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Wisconsin - the Birthplace of the Modern Weed Harvesters
The first aquatic plant harvester was built in response to fussy Chicago housewives! Around the turn of the century, ice was harvested from Wisconsin lakes destined for Chicago iceboxes. The housewives there didn't like cleaning out the weeds when the ice melted. This boat was designed to cut down the weeds in the fall so that clean ice could be harvested in the winter. ... more >>

Oysters may be the Answer to Stop Eroding Shorelines
More than 85% of the world’s oyster reefs have been lost since the 1900s, through over-harvesting of the species, increased coastal development, destruction of wetlands and increased water pollution. ... more >>

Glyphosate Herbicide Roundup Triggers Loss of Biodiversity
The glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup has been found to trigger the loss of biodiversity among phytoplankton communities in freshwater ponds. In their experiments, scientists found that while some populations developed resistance to the herbicide and were able to survive exposure at high levels, this came at a cost, with a 40 percent loss in biodiversity. ... more >>

Study Links Blue-green Algae to ALS
A team of researchers, led by a University of Miami neurology professor, have found that the toxin in those algae blooms can lead to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ... more >>

Lakes Appreciation Month Poster Contest
July has been Lakes Appreciation Month for the past 22 years; to celebrate, we are inviting elementary, middle, and high school students to submit posters reflecting on how important lakes are to all of us. ... more >>

How Climate Change And Invasive Species Are Altering The Colorado River
A warming climate has been linked to human activity around the world, and has affected the Colorado River System as well. The impacts are substantial, from reduced water flows, threats to indigenous species and the influx of new invasive species along the river system. ... more >>

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Water Hyacinth as Cattle Feed - Water hyacinth has spread to all tropical and subtropical countries and is regarded as one of the world’s most invasive aquatic plants. Research has mainly focused on extinction of the plant since it multiplies rapidly and forms dense mats which interfere with waterways, decimates aquatic wildlife and have signification ecological and socio-economic effects.


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