Weekly News Roundup: GLRI Funding, Zebra Mussels, and More

In case you missed them, here were some of the key Great Lakes restoration stories from last week:

 

A story in the News-Herald explores the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and the ongoing political debate over its funding. In his recent budget proposal, President Trump has proposed eliminating the program. Meanwhile, the Toledo Blade reports on a coalition of U.S. Senators fighting to protect the National Sea Grant College Program, which the president has also proposed eliminating

 

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to prevent the burial of nuclear waste near the Lake Huron shoreline in Canada, according to the Detroit News. Canada’s minister of environment and climate change is expected to decide this year whether to approve the proposed burial.

 

An editorial in the Buffalo News makes the case that restoring lake sturgeon populations is a vital component of protecting the Great Lakes.

 

The Detroit News reports that the pipeline company Enbridge Energy is preparing to stress test Line 5, an oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac. The tests follow recent disclosures of structural damage along large stretches of the pipeline.

 

The population of zebra mussels in Lake Mendota is rapidly expanding, reports the Capital Times. The invasive mussel, which was first detected in Lake Mendota in 2015, causes significant damage to aquatic ecosystems and underwater infrastructure.

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