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European Frog-Bit: Be on the Lookout for This Aggressive Invasive Plant
European frog-bit is listed on Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Plant Watch List, which identifies species that present an immediate and significant threat to Michigan’s natural resources. European frog-bit produces dense, floating mats that cover large areas of shoreline. These mats can hinder recreation, reduce waterfowl and fish habitat, and reduce light conditions for beneficial native aquatic plants. ... more >>

City Hauls in Over a Tonne of Invasive Goldfish
Goldfish are an invasive species in Alberta that can outcompete native fish if released into the wild. They’ve been in the isolated Lacombe Lake Park for decades, but were only spotted in Edgewater in 2015 and in Ted Hole last spring. That sparked concern, as those ponds had a sewer link to the Sturgeon River. The city broke out the pesticides on the advice of Alberta Environment after nets, electricity and winter’s icy grasp failed to eliminate the invaders. ... more >>

Challenges Facing Great Lakes Water Quality
A joint United States-Canadian agency released a report making more than 30 recommendations to improve water quality across the Great Lakes. Several key recommendations of the report include setting standards and timelines to eliminate untreated sewage, reducing nutrient runoff from farms, and cutting back on man-made pollution from chemicals. ... more >>

Trash Hunter Collects 1,545 Cubic Yards of Debris
The crew of the Lynyrd Skymmr rescued three canoeists and set a record in collecting 1,545 cubic yards of floating debris from Milwaukee rivers this year. ... more >>

Nairobi Firm Eyes Lake Victoria Water Hyacinth for Electricity Production
Water hyacinth started encroaching on Lake Victoria in the 1980s and has since spread rapidly to choke the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, making fishing difficult. Homa Bay Biogas One joins two other firms that have expressed interest to construct a power plant in Homa Bay County to generate eight megawatts (MW) of electricity using the sea weed. ... more >>

Vembanad Lake Dying a Slow Death
The Vembanad Lake, Kerala’s famed backwater destination, is dying a slow death thanks to a sheet of plastic waste in the lake bed and a layer of hyacinths on the surface. ... more >>

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