everything is dummer in michigan

Yes, I misspelled that on purpose.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you probably live near me.

Today’s Grand Rapids Press contained an article on the difficulty of walleye to thrive in the Muskegon River.  I’m sure there is more to it than this, but the article describes how every spring the Michigan Department of Natural Resources descends on the Muskegon River to collect “millions of walleye eggs” to distribute to “dozens of lakes and rivers across Michigan’s Lower Peninusla.” 

This year the DNR was accompanied by scientists who are trying to discover “one of the most vexing ecological mysteries in the Muskegon River:  Why can’t walleye successfully reproduce in one of Michigan’s healthiest rivers?  ‘There are a number of potential causes, such as invasive species and water temperatures,’ [a researcher] said.  ‘We hope to figure out exactly what’s happening.’”

I’m no expert, but might the “invasive species” not be that DNR guy with the buckets of walleye eggs?  Every spring they take millions of eggs from the Muskegon River, and they really can’t figure out why the walleye aren’t making it?

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  1. Um, isn’t this just typical government involvement: some agency starts doing something for the public good (pick any agency and any definition of “good”) only to later discover some related issue(s) that needs to be addressed by expanding the agency’s involvement, which means more resources (tax dollars) and manpower. Perhaps we can get some more of the stimulus package money to help fund further research into this critical issue of ecological integrity.

  2. For every bureaucrat that’s lugging buckets of fisheggs around, that’s one less bureaucrat to meddle in private industry!

    -Z

    twelve60.blogspot.com

  3. Maybe they should give a bailout to the walleye.

  4. I’m sure this isn’t as stupid as it sounds–it may be poor writing on the paper’s part–maybe they outsourced it. But it is pretty funny.

  5. My understanding is that even when the eggs are left, the walleye population doesn’t perform.

  6. Is this the same DNR that is still trying to figure out how many deer are in the state?

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