Great Lakes

In Michigan, projects restore St. Clair River fish, wildlife habitat

(Michigan DNR)PORT HURON, Mich. — A dozen projects restoring habitat for fish and wildlife in and around Michigan’s St. Clair River have been completed. Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality says fish, birds, turtles and pollinators like bees and monarch butterflies will benefit from the restoration work. The projects span from the upper river at Port Huron to the Lake St. Clair delta…

Sea lamprey numbers mysteriously rising in Lake Superior, Lake Erie

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Officials say the invasive sea lamprey is gaining ground in Lake Superior and Lake Erie, while its numbers remain at near-historic lows in the other Great Lakes. Sea lampreys are eel-like parasites that attack fish such as trout, salmon and whitefish. They invaded the lakes in the last century and decimated native fish until a poison…

National Wildlife Refuge Week: Finding refuge across the Great Lakes

Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Michigan is holding its Youth in the Outdoors day on Oct. 7 as part of National Wildlife Refuge Week. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Penny Gordon)Events surrounding National Wildlife Refuge Week will have a distinct Great Lakes region flavor. National Wildlife Refuge Week, this year observed October 8-14, celebrates the National Wildlife Refuge System, the nation’s…

Michigan Senate votes to cut fees for breakwater walls on Great Lakes

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan would cut state fees assessed on homeowners who have wave-reducing break walls near the Great Lakes shoreline under legislation a divided Senate approved Wednesday. The vote came 15 months after Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed another bill that would have lowered the payments. The sponsor, Republican Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba, said he has since reached an…

Bridge construction restores St. Marys River rapids flow, provides boost for fish, anglers, wildlife

(Photo by Tom Pink)SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Officials are celebrating the conclusion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project, which is boosting water flow on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie. The project included building a new bridge to replace two deteriorating causeway culverts between Sugar Island and the island ferry dock. It re-established the flow of water…

Federal funds support wildlife restoration in Michigan and Ohio

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Great Lakes Commission says it has received $375,000 in federal funds for wildlife habitat restoration projects in areas of Michigan and Ohio long degraded by toxic pollution. Some of the money will be used for wetland design and restoration at the Penn 7 site in the Maumee River near Toledo, Ohio. The rest will support…

Another algae ‘storm’ expected on Erie

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A “significant” harmful algae bloom is expected to form in western Lake Erie this summer, though it probably won’t be as large as some previous formations that posed health risks and hampered tourism, scientists said recently. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and research partners released their annual algae forecast for the shallowest and warmest of…

House panel to consider bill preserving Great Lakes cleanup

  DETROIT — Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts. A House appropriations subcommittee is scheduled to consider a bill Wednesday that includes $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The program started under President Barack Obama. It pays for removing toxic pollution from harbors…