TRAVERSE CITY-- Local experts, government officials and nonprofit employees will gather in Traverse City on Nov. 1 to discuss the great issues facing the Great Lakes and other freshwater bodies.
The sixth annual Freshwater Summit will give attendees a chance to exchange information about freshwater issues and research, ranging from the Great Lakes to inland lakes and freshwater streams.
“High-quality fresh water is a huge part of our economy in northwest Michigan. The clean, clear water that we have really drives our economy, our tourism, our work,” said Mark Breederland, director of the Michigan Sea Grant Extension Northwest region who is helping to organize the summit. “Having a healthy great lakes -- this is the world’s freshwater treasure and we want to good job of stewarding and protecting through time.”
Just weeks before Halloween, a giant fish, called an oarfish, floated near-shore in California.
A surprised swimmer bumped into the 14-foot-long dead deepwater fish while snorkeling, and the long, snake-like fish has made the news rounds.
While the Great Lakes may not have fish the size of two NBA players standing on each other’s shoulders -- fish that were mistaken in mythology for sea serpents -- the lakes do have their own peculiar set of toothsome fish.
Legislation passed last week in the U.S. House of Representatives would put the Great Lakes on an equal footing with other regions of the country in budgeting for dredging and other harbor maintenance, supporters say.
The measure to modernize the nation's water transportation infrastructure was approved by an overwhelming vote of 417 to 3.
The Water Resources Reform and Development Act authorizes the Army Corps of Engineers to develop, maintain, and support our nation's waterways.
The legislation, which now goes to a Senate conference committee, also would allow Congress to update harbor infrastructure policies to meet the changing demands of the maritime economy.
A key provision designates the vast Great Lakes navigation system of harbors and connecting waterways as a single, unified entity for budgeting.