For Friday, July 29, 2016[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/s/z5x6ems4pqlju34/mr-great-lakes-7-29-16.mp3]
1 – The Saginaw Bay Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area exists to create and support collaborative invasive species management among federal and state agencies.
The group also works with municipalities, tribes, nonprofits, community organizations, schools, and private landowners.
Recently, members have been busy pulling European frog-bit.
These invasive plants look like water lilies but are listed as a prohibited noxious weed by the state. They occur in shallow, slow-moving water on the edges of lakes and other places.
Earlier in July, the Saginaw Bay group spent time removing European frog-bit at the Bay City State Recreation Area.
They worked with the state Department of Natural Resources and reportedly spent 10 hours removing the weed, gathering about 1,000 pounds of plant material.
Officials say frog-bit is a newer invasive species that is quickly spreading along Saginaw Bay.
2 – Huron Pines staff are out conducting Floristic Quality Assessments along the Mason Tract, a special management area along the South Branch of the AuSable River that takes in about 4,500 acres.
The Gaylord nonprofit is working with local partners to push back invasive Japanese barberry. Japanese barberry is a spiny shrub that forms dense stands and competes with native trees and herbaceous plants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Data from the work will help researchers understand the recovery and resiliency of the area’s special native plant communities.
Those interested can apply to be a seasonal stewardship technician with Huron Pines.
– Via http://icont.ac/3tbUt
3 – Nonpoint source pollution happens when rain, snowmelt, or wind carries pollutants off the land and into lakes, streams, wetlands, and other water bodies.
Michigan has a Nonpoint Source Program to assist local governments, nonprofits, and others in reducing this type of pollution by implementing plans to protect watersheds in the state.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality anticipates that $4.3 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for projects that implement recommendations in approved watershed management plans.
A webinar with more information is planned for Aug. 2. Projects are to awarded in the summer of 2017.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.