Lake Michigan’s Good Harbor Reef has been plagued with avian botulism and excessive amounts of algae since invasive zebra and quagga mussels settled onto its rocky floor in the late 1980s-early ’90s.
Invasive crayfish have been calling the Great Lakes home for decades. Researchers are looking into ways to keep them in check, get a full account of existing populations and see what species and range expansions could be coming.
A new partnership among residents of Great Lakes island communities has launched. The concept was spearheaded by Michigan Office of the Great Lakes Director Jon W. Allan and draws inspiration from the Island Institute, a nonprofit that supports 15 off-shore islands in Maine.
Flowing through the heart of Traverse City, Michigan—a popular destination in the Great Lakes region—is the Boardman (Ottaway) River. Formerly used to generate hydropower, the 28.6 miles of the Boardman River were fragmented by four dams: Brown Bridge, Boardman, Sabin and Union Street.