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No perch or pickerel in Lake Erie’s future?

The tasty fish our Great Lakes are known for, and all other sport fish, could be decimated if the insidious Asian carp migrate from the Mississippi watershed. Combined, the four Asian carp species could outcompete our native fish. Plankton, which is the base of the Great Lakes food chain, is consumed by silver and bighead […]

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Invasive species keeping Michigan on its toes

The DNR – and Michigan citizens – are increasingly alert for the arrival of invasive species. In a good new posting, the DNR said environmental DNA (eDNA) samples from the St. Joseph and Kalamazoo rivers show no signs of invasive silver and bighead carp – perhaps the best sign to date that we’re warding off […]

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How Montana Is Fighting Invasive Hitchhikers On Firefighting Aircraft

Montana faces twin threats this summer: On land, crews are battling some of the biggest and most destructive fires in the country. In the water, officials are staving off the spread of invasive mussels that could cause millions of dollars of damage to hydropower dams and irrigation lines. These threats come together for wildland firefighters, who often […]

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Protecting Montana’s Waterways from Invasives

With summer more than half over, more than 23,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state. “This hot and dry weather has a lot of people looking to cool off in Montana’s lakes and rivers,” said FWP’s AIS bureau chief Thomas Woolf. “Get out […]

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Glacier Park Battling Invasive Species On Land And Water

This summer one tiny-shelled invertebrate has dominated the conversation about keeping non-native species out of Montana. Since zebra and quagga mussel larvae were detected in Tiber Reservoir last summer, local, state, tribal and federal agencies have scrambled to enact programs and policies to keep the mussels out of Montana’s waterways. For Glacier National Park, that […]

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Protection of Great Lakes is a smart US investment

It’s premature to declare victory as Congress works to protect the Great Lakes from President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but action taken last week by the House Appropriations Committee is encouraging. By a 30-21 vote, the committee restored $300 million for the GLRI to […]

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More pond plants banned from sale by the EU

Transitional arrangements will be in place to enable the plants to continue to be sold for a year – provided contractual arrangements ordering stock in these four plants are put in place before 1 August 2017.  And garden centres and other retailers are being reminded that all stock of four pond plants banned last year […]

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New light on invasive species

Invasive species are like unwelcome guests. They refer to organisms – plants, insects, amphibians, fish or fungus – introduced accidentally or on purpose into an non-native ecosystem and which cause harm. They can have an impact on the environment, the economy and human health. But a Japanese seaweed considered an invasive species in the United […]

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Aquatic invasive species pose a serious threat

As a state defined by the Great Lakes, the threat aquatic invasive species pose to Michigan is very real and concerning. Alarm bells should be sounding after a live silver carp was recently caught just 9 miles from Lake Michigan. Asian carp are highly invasive, and once they take over a lake or waterway they […]

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Prevention is essential to keep invasive species out of the St. Croix River

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are an economic and environmental danger that threaten all water bodies, and the St. Croix River is no exception. Invasives are defined by federal law as species that are non-native to an area that are likely to cause harm to the economy, environment, or human health. The St. Croix River already […]

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