Category Archive: Biodiversity

Feb 15

Grass carp putting down roots

There are extensive efforts underway to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. But one variety has already been popping up there for over 30 years. For decades, people have used sterilized grass carp to control pond vegetation. Over time, some of those fish have escaped to the Great Lakes. Because they could …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/sustainable-fisheries/grass-carp-putting-down-roots/

Feb 01

Restoring Great Lakes Wetlands

Lakeshore marshes and meadows create wildlife habitat and provide benefits to people, too … Howe: “Filtering your water, absorbing high water during flooding events, providing more fish and wildlife experiences for people.” Jim Howe directs the Nature Conservancy of Central and Western New York. He says maintaining these ecosystems requires occasional fluctuations in water level. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/stormwater-management/restoring-great-lakes-wetlands/

Jan 31

The Good Guys of the Algae World

In a stagnant pond, you may see what looks like matted, green hair floating in the water. But it’s not a swamp monster. It’s filamentous green algae. Piotrowski: “People typically go, ‘EW!’ but the truth is that they’re totally benign. They don’t produce toxins. They’re incredibly beneficial because they’re reducing nutrients in the water.” Michael …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/biodiversity/the-good-guys-of-the-algae-world/

Jan 29

Breakwalls do more than protect harbors from waves

In the Milwaukee Harbor, a 500 foot section of breakwall has been re-designed to support fish. It’s made of huge boulders that fish can hide between. Then it’s covered by a layer of smaller rocks that create habitat for prey. John Janssen of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee studies life on this breakwall. He’s found …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/green-infrastructure/breakwalls-do-more-than-protect-harbors-from-waves/

Jan 23

Mapping What Lies Beneath

The city of Milwaukee is working to transform its industrial harbor into a bustling waterfront district that attracts anglers, boaters, and wildlife lovers. “But not a lot of people know exactly what’s going on underneath the water,” says Brennan Dow. While a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Dow was part of a project working …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://www.currentcast.org/development/mapping-what-lies-beneath/

Older posts «

» Newer posts