Wetland habitat restoration among topics at IJC public meeting

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A public meeting aimed at improving the state of the Great Lakes, is set to take place later this month. It will be hosted by the International Joint Commission. It’s a bi-national group that helps regulate the Great Lakes.Angelica A. Morrison reports The event will cover a range of topics, among them is wetland habitat restoration. Alicia Perez Fuentetaja is a researcher at the Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State College. She’s been studying a small fish called the emerald shiner. The shiners are bite sized, silvery, nugget of nutrition for other fish and migratory birds. And, that’s why she says, it’s important to maintain and restore the wetlands in the Niagara River region. “What we found is that the wetlands around the Niagara river are actually supporting fish a lot of larvae from many species but also from emerald shiners,” said Fuentetaja, who said the areas of viable wetlands are sparse. “A lot them that are in poor condition or they have disappeared.” She’ll be sharing more about this topic during a presentation at the International Joint Commissions Public Meeting. Other presentation topics include:   The Buffalo River, contaminates and how they impact fish and wildlife also, making the great lakes an outdoor destination of choice. The public meeting is set to take place on March 28 at WNED/WBFO studios in buffalo.   Other meetins will take place in Detroit, Toledo, and cities in Ontario Canada. For more information visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/public-meeting-on-the-great-lakes-your-voice...

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