Public meeting to be rescheduled

LAKE LINDEN — A public meeting scheduled for today at the Lake Linden-Hubbel High School Auditorium in Lake Linden on saving the Buffalo Reef has been postponed due to blizzard conditions forecast for the Keweenaw Peninsula.

“We will be rescheduling this meeting for early in the new year, but we have no date for that meeting available yet,” said Steve Casey, Upper Peninsula district supervisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division. “Once a new date is set we will announce that information to help ensure we have great public attendance at this meeting to jump start the efforts to save Buffalo Reef.”

In addition to today’s public meeting, an invitation-only meeting Wednesday on Buffalo Reef for Environmental Protection Agency task force members and scientists is also being postponed until a later date, which will be announced once confirmed. That session was to be held at the Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Tech in Houghton.

The important lake trout and whitefish spawning areas on Buffalo Reef are being threatened by shifting stamp sands, which have shifted south to the reef over the past century. The stamp sands were created as a by-product of copper mining at the Mohawk and Wolverine mines.