In case you missed the past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The Great Falls Tribune reports on efforts by biologists to save struggling lake trout populations in the Great Lakes. The trout are native to the Great Lakes, but researchers are working with scientists from Yellowstone National Park, where lake trout are invasive, to learn more about the fish species.
Heavy rains in the past few days could increase the threat of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, reports the Sandusky Register. As rainwater runs off into the lake it can carry phosphorus, a key nutrient in the development of toxic blooms.
Environmental groups are criticizing the U.S. and Canadian governments over delays in protecting the Great Lakes from toxins, according to Vice News. Under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement the two nations were supposed to develop a list of chemicals to be regulated, but so far have not added any chemicals to this list.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the City of Waukesha has received preliminary approval by Wisconsin’s DNR to utilize Lake Michigan for drinking water. The DNR will make a final determination in December, after which the controversial measure will require unanimous approval from the other seven Great Lake states.