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DEQ wants tougher rules on clearing Great Lakes beaches


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Tighter restrictions should be imposed on clearing vegetation from Great Lakes shorelines because it alters water chemistry and damages fish habitat, state regulators said.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on Monday said a recent scientific analysis showed that uprooting aquatic plants in coastal wetlands harms young game fish such as yellow perch and bass. It also reduces populations of invertebrates such as insects and snails that form crucial links in the aquatic food chain, the agency said.   more...


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So, what I'm hearing is the state might loose a billion dollars if the sport fishermen, who might not even be from the state, don't catch enough fish. Wow, this flies in the face of who has the most rights, the property owners or said sport fishermen. Have we lost sight of some basic principals here or have we actually lost our minds? Rich.3/22/2006 7:29:41 PM
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