Saving Buffalo Reef
Researchers at Michigan Tech will play a key role in designing long-term solutions for removing mine waste from the shoreline of Lake Superior and Buffalo Reef, an important fish spawning ground. It's estimated that without action, more than 60 percent of the reef will be smothered by the sands by 2028.
Working in partnership with state and federal agencies, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, area businesses and community members, stakeholders are approaching the problem of removing a large volume of stamp sands to protect fish habitat, homes and beaches. They plan to attack the problem from numerous angles.
“Buffalo Reef is an enormous breeding field—its contribution is 22 percent of total commercial fish along the southern side of Lake Superior,” says Charles Kerfoot, professor of biological sciences and director of Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center. “These are big, important numbers. This is a serious issue and there is reason for concern.”
Read the full story on the Michigan Tech News Website.