What's New on GLIN Native vs. non-native Phragmites Although non-native Phragmites australis reigns supreme in terms of publicity, it is important remember that we also have stands of native Phragmites throughout the Great Lakes region. A recent blog featured on the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative website helps clarify the differences.
EPA app targets mobile algae forecasting Great Lakes Echo (8/31) A new app could have big implications for water management and the people who drink, swim or fish within the Great Lakes. The app will detect blooms of cyanobacteria Ė a photosynthetic microbe responsible for water quality headaches that particularly affect Lake Erie supplies.
Testing farm soil can help in algae fight The Columbus Dispatch (8/31) Ohioís ongoing problems with toxic algae likely wonít be solved anytime soon, but some practices already in place, like soil testing, could help slow the flow of fertilizer from farm fields to waterways that feeds the algae that plagues Lake Erie and other Ohio lakes.
Despite Soo shutdown, new lock a long shot Detroit Free Press (8/30) Itís seldom that one of the locks at Sault Ste. Marie has to be taken out of commission in the middle of a shipping season ó and rarer still that it has to be drained for repairs. But when an interruption at the Soo Locks lasts 20 days as it did this summer, it causes deep concern.
Two Rivers area shipwrecks explored Manitowoc Herald Times (8/30) Two maritime archeologists from the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute's R/V Dawn Treader came to Manitowoc County to survey the S.C. Baldwin shipwreck. The survey is a requirement to add the vessel to the state, and eventually national, Register of Historic Places.
Foreign species plan a balance of risk, benefits Ottawa Sun (8/30) Today, no foreign species are imported into Canada without the approval of the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency. In the past, however, there were virtually no studies done before introducing a new invasive species to an established ecosystem.
Algae in western Lake Erie eats into fishing business The Associated Press (8/29) Fishing guides who make their living on Lake Erie say this year's algae bloom is quickly rivaling the worst they've seen in past years and some charter boat captains are forced to cancel trips.
Lakes with invasive starry stonewort grow to six Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (8/28) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has identified six water bodies where starry stonewort, the latest invasive species to strike the state, has been identified.
COMMENTARY: A tour of Lake Michigan, my inland sea The New York Times (8/27) Chicago, sand dunes, a ferry crossing. A voyage around Lake Michigan reveals striking topography, time-worn communities and the reassuring permanence of an unchanging lake amid it all.