For Friday, June 5, 2015
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1 – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is exploring commercial fishing in Lake Huron, issuing a research permit to an existing Saginaw Bay commercial fisher.
The Michigan waters of southern Lake Huron have not been commercially fished in five decades, according to the DNR. The agency believes there could be an abundant stock of lake whitefish available for harvest.
The permit allows the fisher, from Pinconning, to explore lake whitefish populations beginning this month (June 2015). The fisher will be permitted to set large mesh trap nets on experimental fishing grounds. The location is several miles south of Harbor Beach and north of Port Sanilac.
The research fishery is expected to continue over the next three years, while the DNR monitors and evaluates fish populations.
2 – Native plants reduce stormwater runoff and attract wildlife. They also require less watering and don’t need fertilizers or pesticides to survive.
Information on native gardening is available on a new website from The Nature Conservancy.
The site aims to make it easy for gardeners to get started using plants native to their area in yards and gardens.
You can answer four simple questions about your planting area, and the site will kick out a short list of plants that will thrive there.
There also are video clips.
The site is at nature.org/GoNative.
3 – Michigan is more than halfway toward meeting a clean power goal.
A proposed Clean Power Plan from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes benchmarks for states to reduce their carbon emissions by 2020.
An analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists says Michigan is one of eight states that are more than 50 percent toward meeting the 2020 Clean Power Plan benchmarks. The others include Indiana and Wisconsin.
The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Most of the reductions would be made by 2020.
The EPA plan is expected to be finalized this summer, and states will submit their own plans for meeting the targets.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.
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