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Glacier Park Launches Phase of Invasive Species Response

Glacier National Park is implementing a third phase in its aquatic invasive species emergency response that will allow privately owned motorboats to launch on Lake McDonald following inspection and a 30-day quarantine. In the wake of the detection of invasive mussels within 100 miles of the park’s eastern border last fall, Glacier Park’s first phase […]

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Minnesota DNR, others partner to keep aquatic invaders at bay

The number in Washington County is up to 22. In Chisago County it is 12. Anoka has 16 and Ramsey has 29. Statewide, approximately 5 percent of the 11,000 lakes in Minnesota are now infested by aquatic invasive species (AIS). AIS are non-native plants and animals that threaten the health of our rivers, lakes and […]

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New boat wash at Saranac Inn

The Upper Saranac Foundation is touting a new high-temperature, high-pressure boat wash that the group says will help further protect the lake from invasive species. The wash station is located at the state boat launch on Upper Saranac Lake at Saranac Inn. The Upper Saranac Foundation, in a press release, said the wash station will […]

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IMO approves Ballast Water Convention extension

Following the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 71st session that took place last week, a delay to the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention  of two years has been agreed for existing vessels.  The regulations of the BWM  Convention will still apply for new build vessels from 8 September 2017, but yachts needing […]

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South Dakota GF&P Eases Boat Movements between Infested Lakes

Regulations have kept zebra mussels contained to only a few South Dakota waters, but wildlife officials recently enacted changes to make the laws easier to follow for boaters. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P) Commission made changes to the aquatic invasive species (AIS) regulations in early 2017, including the creation of […]

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Wisconsin, Minnesota to Fight Invasive Species Along River

Decontamination units in Minnesota and Wisconsin will launch a multiday effort to stop numerous invasive species that threaten a river separating the two states. Inspectors will staff six decontamination boats on the St. Croix River July 14 and July 15 to search for and get rid of invasive species including zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil, curly […]

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State of New York Report Shows Mixed Bag

Environmental conditions in New York have improved in some respects, but work needs to continue to thwart future problems.  The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a report showing that bald eagles have set a new record in forming breeding pairs. Two other agencies, however, warned about potential problems on the horizon for the […]

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Glacier Lifts Motor-Boat Ban for Inholders

Glacier National Park has allowed some inholders to use motorized boats on Lake McDonald, park spokeswoman Lauren Alley confirmed Friday. The craft have been inspected for aquatic invasive species and were quarantined for 30 days, Alley said. Glacier banned motorized watercraft earlier this year after non-native invasive mussels were found east of the divide in […]

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