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Some hunters say changes in northern Michigan deer hunting rules mean bigger bucks
By Peter Payette
Nov 24, 2015
Michigan has a new addition to its roster of Great Lakes aquatic invaders -- a tiny snail from Down Under, smaller than a grain of rice, that could spell big trouble.
And it's only known because the right person, was at the right place, at the right time.
Sarah LeSage was on a floating trip with some girlfriends down the Pere Marquette River near Baldwin in Lake County last August, when the group stopped on the banks near Gleason's Landing to relax.
"I thought, 'There are a lot of really small snails here. I wonder what they are? I haven't seen anything like this before,'" LeSage recalled.
Fortunately for a state looking to protect a more than $2 billion sport-fishing economy, LeSage is an aquatic biologist and the Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. She took some samples, and the snails were later confirmed as the New Zealand mudsnail, the first time the invasive species had been found thriving in Michigan.
For the full article, see Keith Matheny, "New Zealand mudsnail Michigan's latest invasive species", Detroit Free Press, November 25, 2015.
The debate about environmental injustice has grown more serious in Michigan after the Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) recently proposed deregulating 500 chemicals.
These possible changes to the air regulations concern the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) a lot.
According to MEC, the department is going to propose a rule change requested by industry to deregulate 500 chemicals that have been subject to oversight in the past. The DEQ said the change is because the chemicals that have not been tested for their impact on public health.
For the full article, see Zhao Peng, "Michigan plan to deregulate chemicals upsets environmentalists", Capital News Service via Great Lakes Echo, November 25, 2015.
A nearly 2 mile-long earthen berm through a northeastern Indiana marsh that’s designed to keep Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes is nearly complete months after heavy rains temporarily halted the project.
The berm through the Eagle Marsh nature preserve is designed to prevent carp from crossing from the Wabash River watershed into the Maumee River, which empties into Lake Erie at Toledo, Ohio, during flooding.
Betsy Yankowiak of Little River Wetlands Project says torrential summer rains prevented a contractor on the $3.5 million project from doing earth-moving work inside the nature preserve that’s near Fort Wayne.
But she tells The Journal Gazette Indiana’s dry autumn allowed crews to make quick progress and most of the remaining work involves seeding the expanded berm with native grasses and wildflowers.
For the full article, see "Asian carp barrier nearly finished in northeast Indiana", Detroit News, November 25, 2015.
Michigan cherry growers mobilize against invasive fruit fly
November 19, 2015
Flint leaders ask for tougher federal drinking water rules
November 18, 2015
State's instructions for sampling drinking water for lead "not best practice"
November 17, 2015
Flint water crisis prompts more scrutiny of federal drinking water rules
November 16, 2015
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