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A new report says more needs to be done to protect the Great Lakes

 A new report finds governments are not making “sufficient progress” toward insuring the “drinkability, swimmability and fishability of the Great Lakes.” The report, entitled the First Triennial Assessment of Progress on the Great Lakes, comes from the International Joint Commission, or IJC.   The IJC is a bi-national organization created under the Boundary Water Treaty of 1909. The […]

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Cleaning Up The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and invasive species are just two of the […]

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Fox-Trapping Biologist Retires after Career of Removing Invasive Species

On Halloween 2017, Alaskan Steve Ebbert, 56, retired from his job as an invasive species biologist. His longtime mission of removing arctic foxes and other human-introduced species from the Aleutian Islands has left him with a legacy few of us will match.  Click on the following paragraph to access the full story to see how […]

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Montana FWP Boater Decontamination Program Meetings Slated

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is holding two public meetings to review the 2017 Local Boater Program and discuss the plans for the program in 2018. “We want to give people an opportunity to provide us with feedback on the program and hear what we have planned for the coming year,” said FWP’s aquatic invasive […]

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Why Education, Not Guns or Chemicals, is Our Best Weapon in the War on Invasive Species

When it comes to battling invasive species, some of the same traits that give these invasive species a leg up against its natural competitors also make it hard for humans to battle them. Alabama wildlife agencies have tried using helicopters and rifles with night vision scopes to gun down feral hogs, air-dropping herbicides on popcorn trees, and sending scuba […]

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International Polar Code Brings New Rules for U.S. Mariners

U.S. mariners will fall under rules of the international Polar Code in just six weeks, culminating two decades of preparations to deal with increasing ship traffic and commercial activity in the high latitudes. It means a new set of compliance and personnel requirements on ships operating beyond latitude 60° north or south – with some […]

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Invasive species remind us we’re part of nature

We occupy a place that enjoys a rich and close relationship with the surrounding environment. We are blessed with bountiful natural resources, a fact that has helped shape our economy, our history and our culture. We are also close enough to nature that we can actually see some of the destructive impacts we have on […]

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Michigan Ballast Bill Deserves Governor’s Veto

Following the herd rarely leads anywhere desirable. Some Michigan lawmakers apparently didn’t glean the right message from their parents’ recitation of that old Zen koan about following your friends if they all jumped off a bridge. It’s one of those juxtapositions meant to encourage leadership and critical thinking and discourage ill-advised herd-following behavior.  But dozens […]

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