In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering a bipartisan bill that would ban the sale and distribution of microbeads, reports the Detroit Free Press. Microbeads, found in many personal care products, have the potential to introduce pollutants into the food chain if they are consumed by fish or other aquatic wildlife.
Great Lakes Echo reports on efforts to digitally document the environmental history of the Great Lakes. The project, made possible by a recent grant received by the University of Michigan, would include photographs, maps, documents, and other information cataloguing the history of environmental and industrial change within the Great Lakes.
The EPA has awarded a $20 million grant for efforts to restore the Clinton River watershed in southeast Michigan, according to the Voice. The grant will fund a variety of projects, including wetland restoration, native plant installation, and fish habitat improvement.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is considering the creation of a National Marine Sanctuary off the Wisconsin shoreline of Lake Michigan, reports the Star Tribune. If the site is approved it would become the second such Sanctuary within the Great Lakes.