Sturgeon in the Bay, EV Charging in Michigan, Huron Preserve in the Works

For Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

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1 – More than 100 hatchery-raised sturgeon were released into tributaries of the Saginaw Bay watershed. 

Public release events were held earlier this month on the Cass, Flint, Shiawassee, and Tittabawassee rivers with local, state and federal partners. 

Lake sturgeon were once abundant in many Michigan lakes and rivers. But the fish were nearly eradicated due to overfishing and habitat loss. 

In recent years, partnerships and projects are working to restore sturgeon to a self-sustaining level in Michigan. The work by organizations including Michigan Sea Grant and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network includes restoring sturgeon habitat, reintroducing sturgeon into their native ranges and raising awareness and appreciation for the species.

Lake sturgeon can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds. They’re slow to mature and do not begin reproducing until they are 15-20 years old.

You can learn more about Saginaw Bay lake sturgeon restoration efforts online at  saginawbaysturgeon.org.

2 – Where can you charge an electric vehicle? 

Credit: Rathaphon Nanthapreecha on Pexels.com

The latest online story map produced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy provides an update on the agency’s Charge Up Michigan program.

The program offers grants to install publicly available direct current, fast chargers for electric vehicles.

The state says vehicle manufacturers are investing billions of dollars into developing electric vehicles. Companies foresee a future where their entire fleets, from SUVs to pickup trucks and commercial fleet vehicles, will be powered by batteries instead of fossil fuels. 

The story map includes locations of state-funded and other operational fast-charging stations, including in Bay City, Kawkawlin and Saginaw. 

3 – Efforts to protect a 145-acre property south of Tawas are ongoing. 

The nonprofit Huron Pines organization in Gaylord is working to permanently protect and conserve nearly a mile of Lake Huron shoreline as the Lake Huron Coastal Preserve. 

The group says the public nature preserve would improve public lake access and enhance local trails and recreation opportunities for residents, visitors and future generations. 

Huron Pines and Alabaster Township are working to raise $2.5 million to protect and manage the land in perpetuity. 

A little over $1 million has been raised so far. The township also is seeking funding from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. 

A virtual aerial tour of the preserve and more information is online at huronpines.org/lakehuron.

– Mr. Great Lakes is heard Friday mornings in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Public Radio 90.1 FM (listen). Follow @jeffkart on Twitter #MrGreatLakes

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