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Recent Great Lakes-related stories on Michigan Live
- Subject: Recent Great Lakes-related stories on Michigan Live
- From: Poulsondav@aol.com
- Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 17:46:40 EDT
- List-Name: GLIN-Announce
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Populations of native Great Lakes fish are recovering, an indication that
costly efforts to curb pollution and kill the troublesome sea lamprey are
paying huge biological dividends.
Scientists say thriving populations of native fish, including lake whitefish
in Lake Michigan and lake trout in Lake Superior, are evidence the massive
lakes have become much healthier during the past 20 years.
A coalition of environmental agencies is "going postal" in its bid to
eliminate troublesome purple loosestrife plants in Michigan waterways.
Officials are hoping state residents will use postcards to help combat purple
loosestrife, a foreign intruder that spreads rapidly in wetlands clogging
shallow waterways and choking out native plants that provide habitat for
animals. Loosestrife grows rampant along many area waterways, including the
Muskegon and Grand Rivers and their tributaries.
Next week's plan is to kill an estimated 1.2 million sea lamprey larvae
infesting 12 miles of the Au Sable River in Oscoda.
The walkers, joggers and baby-stroller pushers used Reeds Lake Boulevard on
Thursday, totally unaware that war -- on a tiny scale -- was about to break
Purple loosestrife, the towering purple-flowered plant that just loves to
invade and take over wetlands across Michigan, was meeting its natural enemy.