flowing waterThis edition of News to Us provides updates on a couple of emerging threats to Michigan’s water – Asian carp and fracking.  Also, learn where Osprey go to escape the winter and how water can be the basis of a strong and growing economy.

Osprey from Michigan refuge arrives in Cuba  You may recall, back in September, we shared some news about our local Osprey getting a new accessory (Osprey to wear backpacks in Southeast Michigan).  Well, it seems our friends have traveled long and far.  Read this article to find out where for local Osprey are wintering this year.

Michigan DEQ proposes new fracking regulations in light of environmental, health concerns  In response to growing public concern, MDEQ has updated regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’.  The new regulations require more reporting and closer monitoring of high volume fracking operations.  While this is a step in the right direction, there is still room for improvement to ensure our waters are protected from depletion or contamination from fracking.

Water, water everywhere in Michigan – but is it enough?  While water in Michigan hardly seems scare, this article highlights why we should not take this for granted and how even in a state with abundant water resources, we can experience scarcity.

Asian carp reproduce in Great Lakes watershed  Scientists have found evidence that the non-native Asian Carp has reproduced in the Sandusky River in Ohio.  While individual carp have been found in the Great Lakes watershed in the past, this is the first time it can be confirmed that they are here and reproducing.

Great Lakes state playing catch-up in effort to build water-based economy  You may have, by now, heard the term “Blue economy”.  It is the idea that water and all of its uses can form the basis of a burgeoning economy.  While there are many examples in Michigan of communities making strides toward a robust blue economy, one study shows Michigan is lagging behind other Great Lakes states in this area.  RiverUp! is an example here in the Huron River watershed of building a water-based economy.