In case you were busy, here’s what’s been happening in Great Lakes conservation news this past week:
The renewed Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been submitted for public comments, reports Rochester City Newspaper. The proposed draft for the program’s second phase was released in late May, and public comments will be accepted until June 30. The final plan is expected to be released by October 1.
Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have joined forces to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, according to the Associated Press. The three states are initiating a public awareness campaign to help anglers and boaters learn what they can do to limit the spread of these harmful species.
The Rochester Business Journal reports that, under a new system established by President Obama, all five Great Lakes may be considered as a joint entity for federal funding purposes. This will allow communities across the Great Lakes states to jointly apply for restoration funding rather than competing for grants.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at controlling Great Lake harmful algal blooms, reports the Toledo Blade. The bill, which is expected to clear the Senate, will put together a team tasked with studying the causes and consequences of harmful algal blooms and submitting a plan for their control and reduction.
Michigan Radio reports on the development of a binational hiking and cycling trail that will encircle all five Great Lakes. The trail will be 7,000 miles long, and will run through eight U.S. state and two Canadian provinces.
The Great Lakes region is predicted to see a small increase in the number of wildfires this summer, reports Great Lakes Echo. This increase is expected to occur due to forecasts for a relatively dry summer.
The Associated Press reports that efforts to remove invasive plants from the Detroit River’s Belle Isle is set to begin this summer. The project is being conducted by Friends of the Detroit River, and will be funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.