Weekly News Roundup: Harmful Algal Blooms, Isle Royale, and More

In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:

The Ohio House has unanimously passed a bill seeking to curb farmland runoff that can generate harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, reports the Columbus Dispatch. Environmental groups believe that the bill is a good first step, but that it doesn’t go far enough in addressing the problem.


The Associated Press reports that two mainland wolves recently crossed the ice in Lake Superior into Isle Royale, but appear to have left without having mated with any of the island’s wolf population. The Isle Royale wolf population has been declining for several years now due to low genetic diversity.


MLive reports that Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congresswoman Candice Miller have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at halting the advance of Asian carp into the Great Lakes watershed.


The Toledo Blade reports on a conference held at the University of Toledo to discuss the highly polluted Areas of Concern that remain throughout the Great Lakes region. While much progress has been made in cleaning these sites, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done before the sites can fully recover.


A proposed plan to allow the water levels of Lake Ontario to fluctuate naturally is being debated in upstate New York by local communities and competing interests, according to the New York Times. Lake Ontario’s water levels are artificially regulated and stabilized, which helps prevent the flooding of lakefront property but has also damaged wetland ecosystems and wildlife populations.

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