Weekly News Roundup: Pipeline Safety, Asian Carp, and More

We hope you’re having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Here are some of the important Great Lakes restoration stories from the past week:

 

Michigan Radio reports that U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters have introduced legislation aimed at improving the safety of oil pipelines crossing the Great Lakes. The proposed bill would increase accountability on pipeline operators in the event of spills.

 

The U.S. EPA has decided it will not force Ohio to declare its portion of the western Lake Erie basin as impaired, according to the Toledo Blade. Environmental groups believe that the current incentive-based nutrient reduction programs are insufficient to reduce nutrient loading in the western basin, which has seen several significant harmful algae blooms in the past few years.

 

The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Soy Bean Association have spoken out against the proposed elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, reports the Norwalk Reflector. The agricultural associations have asked the Trump Administration to continue funding the GLRI at its current level of $300 million a year.

 

mLive reports on a USGS study that predicts that if Asian carp would cluster along Lake Michigan’s shorelines if the invasive fish reached the Great Lakes, due to warmer waters and an abundance of food sources. This could potentially devastate a multi-billion dollar fishing industry.

 

Following months of extremely high water levels in Lake Ontario, New York State will provide $5 million in grants to small businesses as they recover from the floods, reports WHEC-TV. The state will also provide $10 million to municipalities impacted by the floods.

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