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California Boaters Can Help Fight Spread of Invasive Mussels Over Labor Day Weekend

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain cautious over Labor Day weekend. Quagga and zebra mussels are invasive freshwater mussels native to Eurasia. They multiply quickly, encrust watercraft and infrastructure, alter water quality and the aquatic food web and ultimately impact native and sport fish communities. These […]

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Do two Asian carp constitute a problem?

On June 22, a 4-year-old male silver carp was found in Little Calumet River, near where Interstate 94 enters the city of Chicago, and just 9 miles from Lake Michigan. The Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and news outlets around the Great Lakes covered the story — with a note of alarm. Why so much […]

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Boaters still unaware of Washington-Idaho state line boat inspections

Some drivers with watercraft, especially in vehicles with kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, are missing the boat inspection signs on Interstate 90 in Washington just west of the Idaho state line. The Department of Fish and Wildlife stepped up efforts to keep exotic mussels and other invasive species out of the state’s waterways with more […]

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Invasive or not? A Great Lakes puzzle driven by values

Around the Great Lakes, millions of dollars are spent to fight invasive species like Asian carp. They cause a lot of damage. But when scientists discover a new animal or plant in the region, it’s not always clear if it’s harmful – or helpful.  Click on the following paragraphc to access the full story. Scott […]

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Amphibious planes pose dilemma in Montana’s anti-AIS effort

As the battle to prevent aquatic invasive species moves forward, what to do about sea planes may be the next issue on the horizon. Sea planes, or those that only land or take off on water, pose a particular problem: how to regulate them? “We’re trying to figure it out,” said Caryn Miske, executive director […]

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Minnesota follows Wyoming in Using Solar-Powered Invasive Species Cleaning Stations

In Minnesota, there’s a new weapon in the fight against aquatic invasive species — and it’s made in Minnesota.  While this is a breakthrough that harnesses the power of the sun, Minnesota follows Wyoming in helping to conserve the environment and reduce the footprint of outdoor recreation.  In 2006, Wyoming started using solar-powered pressure washers […]

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One dead Asian carp is no reason for $275M project

We can agree on this: The Asian carp found in June nine miles from Lake Michigan is dead. An autopsy report released Friday showed that fish had spent most of its life below the electric barriers designed to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes system. The conclusions reached by some environmental groups are […]

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Pressure grows in BC over mussels

B.C.’s new NDP government is being told to get tough with invasive species. The Regional District of North Okanagan wants to meet with the forests and environment ministers to discuss the potential arrival of quagga and zebra mussels in local lakes. “They should be made aware of the issue because they’re new to the portfolio,” […]

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