Under a mediated settlement, the anglers group will buy out the lease for $160,000 and operate the hatchery as a tourism and educational attraction. Visitors will be able to see and feed trout but no commercial fish farming will take place there.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
(Michigan DNR)TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — State regulators approved a fish hatchery expansion on the Au Sable River, turning aside objections from groups that fear the operation could contaminate one of northern Michigan’s most prized trout streams. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality granted a pollution discharge permit to Harrietta Hills Grayling Trout Farm, which plans eventually to raise its output…
The project, which examines the levels of chemical contaminants in the birds’ bloodstreams, among other things, has helped generate one of the most comprehensive datasets of its kind in the world. It also has played a significant role in the near-total recovery of a species that was once on the brink of extinction, though the study is likely to come to an end this year.
Some environmentalists said the new findings mean the state should revisit the health advisory over a wider fishing area.
(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…
Groups opposing the expansion say farm-raised fish could expose wild trout downstream to deadly sickness.
Blood samples from chicks part of project to look for presence of toxins such as PCBs, pesticides and mercury in environment.
State announces $3.6 million in available funding for program.
Phragmites, or common reed, has taken hold and stands of the giant reed offer little access for waterfowl and other wildlife.
Bill also would ban aquaculture on rivers designated as wild and scenic, unless the facilities are shown not to discharge pollutants into the rivers.
Many of those polluted waters drive the state’s multi-billion-dollar fishing and summer tourism industries