In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The Associated Press reports that the Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill banning microbeads, small pieces of plastic often found in personal care products that can accumulate toxins and be consumed by fish. Meanwhile, Michigan lawmakers have introduced similar legislation phasing out the sale of products with microbeads, according to the Lansing State Journal.
Ohio state lawmakers are closing in on a compromise between House and Senate bills aiming to reduce the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, according to Cleveland.com. At issue is the dumping of dredge material into Lake Erie and provisions addressing when farmers may spread manure and fertilizer.
The Watertown Daily Times reports that New York Sea Grant will be studying historic storms along Lake Ontario’s eastern shore, going back to 1950. The purpose of the study is to develop a climatological event database that will allow coastal communities to increase their storm resiliency.
A bipartisan coalition of legislators are to restore funding to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reports the Associated Press. The GLRI, which has been funded at $300 million a year for the past several years, saw its funding fall to $250 million in President Obama’s proposed budget.
The Midland Daily News reports that the Saginaw Conservation District will receive funding to combat invasive plants in the Saginaw Bay watershed. The funding is being provided by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program through the Michigan DNR.
EPA contractors will be undertaking a project to restore the Krispin Drain on Michigan’s Harsens Island, reports the Times Herald. The project is expected to restore fish and wildlife habitat on the island, as well as enhance recreational opportunities.