In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The Detroit Free Press reports that the U.S. House has passed a bill continuing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The bill will fund the GLRI at $300 million per year for the next five years. The bill will now be considered by the Senate.
Transportation officials from both the U.S. and Canada will meet next week to discuss regulations on transporting oil by train, according to Reuters. At issue are different standards and safety regulations between the two nations that come into conflict when oil is transported across the international border.
The Toledo Blade is reporting that Ohio’s legislators may fail to pass a bill addressing water quality issues and harmful algal blooms. Among the unresolved issues include language that was added onto the bill pertaining to telecommunications.
A bill called the Drinking Water Protection Act is currently being considered by the U.S. Congress, reports the Macomb Daily. The proposed legislation would require the U.S. EPA to develop a strategic plan for considering the risks harmful algal blooms pose to drinking water.