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Killing Zebra Mussels on Intake Screens Important Topic at Hydropower Gathering

The western U.S. is on the edge of a zebra mussel explosion. Since the late 1980s, zebra mussels have expanded rapidly from the Great Lakes to waterways throughout the Midwest. And they are still on the move. Hydropower facilities in their path are especially vulnerable to infestations, as large colonies can clog intake screens and […]

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Chain pickerel wreaking havoc on Nova Scotia fish stocks

Chain pickerel is not the sort of fish you’d care to meet in a dark alley. With its sharp bill and prominent teeth and an appetite for smolt, this come-from-away species is stealing into freshwater river systems and wreaking havoc on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic salmon and trout populations. “We now have a predator in our […]

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Yellowstone to Install Barriers to Combat Aquatic Invasive Species

Yellowstone officials are ramping up their efforts to combat aquatic invasive species such as mussels—by modifying their boat ramps. Boaters coming to Yellowstone National Park this summer will find “movable barriers” in front of the boat launches onto Yellowstone Lake in Bridge Bay and Grant Village. Barriers will also be installed at the Lewis Lake ramp. The news comes a week after Yellowstone officials announced stricter watercraft […]

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New Strategies Seek To Limit Invasive Species

Near Medicine Bow Forest, there’s a scenic road that cuts in between a valley. The north face is shaded, covered with small flowers, trees, and dark green plant life — edible to deer and small animals. The south face doesn’t look so good. Lindsey Wheat, Supervisor at the Albany County Weed and Pest Council, said, “You see […]

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Biodiversity and Human Health Benefit from Invasive Species Removal

Restoring islands through the removal of non-native invasive mammals is a powerful biodiversity conservation tool. Our new study now shows that human communities on islands could benefit from restoration actions, which can potentially reduce or eliminate the burden of diseases transmitted to people by invasive species. Simply put, removal of invasive species can benefit human […]

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Blue catfish are destroying the Chesapeake Bay. Congress isn’t helping.

More than a decade ago, the northern snakehead was Public Enemy No. 1 on the Potomac River, an air-breathing, snaggletoothed invasive species that walked on land, dined on small reptiles and, in its way, plotted revolution on the Chesapeake Bay. The snakehead is a lap dog compared with the blue catfish. Since its introduction to […]

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It’s time to stop zebra mussels

You may have been hearing a lot about Aquatic Invasive Species and the devastation it causes to our lakes through infestation of Eurasian Watermilfoil, Spiny Waterflea, Starry Stonewort and Zebra Mussels, just to name a few. It is important to understand that any action suggested by governmental agencies to contain and stop the transmission from […]

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Reps. Kildee, Walberg, Kaptur, Joyce: We Must Protect the Great Lakes from Threat of Invasive Species like Asian Carp

Earlier today, Congressman Dan Kildee led a bipartisan letter, along with Representatives Tim Walberg, Marcy Kaptur and Dave Joyce, to both the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), asking them to detail efforts in both states to eliminate an invasive species, grass carp, from Lake Erie. Grass […]

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Keeping invasive mussels out of Glacier

The presence of non-native, invasive mussel larvae discovered in 2016 in central Montana created a ripple effect of concern throughout the state, including Glacier National Park. As a result, the park is taking measures to ensure these mussels do not contaminate the pristine lakes. “This summer we have a boat closure for all motorized and […]

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