Michigan DNR decision due to recent fish kills in Lake St. Clair that are attributed to a confirmed, widespread infection of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus.
The report involves possible upgrades of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Ill., a choke point between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.
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Over the course of a typical year, the DNR will stock roughly 26 million fish weighing nearly 350 tons, including eight species of trout and salmon and three coolwater strains of walleye and muskellunge.
Would target solid waste ranging from plastic bits to fishing nets and even abandoned vessels that wash up on U.S. shores.
Since 1968, the Little Manistee River weir has served as the sole source of winter-run steelhead eggs for fish hatcheries in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Yearling steelhead produced through hatchery operations are stocked in select tributaries of all the Great Lakes.
President’s spending plan says it “returns the responsibility for funding local environmental efforts and programs to state and local entities, allowing EPA to focus on its highest national priorities.”
Good fishing is anticipated in all of Michigan’s Great Lakes waters.
But under a tentative plan, several programs would see steep cuts and money for the Great Lakes initiative would be all but eliminated.
Discharges from ocean-going ships inspected by Coast Guard.
Potential cuts would slash annual funding for the $300 million program to $10 million.
Michigan to offer prize in fight against invasive species.
Could the 22 million pounds of plastic trash that end up in the Great Lakes each year create gyres in our inland oceans?
The question of how to keep the carp from reaching the lake has divided the region. Some states, including Michigan, want barriers placed in the Chicago waterways, which Illinois and Indiana say would disrupt cargo shipping.
Meanwhile, both sides in the debate are waiting for a federal appeals court to decide whether to uphold lower court rulings that put wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming back on the list or to let the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service return management of the species to the states.
Located in Lake Michigan, off the tip of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula, this essential stopover habitat for birds and other migratory species consists of five islands and is framed by two states — Wisconsin and Michigan.
Bill also would ban aquaculture on rivers designated as wild and scenic, unless the facilities are shown not to discharge pollutants into the rivers.
The weed mats can be a nuisance to boaters and anglers, and scientists also concerned about starry stonewort’s potential to harm native plants, fish habitats and other aquatic ecosystems.
Experts say reefs are attracting egg-laying females, but because sturgeon mature slowly, it could take decades to determine whether efforts are boosting population.
Includes further study of ways to fortify defenses on a carp-infested Illinois waterway leading to Lake Michigan
Additionally, the researchers call for close monitoring of invasive Asian carp, which might out-compete native fish species if they infest the Great Lakes.