Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Plan of action

Michigan unveils roadmap to cut flow of phosphorus

Rebecca Williams

Michigan Radio


On the cusp of what's expected to be another sizable summer algae bloom in Lake Erie, the state of Michigan has released a plan for improving the lake that critics say doesn't do enough to reduce nutrient-laden runoff from farms. The state calls the 23-page Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie a roadmap to help Michigan meet its joint pledge with Ohio and Canada to reduce phosphorus entering the lake by 40 percent over the next eight years.


EPA chief wants budget cuts, clean Great Lakes


Newly-installed EPA chief Scott Pruitt told a congressional funding subcommittee he'll address cleanup priorities of Ohio and other states even though his 2018 budget proposal calls for more than $2 billion in cuts. "I believe we can fulfill the mission of our agency with a trimmed budget," Pruitt told the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies.


Minnesota takes steps to address climate change

International Falls Journal

A new report by Minnesota's Interagency Climate Adaptation Team says the effects of climate change, from heavier rainfall events to changing ecosystems, will be significant and far-reaching. “This new report underscores the importance of ensuring Minnesota is climate resilient by implementing changes like weatherizing our buildings and improving runoff control,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith.