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A privately funded study to be released today outlines three ways the Chicago waterways could be closed off from the Great Lakes to keep invasive species, such as Asian carp, from moving between them.
The cheapest solution would cost taxpayers more than $3 billion and would take at least a decade to complete.
The study cost $2 million and was funded by the Joyce Foundation, the C.S. Mott Foundation, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the Wege Foundation, the Great Lakes Protection Fund and the Frey Foundation.
For the full article, see Tina Lam, "Cheapest plan to hold back Asian carp carries $3B price tag", Detroit Free Press, January 31, 2012.
For another, see John Flesher, "Report proposes spending up to $9.5B to protect Great Lakes against invasive species", Detroit News, January 31, 2012.
Livestock and Dog Owners Gain Ability to Protect Animals
Management authority over wolves in Michigan has been officially returned to the Department of Natural Resources, putting the state's Wolf Management Plan into effect, the DNR announced today.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the federal endangered species list became official today. The Great Lakes region includes Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Wolves remain a protected, nongame species in Michigan, but state management will afford more options when dealing with wolves preying on livestock or dogs.
"Delisting is a victory for the state and for Michigan citizens who have been affected by this issue," said DNR Director Rodney Stokes. "The state's healthy wolf population is a reminder that Michigan still has places where wild animals such as wolves can live and thrive. Fully implementing the state's Wolf Management Plan will allow us to more effectively respond to problem wolves, while maintaining a self-sustaining wolf population and increasing social acceptance of the species as a whole."
The DNR will continue to recommend nonlethal methods of control as the first option for residents. However, in cases where nonlethal methods are not working or are not feasible, state officials will now have greater flexibility to use lethal means to remove problem wolves when appropriate. In addition, Michigan residents will be able to legally protect their livestock and dogs if an animal is being attacked by a wolf.
The Michigan Legislature passed laws in 2008 to allow livestock or dog owners, or their designated agents, to remove, capture, or, if deemed necessary, use lethal means to destroy a wolf that is "in the act of preying upon" (attempting to kill or injure) the owner's livestock or dog(s). These state laws took effect Jan. 27, 2012.
Livestock or dog owners who use lethal means to destroy a wolf must observe the following guidelines:
Report the lethal take of a wolf by calling the Report All Poaching (RAP) hotline at 800-292-7800 no later than 12 hours after the lethal take.
Retain possession of the wolf until a DNR official is available to take possession. A DNR official will respond to the scene within 12 hours of notification.
Do not move or disturb the dead wolf. The only exception to this rule is if a wolf has been killed in the act of preying upon livestock and leaving the wolf in place would impede normal farming practices. In that case the wolf may be moved to a secure location once photographs are taken of the wolf and the area where lethal means were used.
"Although lethal control methods are now legal in certain circumstances, wolves remain a protected species in Michigan and no hunting or trapping season is in place," said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. "The DNR will investigate and continue prosecution of any wolf poaching cases."
Illegally killing a wolf is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both, and the cost of prosecution. Suspected poaching violations may be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the DNR's RAP hotline at 800-292-7800.
There are an estimated 687 wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. For more information on Michigan's wolf population, greater detail about the two laws governing wolf depredation, and to see the state's Wolf Management Plan, visit http://www.michigan.gov/wolves .
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to http://www.michigan.gov/dnr .
Source : Michigan Newswire, January 27, 2012
The legislation by Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, would require manufacturers and distributors to report to the Department of Community Health if their products contain potentially harmful chemicals, and if so in what quantity.
The results would then be available to the public on the department’s website.
For the full article, see Patrick Lyons, "Michigan lawmakers propose more public information about children’s products", Capital News Service via Great Lakes Echo, January 27, 2012.
Congressman Bill Huizenga's position on the S.S. Badger's continued dumping of coal ash into Lake Michigan does not reflect the opinion of his entire constituency, Muskegon Mayor Steve Warmington said Friday.
Warmington reacted to Huizenga's comments to The Chronicle Editorial Board Thursday in support of extending a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permit for the Badger to continue its disposal practices.
For the full article, see Dave Alexander, "Muskegon Mayor Steve Warmington objects to congressman's position on the S.S. Badger", Muskegon Chronicle via MLive, January 28, 2012.
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After reading Charles Fishman's The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water (Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2011), you will never think about water in the same way. In fact, and this is one of Fishman’s main points, you will actually BEGIN to think about water whenever you turn on the dishwasher, the garden hose, the dehumidifier—whenever you use water. Water will never again be as invisible as it has been for most of us.
For the full article, see Kirk Heintze, "Invisibility No Longer an Option: New Book Challenges Us to Think Differently about Water", MLive, January 25, 2012.
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