Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s effort to protect the future of Lake Erie from harmful algal blooms was dealt a serious blow when the Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission declined to move forward in designating eight watersheds in northwest Ohio as “distressed.”
In the ongoing aquatic battle between predator and prey species in Lake Superior, the latter were winning the war for years.Now — and for reasons scientists can’t pin down — prey fish species are losing that war.
All across the Great Lakes Region, from large cities to small rural towns, new problems are emerging involving water contamination. Many of the issues involve drinking water. And yet some officials don’t know much about how water systems work. Michigan State University is offering up a solution called “Michigan Water School: Essential Resources for Local Officials.”
In the past decade, steelhead fishing on Lake Erie has been heating up and for good reason: wildlife officials in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York have worked non-stop, and cooperatively, to ensure healthy populations of this super-prized and super-beautiful fish.
In a bipartisan move, the U.S. Senate last week passed legislation that authorizes funding for the U.S. Coast Guard and, following years of debate, changes ballast water regulation by setting a national standard for discharges.