Archive for General News

The Past and Future of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Civil Engineering embodies the making of grand things — like dams and bridges, highways and canals — that are the infrastructure of modern civilization. One such project in the United States is the Chicago Ship Canal, a 28-mile long construct, opened in the late 19th century to connect the Chicago River to the Des Plaines River, to reverse direction of […]

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Corps’ report a good starting point for Great Lakes

The Army Corps of Engineers’ recommendation for keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes is not as aggressive as many had hoped. But it is a much-needed start to the discussion on protecting the lakes’ valuable fisheries. The Corps’ 488-page study proposed creating a gauntlet for the carp near the Brandon Road Lock and […]

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First US-Manufactured Ballast Water Treatment System Receives USCG Type Approval

Ecochlor’s patented BWTS has received USCG Type Approval. The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature.   Click on the following two paragraphs to access the full story. Ecochlor is the […]

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Spectacle in the sky brings AIS concerns to the Cowboy State

A total solar eclipse hasn’t occurred in the contiguous U.S. since 1979; however, the last time there was a total solar eclipse visible in Wyoming was all they way back in 1918. It is a rare event that is expected to draw massive crowds to the Cowboy State. This year’s eclipse will impact nine counties […]

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Let’s talk about science – Invasive species

Pittsburgh is a welcoming city, with folks from all over the world happily calling this patch of Pennsylvania home. But when it comes to local rivers and streams, there are some residents that biologists would love to see gone. Along with native species such as catfish, walleyes and smallmouth bass, other non-native species have made […]

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Wisconsin DNR sets 10-year Lake Michigan fisheries plan amid stormy seas

The cover of the 2017-’26 Lake Michigan Integrated Fisheries Management Plan is dominated by a photograph of a body of water beset by wind-tossed waves. The choice of image is appropriate and surely was intentional on the part of the Department of Natural Resources.  For acknowledging up front the big pond is in flux and perhaps even peril, the fisheries […]

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Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Training

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and its 100th Meridian Initiative partners are sponsoring Watercraft Inspection and Decontamination Trainings (WIT II).  Please click on the following link below to access more information about these critical training courses. This two-day, intensive, hands-on training is provided free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be responsible for their own […]

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GloFouling Partnerships project to address bioinvasions via ships’ hulls

A new global project to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species has been given the go-ahead for preparation, IMO said in its press release. The GloFouling Partnerships project – a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) […]

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Fracking is causing invasion of harmful non-native plants in Pennsylvania forests, PSU researchers say

Invasive, non-native plant species are “rapidly invading” northern forests in Pennsylvania because of fracking in the Marcellus shale basin, a group of Penn State researchers say. The spread of invasive plants could have longterm detrimental consequences for forest ecosystems, animals and birds, timbering and ecotourism, the researchers say. Invasive plant seeds in gravel and mud […]

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What you need to know about invasive species threatening Lake Powell

The state is fighting to prevent the spread of invasive species into more Utah waterways. That includes new laws to protect the water, but not everyone is following them. Higher water levels will prevent you from seeing the quagga mussel infestation at Lake Powell this year, but it’s obviously here noted on the bottom of […]

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