Sediment and nutrients are picked up by stormwater and washed into Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay. Sedimentation inundates aquatic wildlife habitats and reduces the ecosystem’s productivity by blocking out sunlight, while excessive nutrient levels promote bacterial growth and can result in harmful algal blooms that close beaches and threaten drinking water. Thanks to a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant, the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is taking steps to reduce the harmful impacts of stormwater runoff and its associated erosion, sedimentation, and nutrient loading. Read more here.
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