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In San Francisco, Wet Winters can Switch Up Bay’s Invasive Species

For many Californians, last year’s wet winter triggered a case of whiplash. After five years of drought, rain from October 2016 to February 2017 broke more than a century of records thanks to a series of “Pineapple Express” storms, referring to atmospheric rivers that ferry moisture from Hawaii to the Pacific Coast. In San Francisco Bay, Smithsonian […]

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Bi-National Commission Faults Governments for Problems in Great Lakes

The governments of Canada and the United States are failing to keep the Great Lakes healthy, according to a new report from the International Joint Commission (IJC). The report, released last week by the joint Canadian-American organization created by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, highlighted some of the major challenges to the Great Lakes. […]

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CSKT are a Key Component of Halting the Spread of AIS in Flathead Basin

It is an epic battle that the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the Flathead Basin Commission as well as the State of Montana are in when it comes to halting the potential spread of zebra and quagga mussels into the Flathead Basin, and by proxy the Columbia River Basin and the Northwest from the […]

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Feds Invest Money into Protecting the Great Lakes

The Canadian federal government has announced that it will invest $44.84 million in to the Great Lakes Protection Initiative.  The money is part of the $70.5 million of new funding allocated for freshwater protection in the 2017 budget. Sault MP Terry Sheehan said the investment will tackle various issues that matter to the lives of […]

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Wisconsin Community Looks to Improve Lake

Fisherman in Necedah may soon have more accurate information on the lake. The Village Board of Necedah heard a presentation by Sara Hatleli of Aquatic Plant and Habitat Services, on Dec. 4. In 2014, there were concerns about the Necedah pond having too much vegetation. Hatleli was contacted and applied for a grant. In 2015, […]

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Finding Biofouling Solutions

All ships can experience a build-up of aquatic organisms on their underwater hull and structures, which is known as biofouling. This can impact on the ship speed and energy use, and also potentially see aquatic organisms transferred to new areas, where they can become invasive species.  To help address this threat, the  International Maritime Organization (IMO) team […]

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Should We Always Manage Invasive Species? Maybe Not

Invasive species are an expensive problem in the United States. Federal agencies spent more than $104 million last year to control them. But a recent study on invasive garlic mustard shows that, at least in some cases, it might be better to leave invasive species alone.  Click on the following sentence to access the full […]

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Australian Environmental Group calls for Cargo Levies to Help Fight Invasive Species

An Australian environmental group wants levies on air and sea cargo for a “biosecurity fighting fund” to deal with some of the country’s “mostly deadly invasive species”, such as red-eared slider turtles and poisonous Asian black-spined toads. Many of these species find their way into Australia via travelers, as illegal pets and even through furniture, […]

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Ecological Extinction Task Force – It’s time to save Delaware’s ecosystem

If Sen. Stephanie Hansen and members of the Ecological Extinction Task Force have it their way, Delawareans will be offered incentives to buy and plant native species and businesses will face a phased-in ban on the sale of invasive plants. A report by the task force unveiled Tuesday warns that the increase of invasive plant species and […]

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Federal Ballast Water Rules would Replace Michigan’s, If Bill Passes

Michigan’s ballast water regulations are deterring oceangoing vessels from entering Michigan ports to pick up exports. Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, has introduced a bill that he says will bring those ships back to the state. The bill has passed the House and is headed for the Senate. “Michigan’s ballast water regulations are the most […]

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