Environmentalists discuss health of Huron River at Ypsilanti conference
The State of the Strait conference takes place every two years. During the one-day event,environmentalists assess the status of the Erie-Huron corridor, which stretches from Port Huron to Lake Erie's southern shore, and talk about how to improve research, monitoring and management of one of the busiest navigation centers in the United States.
According to an EMU release, each year more than $80 billion in trade between Canada and the U.S. is carried out across the corridor. More than five million people live within a one-hour drive of the corridor, which is a major source of drinking water for Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.
Officials and researchers at the summit will discuss chemical pollutants and run-off damaging the river and making it uninhabitable for some species of fish. They will also discuss how the introduction of exotic fish have unbalanced the river's natural habitat, putting natural fish species at risk.
Much of the discussion will surround remote sensing tools and geographical information systems that help manage the rivers environment.
In Ann Arbor, the Huron River Watershed Council is already working to significantly reduce the filtering of dangerous chemicals into the river. Additionally, the University of Michigan has committed to reducing its runoff by 30 percent in coming years.