In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
Lake Superior is still heavily covered with ice for this time of year, reports mLive. The 14.48% ice cover is the highest level in 40 years.
New York is joining the growing list of states looking to ban microbeads from household products, according to Times Union. Microbeads are often included in products such as facial cleanses. The beads easily accumulate toxins, whic can then be introduced into the food chain when the beads are eaten by fish and other aquatic wildlife.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports on the ongoing efforts to map the bottom of Lake Superior by the National Park Service with sonar and laser beams. This project aims to restore fish habitat and learn more about the effects of artificial structures on lake floors.
Times Union reports on Senator Charles Schumer’s continuing calls for federal regulation to control harmful algal blooms. These blooms are formed by blue green algae, or cyanobacteria, which can release toxins that are harmful to the health of both people and wildlife.