In case you missed this past week in Great Lakes conservation news:
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is awarding over $10 million to the Great Lakes states for wildlife habitat restoration and protection, according to Great Lakes Echo. The funds come from the federal State Wildlife Grant Program, which targets high priority areas for habitat management, research, and monitoring.
The Detroit Free Press reports that Lake Michigan’s current water levels are 14 inches higher than they were at this time last year.
The Ohio EPA will allow the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Cleveland harbor, but it will not allow the Corps to dump the dredged sediment into Lake Erie, reports Cleveland.com. This is due to concerns that the sediment is contaminated with PCBs, endangering Lake Erie’s fish populations.
Excessive nutrient runoff from the Fox River is expected to result in large and long-lasting dead zones in Lake Michigan’s Green Bay this summer, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble convened a “phosphorus summit” this week to analyze the issue and its potential solutions.
The Associated Press reports that Ohio governor John Kasich signed a bill this week aiming to reduce harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. The bill primarily targets agricultural nutrient runoff with new rules regulating fertilizer application and storage. As the Detroit News warns, however, the impact these changes will have on algal blooms will not known for several years.