Following a heavy rain event, a mixture of diesel fuel and lube waste oil was observed the morning of April 9, 2002, in the Rouge River. In the late evening of April 12, 2002, or the early morning of April 13th, another oil spill occurred after a heavy rainfall. It appeared the oil came from one of the combined sewer outfalls on the River Rouge (Baby Creek Outfall). This release was trapped in the River Rouge due to booming at the mouth, preventing further releases oil into the Detroit River. This spill was significantly greater than the first release.
Managing a national wildlife refuge is complicated business; what helps one species may have drawbacks for another species. For example, should a refuge restore prairie habitat to benefit grassland birds, or should staff time and funding be used to improve habitat for forest-associated species? Should staff focus on wildlife research or combating invasive species? A new trail will enhance access for fishing, but will it make an area less desirable for nesting birds? Answering these and other questions shapes the future of national wildlife refuges.
The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is a part of a broader LCC Network established by the signing of Department of Interior Secretarial Order No. 3289. The Department launched the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) to better integrate science and management to address climate change and other landscape scale conservation issues.
The Michigan DNR Managed Public Land Strategy establishes a framework for the continued conservation, use and management of public lands to provide an enhanced quality of life for Michigan residents, create jobs and protect the essence of Michigan's woods, waters, wildlife and other natural and cultural assets. The Strategy builds on the strengths of Michigan's public land ownership: diversity of landscapes, quality of resources and opportunities, dispersed locations throughout the state, and use that supports local economies.
Michigan's Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation (CELC) Plan was written under Public Law 107-77 and was established to pass funding to eligible coastal states for the purpose of protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural or recreational state to other uses. The national CELC Program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Part of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the Nearshore Framework is intended to address ongoing and emerging challenges to the nearshore waters of the Great Lakes, where restoration, protection and prevention activities are critical to improving and sustaining the ecological health of Great Lakes coastal areas and enhancing attendant social, cultural, recreational and economic benefits.
The Strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime transportation
The Alliance for Water Efficiency assessed five representative industries within the Great Lakes watershed that are supplied with treated drinking water and that discharge to a local wastewater utility. The assessments that were conducted focused on four factors: Potential water conservation opportunities; Benefits and costs from the water user s perspective; The environmental benefits of undertaking those conservation opportunities; and A strategy for providing funding assistance to industries.
This Watershed Management Plan (WMP) was developed for the purposes of fulfilling Phase II storm water requirements for local public entities and to provide a comprehensive storm water management plan that will improve and protect water quality across the land area known as St. Clair County's Northeastern Watersheds (NEW).