a new water level management plan adopted this past January, while the agencies in charge of managing water levels claim that the floods are caused by a wet spring with heavy rainfall.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow has criticized the Trump Administration for delaying the release of a report on strategies for keeping Asian carp out of Lake Michigan, reports the Detroit Free Press. The report was originally slated to be released February 28.