Crystal clear Great Lakes might not be so healthy

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. At Brighton Beach outside Duluth, the waters of Lake Superior are stunningly clear. Looking into about six feet of water, it’s easy to see smooth rocks at the bottom. But Lake Superior has lost its long-held title as the clearest of the Great Lakes. A recent study …

Autopsy reveals more on Asian carp found near Lake Michigan

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. The Asian carp captured this summer near the southern tip of Lake Michigan — triggering a big scare — apparently slipped past electric barriers. Officials announced Friday that a necropsy of the 4-year-old fish showed that it originated in the Illinois/Middle Mississippi watershed, spending about a year in …

Parade of invaders threaten inland lakes

Read the full story in Great Lakes Echo. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that more than 180 invasive and non-native species have severely damaged the Great Lakes’ ecosystem — so far. Although it’s less well-known, many of those invaders also have found their way into Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. Many rivers, streams and …

Army Corps of Engineers plans $275 million in defenses to block Asian carp from reaching Great Lakes

Read the full story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Underwater noise and powerful water jets are among the $275 million worth of new defenses the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposes building at an Illinois navigation lock on the Des Plaines River to prevent invasive Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes. After several months …

Anticipating and Preventing the Spread of Invasive Plants

Read the full case study in the Climate Resilience Toolkit. Joshua Smith serves as Restoration Program Manager for the non-profit Watershed Research and Training Center. The Center is based in the once-booming timber town of Hayfork, California, and Smith coordinates many wildland stewardship efforts across the Klamath region. One of the biggest challenges he faces …

Pet fish pose potential lake problems

Read the full story in the Detroit News. From his commercial fishing boat in Lake Erie, Nathan Newsome has seen all kinds of fish. And he will be the first to say he has an eye for something that doesn’t belong in Michigan waters. From thousands of goldfish to varieties such as carp, the Great …