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Canadian MPs demand action on mussels

The federal government is being told to take invasive mussels seriously. Conservative MPs Mel Arnold and Dan Albas have sent a letter about quagga and zebra mussels to Fisheries Minister Dominic Leblanc, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. “We are calling on the government to recognize the ecological and economic threats […]

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Analysis confirms grass carp eggs in Lake Erie tributary

Scientists say they’ve confirmed the discovery of grass carp eggs in a tributary of Lake Erie. Grass carp are among four species of Asian carp that pose a threat to the Great Lakes. The most feared are silver and bighead carp, which eat plankton and could destabilize food chains. But grass carp are also a […]

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New Zealand won’t fix waterways until it deals with ‘dirty dairying’

New Zealand’s waterways are in a dire state. The intensification of dairy farming and the pollution it causes must not only be stopped from increasing: it must be wound back. It is the main source of environmental destruction in our rivers, creeks and streams. The Department of Conservation and Ministry for the Environment appear to be almost cynically […]

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When mussels attack

The United States has been invaded, not by a foreign army or extraterrestrials, but by two species of freshwater mollusks commonly called quagga and the lesser-known zebra mussels. Invasive species are of great concern to fishery biologists and to local officials, California’s Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and to PG&E, owners of Lake Almanor, as well […]

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Reaction mixed on proposal for Brandon Road Asian carp defense system

It’s still unclear how a 4-year-old Asian carp came within 9 miles of Lake Michigan this summer. The invasive silver carp, known to fly out of the water when startled by boat noise and other loud sounds, was caught June 22 on the Little Calumet River somewhere in Chicago’s south suburbs. It was the first […]

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It’s time to re-evaluate control of invasive species

On Aug. 5, the Lake Minnetonka Association joined with the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center in Starry Trek, a statewide effort to survey public lake accesses for starry stonewort and other aquatic invasive species. A team of volunteers hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Association scoured public accesses on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Independence, Long Lake, […]

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You can comment on plan to stop spread of Asian carp

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday three public hearings to discuss a tentative plan to build barriers to stop the spread of Asian carp at a key choke point in Illinois. Earlier this month, the Corps released its plan outlining potential ways to block Asian carp at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Ill. The tentatively […]

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State Says Asian Carp Plan Too Expensive, Activists Say ‘Don’t Wait’

Ten years ago, Congress authorized a study on how to keep Asian carp and other invasive species out of the Great lakes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was tasked with the job of conducting the study. The latest report by the Army Corps was supposed to have been released five months ago but was held up by […]

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Harvey Creating Nuisance Species By Displacing Snakes, Fire Ants and Gators

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to drench Southeast Texas and flood Houston and surrounding communities, people aren’t the only ones seeking higher ground. The area’s wild animal inhabitants are, too. Reports and images of swimming snakes and lurking alligators are making the rounds on social media, and some are neither current (like these fast-circulating 2016 alligator photos) nor […]

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