LAKE LINDEN, Mich. — Government officials have postponed a public meeting to discuss protecting crucial fish spawning areas on a Lake Superior reef in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The state Department of Natural Resources says the meeting on the threat to Buffalo Reef originally scheduled for Tuesday night in Houghton County has been postponed due to blizzard conditions forecast for the area.

Officials say the meeting will be rescheduled for sometime early next year.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created a task force to deal with waste materials called “stamp sands” that were dumped into the lake during the 20th century copper mining era. They’ve drifted toward the reef and could smother it.

Nearly one-quarter of the annual lake trout yield from Lake Superior’s Michigan waters comes from within 50 miles of Buffalo Reef.