This week, Jeff Kart discusses a Bay County resident-survey on extreme storm impacts, a student solar design competition and changes to the walleye and yellow perch recreational fishing regulations for Saginaw Bay:
1 — Bay County is surveying residents on extreme storm impacts.
County officials say extreme storm events present a serious threat to community health, safety, and economic stability.
The survey was developed by Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University Extension, and other local collaborators in the Saginaw Bay region.
The results of the survey will inform future projects to improve community preparedness and reduce extreme storm impacts in the 22 counties that make up the Saginaw Bay watershed.
According to Michigan Sea Grant, the watershed is particularly vulnerable to storm hazards because of the region’s unique topography and land-use patterns. The Saginaw Bay watershed drains about 15 percent of the state of Michigan.
The survey is online and takes about 10 minutes to complete. It will close on Nov. 16.
2 — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has approved changes to walleye and yellow perch recreational fishing regulations for Saginaw Bay.
For walleye, the daily possession limit is increased from five to eight fish. The minimum size limit is reduced from 15 to 13 inches. For yellow perch, the daily possession limit is reduced from 50 to 25 fish.
Officials say walleye have recovered and are abundant in Saginaw Bay. This is good news, but walleye are now depressing the available prey base and the population of adult yellow perch has been greatly reduced.
The Department of Natural Resources says the changes are the start of a new management process where future fish possession and size limits will be tied to the status of the walleye population.
3 — A Student Solar Design Competition will award $10,000 in total prize money. It’s open to undergraduate and graduate students from any Michigan college.
Registration for the competition closes on Oct. 31. Submissions are due on Nov. 25.
The competition is put being on by Michigan State University.
The challenge is design a solar panel array that can be integrated into a campus landscape.
The competition will award three cash prizes for first, second and third place. The winning team also may receive assistance to strengthen the design concept and bring the idea to life.