Focus Areas
Coastal Communities

The Great Lakes are crucial to Michigan’s culture and economic vitality. Explore how the Great Lakes are intertwined with our way of life through land use, jobs reports, water access, coastal development and more.

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Hazards

It is important to be aware of potential Great Lakes hazards like dangerous currents, extreme storms and floods, harmful algal blooms and boater safety. The best way to combat these dangers is to be prepared and know how to respond.

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Restoration

From drinking water to economies built on commercial fisheries, restoration is fundamental to keeping the Great Lakes viable. MSG is leading and partnering on several large-scale restoration projects.

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Fisheries

Recreational, commercial and tribal fisheries are a vital part of Michigan’s heritage. Michigan Sea Grant conducts scientific research to lay the groundwork for sound fishery management.

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Native and Invasive Species

Many plants and animals rely on the Great Lakes to survive. Learn more about the birds, plants and animals — native and invasive — that call the Great Lakes home.

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Boating and Marinas

Michigan Sea Grant helps promote safe and environmentally sound boating and marina practices through things like the Know Your Nets campaigns and the Clean Marina Program.

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Hydrilla verticillata: Status of “the perfect aquatic weed”
Summer Discover Cruises 2015 Schedule Released
Be Current Smart
Call for Volunteers
Special Edition Upwellings: Michigan Seafood Summit
First Michigan Seafood Summit a Great Success
Upwellings February 2015
Michigan Seafood Summit
2015 Call for Proposals
Scientists Determine Additional Key Factors of Lake Erie Dead Zone
  • Hydrilla verticillata: Status of “the perfect aquatic weed”
  • Summer Discover Cruises 2015 Schedule Released
  • Be Current Smart
  • Call for Volunteers
  • Special Edition Upwellings: Michigan Seafood Summit
  • First Michigan Seafood Summit a Great Success
  • Upwellings February 2015
  • Michigan Seafood Summit
  • 2015 Call for Proposals
  • Scientists Determine Additional Key Factors of Lake Erie Dead Zone

Hydrilla verticillata: Status of “the perfect aquatic weed”

In August, 2006, the invasive plant Hydrilla verticillata was confirmed in a lake less than an hour’s drive from Michigan southern border, nearby, but outside of the Great Lakes drainage basin. Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension educators had begun in 2004 leading a statewide effort, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, to encourage waterfront property owners, boaters, anglers and swimmers to search the state’s inland lakes to make sure the weed had not infested bodies of water in Michigan. learn more