Saginaw Bay Reef Documentary, Trail Meetings and 100% Renewable Bills

For Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

1 – There’s a new documentary on a recent project to restore the Coreyon Reef in Saginaw Bay. 

The reef project was funded mostly by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant of nearly $1 million. 

The Bay City-based Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network was an initial supporter. 

The 15-minute film was produced by The Conservation Fund, with other funding from the Bay Area Community Foundation. It can be found on YouTube.

The Coreyon Reef Restoration project involved placing more than 25,000 tons of crushed limestone and granite at a location about 9 miles off shore of Saginaw Bay. 

The purpose was to create an additional spawning site for native fish species. Researchers believe expanding options for fish spawning will lead to more vibrant and resilient fish populations in the Saginaw Bay system.

2 – People can share their views about trails for off-road vehicles and other uses at upcoming meetings by state advisory groups. 

Several will be held throughout the day on Feb. 21 in Roscommon. 

They include the Nonmotorized Advisory Workgroup and the Off-road Vehicle Advisory Workgroup

Also holding meetings in Roscommon on Feb. 21 are the Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup and the Trails Advisory Council.

Officials say the meetings are an opportunity for people to help shape public policy. 

The groups and council provide advice to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources related to the creation, development, operation and maintenance of various state-designated trail systems.

3 – Bills in the state Legislature would require 100 percent renewable energy for Michigan by 2050. 

The bills were introduced by Democratic representatives from Ann Arbor and Detroit, and highlighted recently by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

The measures would gradually increase Michigan’s clean energy standard. 

Michigan utilities would have to use renewable sources like wind and solar to generate 25 percent of their energy by 2025, 50 percent by 2032, 75 percent by 2040 and 100% by 2050.

Michigan’s current renewable portfolio standard is 15 percent by 2021. 

Other states that have passed 100 percent standards include Connecticut and New York

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

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