Freshwater Weekly 7/13/17
This week: a severe forecast for Lake Erie algae + good news on Great Lakes funding + job-stealing carp + ways you can make a difference.
LAKE ERIE’S SUMMER FORECAST IS LOOKING GREEN
The forecast is out, and this summer the blooms are coming back. Today the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its forecast for the summer algal bloom in Lake Erie’s western basin. The forecast indicated a severe algal bloom, raising concerns for the health of the lake, and those communities who depend on Lake Erie for drinking water, tourism, fishing, or other recreational activities.
Freshwater Future joins several concerned environmental groups in calling upon governments along Lake Erie to take stronger, more proactive steps to reduce the runoff pollution that leads to toxic algal blooms each summer.
GOOD NEWS ON GREAT LAKES FUNDING
The US Congress appears to be on track to reject proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Hooray! On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee released a bill that restores 100% of GLRI funding. Although the budget battle is far from over, this is promising news made possible in part by your unwavering vocal support for the Great Lakes. Give yourself a pat on the back, and read more on our blog.
CARP: INVASION OF THE JOB SNATCHERS
Great Lakes conservation groups are releasing a series of short, shareable videos about the impact of Asian Carp on our waters, our economy, and our way of life. In the first of the series we hear from Northern Michigan fly fishing guide Brian Kozminski about the threat the fish pose to his livelihood. Watch it here.
TAKE ACTION: Remember the live carp that was caught just nine miles from Lake Michigan a few weeks ago? We’re still urging Congress to support the Stop Asian Carp Now Act and demand the release of the Brandon Road Study. It’s our first step in preventing the spread of these invasive fish. If you haven’t done so already, click here to send your representatives a quick email.
There are lots of simple ways to help protect our waters. Find more at freshwaterfuture.org/take-action.