For July 1, 2016[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ynwghhz5zd1hbqk/mr-great-lakes-7-1-16.mp3]
1 – July 3-9 is Invasive Species Awareness Week in Michigan.
With recent discoveries of invasive New Zealand mud snails in the Au Sable and Pere Marquette rivers, state officials say the week takes on added importance.
Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants and animals that disrupt the natural ecosystem, tourism and the economy.
For Invasive Species Awareness Week, state departments are putting on outreach events at more than 50 boat launches.
The events, which include the Department of Environmental Quality and local volunteers, are meant to assist boaters in preventing the spread of aquatic invasives and comply with related laws.
Many invasive species, including New Zealand mud snails, are easily spread by boaters and anglers who use their equipment in multiple bodies of water without properly cleaning it.
2 – Michigan is working with Ohio boost the region’s advanced energy sector.
A new Clean Energy Manufacturing Roadmap was developed by state energy agencies in Michigan and Ohio.
It focuses on strategies for advancing energy efficient building technology and reducing energy costs related to clean energy manufacturing.
The effort was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and analyzed energy storage, LED lighting and electronics. The report puts a strong focus on increased research and development.
Officials say recommendations from the report can be used to build the region’s clean energy cluster and accelerate regional economic development.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.