In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The Lucas County Commissioner is calling for a regional approach to manage the health of the western Lake Erie watershed, reports the Toledo Blade. The proposal would involve cooperation between state and local officials from northwest Ohio, southeast Michigan, and northeast Indiana to reduce the threat of harmful algal blooms and other threats to Lake Erie’s vitality.
The Associated Press reports that U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have introduced legislation urging President Obama to oppose a proposed Canadian nuclear waste disposal plan. The proposed plan would allow nuclear waste underground less than a mile from Lake Huron’s shoreline.
Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources is considering the reintroduction of two native fish species to Lake Erie, according to the Port Clinton News Herald. Sturgeon and sauger are both native to Lake Erie, but did not exist there for decades following overfishing and habitat loss.
Huron County has placed a temporary moratorium on the development of wind turbines, according to Michigan Capital Confidential. The moratorium will be in existence while the county updates its wind energy zoning regulations.
Wisconsin lawmakers approved legislation that would ban the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads, reports the Associated Press. The bill now goes before Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.
Great Lakes Echo reports on a study indicating that aquatic invasives such as quagga mussels and round gobies can reintroduce toxic PCBs from lakebed sediments into Green Bay’s food web. These PCBs, a potential carcinogen, could potentially be consumed by people.
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has approved the language in a petition to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the state, reports the Detroit News. The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan will begin collecting signatures on May 22.