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E-M:/ Sylvania Track in the UP

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United piece about the U.P.'s Sylvania Track....

Great Lakes Habitat Watch #71
Week of June 30, 1997

AOC:  According to Environment Canada initial habitat
restoration efforts in the St. Lawrence River Area of
Concern have resulted in a dramatic response by the
near-shore fish community.  Dr. Brian Hickey, Habitat
Coordinator for the St. Lawrence RAP in Cornwall,
Ontario, reports that a reassessment of the fish
community since construction of two artificial reefs
(McConnell Ave. and Lamoureux Park) shows a large
increase in both total population and diversity of
species especially at the McConnell site, with both
measures showing a decline at each of three control
sites.  Hickey pointed out that the decreases observed
at the control sites are most likely the result of a
less efficient electrofishing boat used for all of the
"after" assessments rather than an actual decrease in
population or diversity.  Nevertheless, this
inefficiency in the second measure only suggests that
the increases at the new reef sites may be even larger. 
Structural features, such as wetlands, rapids, rocky
reefs and shoals were greatly diminished through years
of shoreline development along the river.  The RAP
proposed 18 near-shore restoration projects aimed at
increasing the structural diversity along an eight
kilometer stretch of the Cornwall waterfront.  To date
five of these projects, including the McConnell and
Lamoureux Park reefs, are completed or underway.  
Contact Dr. Brian Hickey at (613) 938-3611.  

Area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula remains a focal
point in a legal battle to test the limits of riparian
rights.  As reported in Habitat Watch #s 46 and 49, a
duo of property owners living adjacent to the
wilderness area are being represented by the Mountain
States Legal Foundation in a series of cases against
the U.S. Forest Service.  Plaintiff Kathy Stupak-Thrall
has recently succeeded in having a resolution
introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives
stating that last year's lawsuit decision upholding the
right of the Forest Service to implement regulations
within the wilderness area is ignoring Michigan's right
to regulate and monitor the rights of residents living
adjacent to federal lands.  According to the Upper
Peninsula Environment Coalition, the claim is baseless
in that the court decision is limited to regulation of
activities within the wilderness area.  Despite its
lack of substance, UPEC points out that by  trotting
out the same distortions reported to the press this
winter, the resolution has gained support in the
Michigan legislature.  The resolution would have no
real impact on the Forest Service's authority, but it
could serve to pressure the FS to back down on its
policies.  On the litigation front, the U.S. Supreme
Court has declined to hear MSLF's appeal of the earlier
decision which supported the FS's regulation of
electric motors and sailboats in the wilderness area. 
An injunction blocking the FS from enforcing their
rules still stands pending the outcome of a second case
before a Federal District Court.  This case has the
same plaintiffs and addresses restrictions on gas-fired
engines to propel motorboats. UPEC's and the FS's main
argument is that the court's decision should be bound
by the decision of the first case, given that the
parties and the issues are the same. Arguments for the
second case have closed.  Contact Bill Malmsten at
(906) 485-5909.  

Environmental Information Center reported last week
that the Great Lakes region ranks number one in the
release of endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals
such as PCBs, number one in carcinogens such as benzene
and number two in reproductive toxins such as lead
relative to other U.S. regions.  To make matters worse,
with more than 70 percent of all reported releases
nationwide going into the air, the Great Lakes region
has become a major sink for toxins generated elsewhere. 
A follow-up report detailing pollution sources will be
released shortly.  Contact the EIC at (202) 887-8877.

GL Habitat Watch is produced by GLU's Biodiversity and
Habitat Protection Task Force. The Task Force is
committed to protecting natural areas and resources and 
strong conservation laws in the face of  wise use 
opposition.   Please send your stories to Andy Frank
via phone [(716) 886-0142]; fax [(716) 886-0303] or e-
mail [glu@igc.org].

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