A central Michigan organization has been awarded a federal grant to help restore the Great Lakes and its watersheds.
The Saginaw Bay Conservation and Development Center was awarded a $30,000 grant to work on the Cass River. Work will focus on things like streambank stabilization, fish habitat restoration and sediment reduction. Continue reading →
It’s been five years since the federal government’s largest initiative to restore the Great Lakes was passed into law, and Congress recently agreed to fund the program for another five years.
According to Cameron Davis, the senior adviser to the administrator of the EPA, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is one of the few pieces of legislation that repeatedly gets bi-partisan support. Continue reading →
After more than 20 years, restoration work on the St. Mary’s River in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is nearly complete
Scientists from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plan to remove a blockage from the river which they say will help restore roughly seventy (70) acres of prime sport fishing area. Continue reading →
This is Earth week. It’s dedicated to restoration and conservation efforts.
There are several Earth-friendly events taking place this week at Central Michigan University, including one “hands-on” event.
It’s called “Pick up the Chip”.
It’s a service project aimed at cleaning trash from around the Chippewa river, and part of the Earth-week focus to reduce pollution and teach future generations responsible ways to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Rachel Ochylski is one of the organizers.
She said, “We really wanted to show the community that you don’t have to live near an ocean to care about marine animals and conservation of their habitat, and you can make a difference here in Michigan and right here in Mount Pleasant.”
Ochylski said event organizers hope to educate people on the importance of habitat conservation and reducing pollution.
Pick up the Chip is scheduled for Friday at noon at Mt Pleasant’s Island Park.
Scientist’s aren’t known for sharing the glory of an extraordinary discovery, but some researchers working on Great Lakes restoration are trying to change that publish-or-perish mentality. Continue reading →