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U.S. Senate sticks up for Great Lakes protection

Congress is wisely reversing President Donald Trump’s rash and irresponsible attempt to cut $300 million in annual funding for Great Lakes restoration. A key Senate committee last week included the money in a spending bill for 2018. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, helped lead the bipartisan effort to restore the funding as a member of the Senate […]

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Reporting from the Future – The Science of the Spread

Today, we’re diving into what we know about the mussels – what are they, where did they come from, how did they get here? What can we do to stop them from spreading? We’re trying to understand how those microscopic mussel babies ended up in two Montana reservoirs last summer — and what our options […]

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Reporting from the Future – Resisting Montana’s Underwater Invaders

This is “SubSurface: Resisting Montana’s Underwater Invaders.” I’m Nicky Ouellet, and in our first episode I’m taking us to the Midwest, to lakes where people have been fighting invasive zebra and quagga mussels for decades, to hear, see and smell what could become Montana’s mussel-encrusted future if a full-blown infestation happens here.  Click on the […]

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DNR find four bighead carp in the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Sac

Four adult bighead carp, an invasive fish species, were captured this fall by the Department of Natural Resources on the Wisconsin River, the agency reported  this week. The carp were caught below the dam at Prairie du Sac while fisheries staff were conducting routine surveys of the sturgeon population. The DNR also discovered a fifth bighead carp that was […]

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Battle to save Louisiana’s coast is expanding to New Orleans restaurants

One evening this summer, a group of New Orleans chefs gathered at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum in Central City with a challenge: to prepare and cook Asian carp, an invasive freshwater fish that has wreaked havoc in Louisiana wetlands and waterways. Staring down at the haul of freshly caught carp, the chefs were […]

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Biofouling and Invasive Species – Addressing the Threat through Industry Collaboration

The introduction of invasive aquatic species to new environments is a major threat to ocean biodiversity, and can result in important impacts on infrastructure and livelihoods. The spread of invasive species is mainly associated with shipping, aquaculture, offshore structures and marine debris. Detecting initial incursions of these silent, potentially invasive species requires considerable monitoring effort, […]

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If Unleashed in the Wild, Gene Drives Could Create a “Highly Invasive Species”

Technology’s answer to invasive species and disease-spreading insects is looking riskier than ever in its current form.  Aside from astonishing cures, one of CRISPR’s (a simple yet powerful tool for editing genomes) most tantalizing uses could be so-called gene drives. As we’ve reported in the past, the technique can be used to easily insert fertility-reducing genes […]

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Seaplane Pilots Tell How They Can Fight Invasive Species

Montana seaplane pilots stand ready to assist in the fight against aquatic invasive species. As residents of the Flathead Basin, we share the Flathead Basin Commission’s concern regarding the potential dangers posed by the introduction of aquatic invasive species in Flathead Basin waters. Montana seaplane pilots choose to live and work in this area due […]

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Great Lakes’ water health having a ‘mid-life crisis’

The hostility from President Trump’s environmental adversaries is hardly without precedent in the Great Lakes region: For nearly a decade, when Stephen Harper served as Canada’s prime minister from 2006 to 2015, there were reports of muzzled scientists, lawlessness among polluters, and regulators unable to do meaningful enforcement because their agencies had become so budget-strapped. […]

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