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Volunteer program helping Northwest Montana lakes

Northwest Montana is home to about 400 lakes and a volunteer program aims to keep some of those lakes in pristine condition. Tetrault Lake in Northwest Montana has a strong advocate in Carol Blake, “when they see me out here with my gear they know I’m caring for the lake and recording.” For the past 10 years, Blake has voluntarily monitored water […]

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Keeping invasive fish species out of the Great Lakes will be expensive

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public meeting in Muskegon last night on its $275.4 million plan to keep invasive fish species out of the Great Lakes. A recent study found that electric barriers and complex noises, like the sound of boat motors, are the most effective ways to keep certain fish away. So […]

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Tiny fighters in sediments determine success of invasive marine plants

Armies of microbes that are invisible to the naked eye battle it out to determine whether exotic marine plants successfully invade new territory and replace native species, UNSW-led research shows. The genetic study, which compared microbial communities in sediments associated with an invasive alga and a native seagrass in Sydney, is the first to test […]

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Biofouling – Times Have Changed

The role of biofouling as a means of spreading marine invasive species had generally been considered to be about the same as that of ballast water. However, that view is being increasingly challenged as new data comes to light. In December 2016, Dr Theofanis Karayannis from IMO’s marine environment division gave a presentation at the […]

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Salvage fishing gets OK at Nebraska’s Stagecoach Reservoir

Stagecoach Reservoir will be drawn down this fall for the construction of a new boat launch facility. In addition, the fishery will be renovated and a public salvage will be allowed. A 10-foot drawn-down will allow for the construction of a new, lighted boat ramp, gravel kayak launch, and a new breakwater to protect the […]

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Canadian City of Chestermere Protecting Lake from Invasive Species

The City of Chestermere is currently working with the Alberta Government to protect the lake from an invasive plant species called flowering rush, which has the potential to reduce the lake’s water quality and negatively impact native plants and wildlife. Divers recently used suction harvesting to remove flowering rush have yet to be analyzed. “(The […]

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Grass Carp Egg Discovery Could Be Bad News for Ohio’s Wetlands

Researchers recently announced the discovery of over 7,000 grass carp eggs in a Lake Erie tributary.  The good news? This isn’t the Asian carp species we’re trying to prevent from entering the Great Lakes.  The bad news? grass carp pose a different threat. Asian carp is a catch-all term for four different species of invasive carp: black, grass, silver, […]

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Schumer Secures $900k to Battle Invasive Species in Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes are getting almost $900,000 in federal funding to help battle invasive species. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Environmental Protection Agency is awarding almost $600,000 to the Finger Lakes Institute to help control a recently discovered Hydrilla infestation in Cayuga Lake. The fast-growing aquatic weed can make boating and fishing difficult.  Click on […]

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Cornell has long history protecting Adk fisheries

In my last column, I wrote about the impacts of acid rain, which results from burning fossil fuels, on Adirondack lakes and streams. But, did you know that Cornell University has been a leader in efforts to safeguard natural fisheries within the Adirondacks and to protect them from the damaging effects of acid rain, invasive […]

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Global treaty to halt invasive aquatic species enters into force

A key international measure for environmental protection that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water enters into force today, 8 September 2017. Congratulating the IMO and all the other partners involved, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, said, “The entry into force of the Ballast […]

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