Weekly News Roundup: Stormwater, Earth Day, Asian Carp, and More

It’s Earth Day week! In case you missed them, here are some of the stories from the past week in Great Lakes conservation.

Cleveland’s many vacant lots can play a key role in helping the city deal with stormwater runoff, reports WKSU. According to EPA researchers the lots, which currently contribute to the stormwater runoff, can be modified to help absorb stormwater into the ground. Retrofitting Cleveland’s lots could significantly reduce overloading of its sewage systems, which currently dump raw sewage into Lake Erie during heavy rains.

Toledo News Now reports on the grand opening of the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo this weekend. The museum will provide educational exhibits about all five of the Great Lakes.

Michigan Radio (NPR) highlights students in celebrating Earth Day by planting clones of ancient sequoia trees in northern Michigan. It’s part of a larger effort to revitalize the world’s redwood populations, although some criticize the project for planting trees that are not native to Michigan.

The Blade describes scientific evidence that Asian carp have reached the Muskingum River, a northern tributary of the Ohio River. If these findings are true, then carp are perilously close to entering the Lake Erie watershed.

Ohio is joining the list of states looking to ban microbeads through legislation, reports WKSU. Microbeads are tiny grains of plastic commonly found in household products such as shampoos and facial cleansers, and when washed down the drain they can be quite harmful to the environment.

Michigan climatologist Jeff Anderson says that this winter was the most consistently cold winter the state has seen in over a century, reports MLive.

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