Thursday, June 26, 2014

Great Lakes News

<> Senator Stabenow Appointed Vice Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force - U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was appointed as a Vice Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, which is a bipartisan organization that works to protect the Great Lakes' ecosystem and develop the region's economy. Sens. Stabenow and Rob Portman (R-OH) were appointed to the newly created positions and will serve with Co-Chairs Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).

<> Farmers board schooner to learn of effects of runoff pollution - Monroe, Mich., farmers and their families braved a swarm of mayflies, rough weather and the choppy waters of Lake Erie to learn more about Great Lakes pollution that could stem from their fields.

<> PCB levels in Lake Michigan salmon continue to decline - A study by researchers from the Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources shows that concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been falling in Lake Michigan salmon since the industrial chemicals were prohibited in the 1970s

<> Toxic algae, now in East Fork Lake, will be part of Ohio's future, expert says - Lake Erie is going to continue to see huge, harmful algae blooms over the next century, experts say.

<> New USGS videos on Asian carp control tools - See how scientists from the USGS, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Southern Illinois University combined multiple Asian carp control technologies during field tests in a backwater of the Illinois River. Two video podcasts. . .