The Great Lakes region has always been defined by water. The “sweetwater seas,” as the lakes were known, sustained indigenous people, and served as a thoroughfare for hunters, fur traders and early voyagers.
Lake Michigan soon will be home to a new 75 mile shoreline recreational water trail, according to the U.S Department of the Interior.The Department formally announced the creation of the first leg of the Lake Michigan Water Trail during a press conference on Thursday.
Federal and state officials are beginning a series of projects to pinpoint how close Asian carp are to the Great Lakes and reduce their numbers in Chicago-area waterways near Lake Michigan. The Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released a $7 million monitoring and sampling plan Monday.
Federal regulators have struck a deal with environmental groups to clamp down on invasive species in waterways like the Great Lakes. The legal settlement paves the way to treat invaders carried in ships’ ballast water more like other pollution.
Some environmentalist groups say slashing funding for the EPA wouldn't be good for the Great Lakes. President Obama's proposed 2012 budget would cut 125 million dollars slated for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Cameron Davis is a senior advisor to the EPA on Great Lakes issues.
As far as we know, there is no equivalent of the Loch Ness monster cruising the Great Lakes' waters. But in recent years Asian carp have become something of a regional environmental menace because of their size, population and need to feed.
The Obama Administration is outlining initiatives for next year to prevent Asian carp from making its way into the Great Lakes.
John Goss is the White House carp czar. He said the feds are working with local governments to up protection in and around the Great Lakes.