PM River Has a New Invasive Species to Watch For

A tiny snail is the latest invasive species to pose a threat in Michigan. The "Detroit Free Press" reports the New Zealand mudsnail has been confirmed in the Pere Marquette River in Baldwin. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality aquatic biologist Sarah LeSage discovered the snails on a floating trip down the river and tests confirmed they were the first New Zealand mudsnails found in the state. 

Great Lakes Being Protected From Microbeads in New Legislation

A ban on environmentally damaging microbeads is a step closer to reality. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee has unanimously passed legislation cosponsored by Chairman Fred Upton of St. Joseph. He says it's designed to help protect the Great Lakes. The beads are used in soap, face wash and toothpaste and are small enough to get through water treatment systems. Once into the water, they're mistaken for food and eaten by fish.

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