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Emerging Issues and Potential Future Activities

  • Great Lakes Regional Initiative funding and strategic planning
  • Inland lakes and streams (Part 301) Stakeholders committee (including new GP for culvert replacement)
  • Develop rules governing the implementation of fish passage requirements under Passage of Fish Over Dams Part and facilitate implementation through FERC licenses and dam modifications.
  • Great Lakes restoration strategy for cooling water intake impacts with DEQ under Clean Water Act rules
  • Great Lakes offshore wind power development, planning and mitigation
  • New designations in the Natural Rivers program
  • Develop survey methods (and conservation practices) to protect freshwater mussels
  • Stream Habitat Improvement Methods – Division staff training
  • Improve expertise and experience in fish passage design and construction.
  • Participate on (or lead) an interdisciplinary team to prioritize and implement dam removal projects
  • Help the Division develop knowledge on broad, landscape scale of activities most affecting river and lake habitat and how best to address those forces.
  • Utilize Unit and/or Division staff to implement a resource value assessment on designated Natural Rivers.
  • Help the Division develop knowledge on broad, landscape scale of activities most affecting river and lake habitat and how best to address those forces.