Weekly News Roundup: Land Use Change, Invasive Sea Lampreys, and More

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

The Detroit Free Press reports that the EPA has designated a new Michigan Superfund site, prioritizing cleanup operations at the DCS McLouth Steel plant. The site poses the potential threat to leak contamination into the Detroit River and the Humbug Marsh wildlife refuge.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a new report demonstrating how land use in the Great Lakes region has changed between 1996 and 2010, reports Michigan Radio. The report indicates significant changes, including large decreases in forested land and large increases in developed land.


Grand Rapids is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct a barrier that will prevent invasive sea lampreys from moving up the Grand River, according to the Detroit Free Press. Prior to this the lampreys’ progress was blocked by a dam, but the city plans to remove that dam to restore the Grand River’s rapids.


The Columbus Dispatch reports that the Ohio House and Senate have passed a bill aimed at curbing nutrient runoff to prevent the growth of harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The final bill is awaiting Governor Kasich’s signature.


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