Talkin’ Trash at SVSU, Droppin’ Rocks in Saginaw Bay

For Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

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1 – Folks will be talking trash on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Saginaw Valley State University. 

The event is being put on by the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. 

The conservancy will be discussing a regional plan for litter-free land. 

They’re looking for insights and feedback on methods to prevent blight. 

The regional interactive workshop also will focus on taking action against litter and illegal dumping in the Saginaw Bay region. 

The free event is at 5 p.m. in SVSU’s Curtiss Hall. 

For more information and to register, see the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy online at sblc-mi.org.

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2 –  A project more than 20 years in the making is making a splash in Saginaw Bay. 

This month, a fish spawning habitat restoration project began in the bay, to restore a 2-acre rock reef at a site about 11 miles northeast of the mouth of the Saginaw River. 

State officials say the restoration project focuses on the trailing edge of a historic rock reef complex that existed naturally in the bay. That old reef was heavily degraded by sand and sedimentation from erosion in the watershed. 

Restoration efforts with rocks began this month and should be complete by early fall. 

The rock, from Great Lakes Dock and Materials of Muskegon, is crushed limestone and glacial cobble. 

In all, about 22,500 tons of rock will be used to build the reef, placed in precise positions by barges and cranes.

The restored reef will be about 2 acres and reach a peak of about 5 feet off the bottom in 18 feet of water. 

A state biologist says fish species need rocky habitats for spawning because it can protect their eggs from predators and ensure they get enough oxygen to incubate. 

Walleye, lake whitefish and lake trout are expected to benefit the most from the habitat restoration.

Principal funding for the project came from a nearly $1 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant via the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The final project total of almost $1.4 million includes $25,000 from the Bay City-based Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network.   

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR. Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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