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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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An Environmental Revolution is About to Transform Our Ports and Piers

On her many dives across the globe, Israeli marine biologist Shimrit Perkol-Finkel was distressed to see the ecological damage done by concrete ports, breakwaters and piers. “These structures destroy the natural habitats, replacing natural reefs with a desert of concrete. If anything grows on it at all, it’s an invasive, harmful species,” Perkol-Finkel tells ISRAEL21c […]

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Michigan’s Office of Great Lakes Moves from DEQ to DNR

Gov. Rick Snyder recently issued Executive Order 2017-9 which moves the Michigan Office of Great Lakes from the DEQ to the DNR. “Protection and management of the Lakes is critical to our future,” said Gov. Snyder. “Moving the Office of the Great Lakes to the DNR will strengthen opportunities for improved management of the Lakes […]

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Great Waters Research Collaborative Launched

The University of Wisconsin Lake Superior Research Institute has announced the launch of the Great Waters Research Collaborative. The project is designed to assess the effectiveness of tools to accomplish sustainable industrial and commercial use of the nation’s waterways especially when it comes to shipping. The immediate focus of the project is a study of […]

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Michigan’s Proposed Ballast Bill would be a Costly Mistake

Before Gov. Rick Snyder considers signing Rep. Dan Lauwers’ ship ballast bill into law, there is something he should know: Somebody lied. The House Fiscal Agency, in its analysis of the bill, says it would have an “indeterminate fiscal impact on the Department of Environmental Quality” and goes on to guess at whether discharge permit […]

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Tribal Nations Need to Be Included in Effort to Combat Invasives

There are at least 56.2 million acres of Native American lands spread across the United States, an area the size of Kansas. Like in the rest of the United States, the ecosystems on those lands are under threat from invasive species encroachment. While many Americans don’t care much whether buckthorn chokes their woods or kudzu […]

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Arizona’s Anchor Shipment First to Bear Quagga Mussel Warning

About 1,200 new anchors arrived Friday at Havasu business Slide Anchor, each affixed with an advisory sticker against the spread of aquatic invasive species.  Click on the following two sentences to access the full story.  The Lake Havasu City business joined the Lake Havasu Marine Association alongside multiple state and federal agencies earlier this year […]

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