Trump Budget, River Cleanups, Free Fishing

For Feb. 16, 2018

1 – Environmental groups are sounding the alarm about a proposed federal budget from President Trump.

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The plan would drastically cut core Great Lakes programs as well as funding for the Environmental Protection Agency. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition says it will be up to Republicans and Democrats in Congress to support Great Lakes restoration efforts.

The Coalition says reductions to programs in the Trump Administration Budget include a 90 percent cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and a 34 percent cut to the EPA, which helps administer restoration and clean water protection programs.

The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition includes more than 150 environmental, conservation and other organizations.

2 – Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Program.

The program provides small grants to local governments for volunteer cleanups of rivers, streams, and creeks in Michigan.

Funding comes from the state Department of Environmental Quality through fees collected from the sale of Water Quality Protection License Plates.

Grants range from $500 to $5,000, and may be used to support the cleanup and removal of human-made trash and debris from rivers and streams and along their banks.

Grant funds awarded under the program can pay for such items as disposal costs, hand tools and supplies.

The application deadline is Feb. 20.

For more information on the Michigan Volunteer River, Stream, and Creek Cleanup Grant Program, visit

3 – This weekend, Saturday Feb. 17 and Sunday Feb. 18, is Free Fishing Weekend in Michigan.

A license is not required to fish those two days, but all other fishing regulations still apply.

The annual effort aims to promote fishing opportunities in the state. You can bundle up and head out on your own, or join one of several organized events throughout the state.

Fishing the Saginaw River in Bay City, Michigan

Those include the 26th Annual Shanty Days in Caseville, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. This event is hosted by the Caseville Chamber of Commerce and rewards anglers who catch the biggest walleye, lake trout, yellow perch and northern pike.

There’s also the 25 Annual Winter Festival in Bay County at the Bay City State Recreation Area, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. It includes a Family Ice Fishing Derby, Youth Ice Fishing Clinic, raffle and other winter activities.

For more information and a list of events, see

– 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



Report Winter Fish Kills, Enter Duck Stamp Contest

For Feb. 9, 2018

1 – If you see more than 25 dead fish, the state wants to know about it.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has created new online form for reporting mass fish kills.


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The agency says winter weather can create conditions that cause fish and other other creatures such as turtles, frogs, toads and crayfish to die.

The new online form allows people to report fish kills in quantities of 25 or more.

Officials say a fish kill of that size could have more factors involved that require further investigation.

The Sick or Dead Aquatic Species form can be found in the DNR’s Eyes in the Field application at

2 – A Federal Junior Duck Stamp program uses art and science to teach students in grades K through 12 about the value of wetlands and waterfowl.

By entering the Junior Duck Stamp art contest, students can show off what they’ve learned visually.

Each year, thousands of students across the US enter the contest. In 2017, 230 students in grades K through 12 participated in Michigan.

A total of 100 winners are chosen with one top winner named as the “Best of Show.” The Best of Show’s then compete in a national competition. One image is selected to become the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Entries for the Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest are due by March 15. Artwork must be of a North American duck, goose or swan.

A special awards ceremony is held each spring at Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw for first through third place winners. Prizes in past years have included gift certificates, art supplies, backpacks and more.

Registration information can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge’s Junior Duck Stamp Program webpage.

– 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

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