For April 28, 2017
1 – Two fishing seasons start this weekend.
The statewide trout season and the Lower Peninsula seasons for inland walleye, northern pike and muskellunge all open on Saturday, April 29.
Fishing is a major economic driver in many parts of Michigan. The state says anglers typically generate $4.4 billion in economic activity, which generates $623 million in local, state and federal tax revenue. Sportfishing in Michigan is estimated to support nearly 38,000 jobs.
The new fishing license season began April 1, so anglers need to be sure they’ve purchased a new fishing license for this fishing season.
This is the second year of the two-year Michigan Fishing Guide. The guide is available online at michigan.gov/fishingguide.
2 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments on the repeal of regulations.
An executive order from President Donald Trump requires government agencies like the EPA to create a Task Force to identify existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome on the American people.
For example, the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management is seeking feedback on its regulations. The office deals with the land disposal of hazardous waste and underground storage tanks; state and local governments in redeveloping and reusing potentially contaminated sites through a Brownfields program; and addressing contaminated soil and groundwater.
The EPA is accepting comments through May 15, 2017 at docket EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190.
3 – Statewide targets for E. coli bacteria in impaired water bodies are under review by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Public comments are being taken a draft statewide total maximum daily load framework for E. coli.
The framework is being developed to identify the pathogen reductions necessary to meet water quality standards.
The state says routine testing has shown E. coli levels in many areas are above the standard. These levels increase the risk of illness upon contact or ingestion of the water. High levels of E. coli can close result in beach closures.
Comments are being taken through May 19.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9:30 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes