Monday, February 21, 2005

Gotta be good news:

AP Wire | 02/17/2005 | Scientists look for sturgeon in Saginaw River watershed
Egg mats will be placed in two likely spawning areas - below the Dow Chemical Co. dam on the Tittabawassee River in Midland and below the Frankenmuth dam on the Cass River in downtown Frankenmuth.

The project will continue until the end of April, and resume in 2006 and 2007.

Sturgeon, the largest fish in the Great Lakes, date back to the time of the dinosaurs, but their numbers have dwindled to less than 1 percent of their former abundance.
I'm convinced people involved in this plan put much thought into the safety, risks and effects of their decision on placement of this old species.

When I read about the following broadcast, State develops dioxin-education program for sportsmen I couldn't help but wonder if listeners are aware there are advisories all over Michigan and other states for all kinds of fish and wildlife. Because this particular area has been placed under the microscope of extremist environmentalism, it looks like a very special situation! I just hope the guys who like to fish downstream of the Dow dam recognize any resulting sturgeon as a protected species and let them be. Maybe a bit of training in that arena would be a good idea, eh?

I just LOVE this one... and want to be there for the big bonfire!
State proposes scorched-beach policy to fight weed
Frank & I were out and about February 12 photographing marina's, fishermen, and the general icy environment around our beautiful corner of Michigan, noticing a trail had been blazed out to the beach and the bay where we photographed 'Where's the Beach' last summer. Ice fishermen get nicer treatment than us beach bums I guess.

Notice the height of those weeds... and they go on for miles in either direction along the bay. I think I'm pleased our Bay City-based MDEQ people are on the ball. That's how we clean up our backyards after the floods here along the Tittabawassee River floodplain. Hmmm... do we see a connection here, boys & girls?

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