Weekly News Roundup: GLRI Funding, Climate Change, and More

Here are some of the biggest Great Lakes restoration stories from last week:

 

WXYZ-TV reports on a resurgence of lake sturgeon in the Great Lakes, particularly in Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River. Meanwhile, a recovery for lake sturgeon populations in Lake Ontario is being threatened by President Trump’s proposed elimination of the GLRI, according to Great Lakes Today.

 

The Toledo Blade reports on a renewed push by Great Lakes mayors to address climate change, following President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord. The renewed commitment was made at the annual Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative conference in Montreal.

 

The Chicago Tribune reports on concerns by environmental groups, EPA employees, and lawmakers over the proposed cuts to the EPA by the Trump Administration. The cuts include 31% reduction in the agency’s budget, the elimination of the GLRI, and the potential closure of the Region 5 office in Chicago. Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reports on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s praise for the GLRI in Congressional appropriation hearings last week.

 

Enbridge Energy claims its recent stress test of its Line Five oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac show the pipeline remains structurally sound, according to Michigan Radio. Environmental groups have raised concern that an oil spill in the Straits, at the confluence of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, would be catastrophic. mLive provides details on how and when to comment on these studies.

 

North Country Public Radio reports that proposed cuts to the National Sea Grant Program by the Trump Administration would significantly impede research into harmful algal blooms. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) has spoken out against the cuts to the Sea Grant Program.

 

WBFO has a story examining the progress made towards cleaning up the industrial pollution Lake Superior so far, and how this progress might be threatened by the Administration’s proposed elimination of the GLRI.

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