In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes restoration news:
The Columbus Dispatch reports on the opposition from conservation groups, including the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, to President Obama’s proposed funding cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The president’s budget, released last week, cuts funding for the GLRI by $50 million a year. Meanwhile, bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to continue and expand funding for the GLRI, reports the Sandusky Register.
Ohio lawmakers are continuing efforts to fight harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie this week, according to the Toledo Blade. The state House agriculture committee held a hearing on the algal blooms on Thursday, while Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order requiring the state EPA to develop emergency rules for the lake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers believes that Asian carp have not advanced towards the Great Lakes since 2006, reports the Plain Dealer. The Corps is currently conducting studies to develop more effective fish barriers.
Great Lakes Echo reports that the Wisconsin DNR has enacted emergency trout rules reducing the allowable take of lake trout in some parts of Lake Superior. The new rule applies to both commercial and sport anglers.