In case you missed the past week in Great Lakes conservation news…
The Detroit Free Press reports on an agreement between Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario phosphorus levels in the western Lake Erie Basin. The agreement calls for a 40% reduction in phosphorus levels by 2025. Excessive levels of phosphorus can fuel the large harmful algal blooms seen in Lake Erie the past few summers, including the bloom that contaminated Toledo’s water supplies last summer. Scientists are applauding this agreement as an important step. Yet according to the Columbus Dispatch, many scientists remain concerned that the planned rate of reduction may be too slow.
Michigan’s two U.S. senators, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Sen. Gary Peters, are stepping up their efforts to ensure the health of the Great Lakes and Michigan’s waters, reports the Petoskey News. The lawmakers are particularly focused on the threat posed by invasive Asian carp and the potential for an oil spill should the decades-old underwater pipeline in the Mackinac Staits were to rupture.
The Canadian government has released new regulations to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species in Canadian waters, reports Benzinga. The regulations aim at preventing invasive introductions and improving the rapid response procedures if invasives are detected.
The Green Bay Press Gazette reports on efforts by scientists to keep invasive sea lampreys out of the Fox River. A lamprey introduction in the river could be disastrous for Lake Winnebago’s fisheries.