Experts from Israel, Great Lakes compare big water
By MORGAN LINN
Capital News Service
LANSING — While Lake Michigan protectors are fighting a threatened carp invasion, managers in Israel are dumping them into the Sea of Galilee. That’s just one of the differences in managing two of the world’s largest lakes that emerged during a recent conference between lake managers from Israel and the Great Lakes region. The Sea of Galilee – or Lake Kinneret – and Lake Michigan differ greatly in size, but experts from both areas shared common experiences and found ways of learning from each other at the Michigan State University conference
Lake Kinneret, in northeast Israel, is only about 13 miles long by 8 miles wide but is the largest freshwater lake in Israel.That’s much smaller than Lake Michigan, which is 307 miles long by 118 miles wide, but the researchers said the two bodies of water share similar challenges. And the differences are also a learning opportunity for both groups, they said. Where management of the two lakes differs greatly involves silver carp.