Gail Gerstenlauer



March, 2022

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Supported a comment by Peter Lindeman on Resilient Washtenaw 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Peter Lindeman
Would love to see movement on making Bus Rapid Transit a reality on Washtenaw Ave. Not only could this greatly reduce the number of cars on the road by making the route between Ypsi and Ann Arbor more commuter-friendly, but it could also be great for economic development!
Commented on Resilient Washtenaw 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Doing both protects not only wildlife but potable water.
Supported a comment by Matt N on Resilient Washtenaw 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Matt N
Unique hanging fen and floodplain wetland needs preserving and restoring
Supported a comment by John Buszkiewicz on Resilient Washtenaw 6 months, 2 weeks ago
John Buszkiewicz
Protection against eutrophication (excess nutrients - nitrogen and phosphorus) on some of the premier Cisco (Lake Herring) lakes in Washtenaw county should be a priority for climate resilience/adaptation. The Michigan DNR has also identified this as a priority in their Wildlife Action Plan. As lakes become more developed, there is an increase in runoff carrying sediments and nutrients, which reduces water quality, oxygen levels, and the quality of shoreline and nearshore littoral zone habitats. Climate predictions suggest these inland lakes are also vulnerable to warming, further reducing available habitat. Leaking septic tanks and fertilizer runoff can dramatically alter the food web in these lakes. Degraded water quality can lead to the loss not just of Cisco, but also the trophy Muskellunge, Walleye, and Northern Pike that grow large on a diet of Cisco, in addition to the loss of clean water for swimming, paddling, fishing, and drinking. Lakeshore property owners can reduce nutrient input and erosion of lakes by minimizing areas where fertilizer is applied, planting native vegetation near the shoreline, and creating an un-mowed shoreline buffer zone. Here is a list of Cisco lakes in Washtenaw county listed in order of priority; Blind, Pickerel, South, Bruin, Baseline, and Halfmoon.
Followed Resilient Washtenaw 7 months ago