Tag Archive: invasive species

Aug 16

Clean, Drain, and Dry

Boaters can help turn away unwanted hitchhikers. Here’s how: Invasive plants and animals can wreak havoc on waterways, from making a shoreline less able to withstand flooding to harming fish. Boaters can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning plants and mud off their boats; then they should drain and dry out before …

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Aug 10

Holding the Invaders at Bay

On the lookout for invasive plants: When a new plant moves into a lake or stream, take note – it could be cause for concern. Sandra Keppner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that rapidly spreading invasive plants like water chestnut and hydrilla are causing big problems for New York waters. “We see …

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Aug 08

See Sea Species in the Sea, Not the Lakes

Sea-faring ships, ballast water, and invasive species . . . Learn more: Ships use water as ballast to add weight and increase their stability. But that water can bring invasive species into the Great Lakes from elsewhere. “They’re bringing in all the stuff that’s in the water. So zooplankton, fish, plants, bacteria, diseases, all those …

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Aug 07

Mission: Water Balance

Managing water levels in the Saint Lawrence . . . Learn more: The water levels in Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River have been tightly constrained since the fifties. Lee Willbanks of the nonprofit Save The River says the lack of occasional highs and lows is one reason invasive species have proliferated. “And so …

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Jul 21

Invasive Species in Lake Ontario

“I came, I saw, I conquered!” say invasive species in the Great Lakes: Many of the most abundant species in Lake Ontario are non-native. According to Brian Weidel of the U.S. Geological Survey, “My colleagues and I often joke if we only studied species that were native, most of us in Lake Ontario would be out …

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