Can a cold snap kill invasive species?
The recent cold snap impacts invasive species in different ways. Read the full story by the WXPR – Wausau, WI.
Road Salt: Researchers look at vegetables and juices for alternatives to salt
Salt-speckled sidewalks, driveways and highways are synonymous with winter in the Great Lakes region. But while road salt is highly effective at deicing surfaces, the safety that salt provides for humans places a heavy burden on freshwater ecosystems. Read the full story by Michigan Radio.
Little to no ice on the Great Lakes in late January?!
Three weeks into January the percentage of ice coverage on the Great Lakes is historically low with not even 2% of ice coverage on the lakes. Read the full story by WSYR-TV Syracuse, NY.
Stressors on Lake Michigan flow mostly from human activity
The Great Lakes face numerous stressors that threaten the Lake Michigan’s ecology, including invasive species, climate change and nutrient pollution. Read the full story by Crain’s Chicago Business.
Congress approves major boost in Great Lakes funding
Ten months after being approved in U.S. House with heavy bipartisan support, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act has passed the Senate and is headed for President Donald Trump’s desk. Read the full story by MLive.
Online dashboard explores HABs and community health
A new online dashboard has been developed to help scientists, policy makers and the public understand and predict water quality and community health data as it relates to harmful algal blooms. The dashboard primarily visualizes data for four counties adjacent to Western Lake Erie. Read the full MSU Extension article.
Flushing out COVID-19: EGLE awards $10M in grants to detect virus in wastewater
The Michigan departments of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and Health and Human Services have announced more than $6.5 million in grant funding, and more than $3 million in laboratory equipment purchases, for universities across the state and other partners to run 20 three-month pilot programs to test for the COVID-19 virus in wastewater. Read […]
Raw sewage discharged into Flint River after power outage at pumping station
A power outage at a pump station led to raw sewage being dumped over the weekend into mid-Michigan’s Flint River. Water quality tests on the Flint River will be performed, with the results posted on the State of Michigan website. Read the full story by MLive.
One Michigan county tells the story of a nation plagued by water pollution
The Pine River runs through five mid-Michigan counties, including Gratiot County, which is home to 27 concentrated animal feeding operations, the third highest of any county in Michigan, and has been impacted from chemical pollutants from other industrial sources. Read the full story by NPR.
Well owner seasonal inspections and maintenance recommendations
The performance of many private water wells varies seasonally; therefore, well owner maintenance and performance checks should be adapted to fit these seasonal changes. Read the full article by The Groundwater Association.