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Between 1987 and 2006, 34 new non-native species became established in the Great Lakes, mostly from ballast water discharges. But since then, Transport Canada, the U.S. Coast Guard and St. Lawrence Seaway Authorities have all tightened ballast water restrictions. The state of Michigan passed stringent ballast water restrictions in 2005.
Zero new invasive species have made it into the Great Lakes via ballast water since 2006, something a recent report from the International Joint Commission on Great Lakes attributes partially to increased ballast water regulation.
The report argues that means increased regulations are working.
However, Jim Byrum, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association (MABA), which advocates a re-do of the state's ballast water restrictions, said the lack of invasive species could mean the standard deep-sea flushing was working.
For more information see "IJC Releases 16th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality: Notes Significant Achievement but Sustained Investment and Action Needed", International Joint Commission News Release, May 14, 2013.
Cited report : 16th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality
A creek near Lake Michigan is being poisoned, to get rid of so called 'vampire fish' or sea lamprey that latch onto other fish, and kill or injure them by sucking the insides out. The poison being inserted into the lake won't hurt other creatures or humans.
For the full article, see "Video : Entire creek to be poisoned to kill 'Vampire Fish'", Buzz 60 via Detroit Free Press, June 3, 2013.
Drilling of shale natural gas by the process known as hydraulic fracturing has been increasingly controversial across the country.
In Michigan, a group hopes to put a proposal banning horizontal hydraulic fracturing on a statewide ballot in the future. This week’s Greater Lansing Outlook features an energy industry executive addressing myths about the safety of the process and a Michigan environmental advocate suggesting needed improvements to the state’s regulations.
Drilling debate: Fracking in Michigan, Lansing State Journal, May 31, 2013.
In spite of the economic gains, radical environmentalists have bombarded the public with misinformation about fracking. It’s time to debunk some of these false claims.
For the full editorial, see Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy Cos., "Exposing myths on hydraulic fracturing", Lansing State Journal, May 31, 2013.
I am troubled by a stubborn gas industry and timid state regulators who are failing to adequately address the hazards that a brand-new era of natural gas extraction has brought to our state.
For another, see Hugh McDiarmid Jr., communications director of the Michigan Environmental Council, "Tougher safety rules are needed", Lansing State Journal, May 30, 2013.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today may have set in motion a massive solution to the threat Asian Carp pose to the Great Lakes by suggesting a physical separation of the Mississippi River basin be "actively pursued" by the Council of Great Lakes Governors.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told reporters following the exchange that the State of Indiana remains opposed to any effort to close the Chicago waterway system from the Great Lakes.
"Let me be very clear that we have consistently opposed and will continue to consistently oppose efforts to close the Chicago area waterway system as a means of controlling Asian Carp," said Pence.
Pence said a study through the Ports of Indiana identified traffic coming through the Chicago area waterway system is responsible for $1.9 billion in economic activity and supports some 18,000 Indiana jobs.
For more information, see "Illinois Gov. Pushes Great Lakes Basin Separation To Stop Carp", Inside MIRS Today, May 31-June 1, 2013.
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Gov. Rick Snyder plans to push this weekend for strengthening ballast water disposal requirements for ocean-going freighters that travel the Great Lakes during a summit of regional leaders on Mackinac Island.
In 2007, Michigan lawmakers created the region's toughest requirements for shipping vessels to unload excess water that can carry invasive species, such as zebra and quagga mussels that often litter Great Lakes beaches.
But surrounding states and Canadian provinces have not followed suit, so Michigan officials hope to kick-start a dialogue about the issue during the Council of Great Lakes Governors summit Snyder is hosting at the Grand Hotel.
For the full article see Chad Livengood and Jim Lynch, "Gov seeks water-tight ballast rules; Regional summit to address Great Lakes shipping demands", Detroit News, June 1, 2013.
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