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Using Water Hyacinth as a Resource
Lake Nokoue in the south of Benin is infested with water hyacinth. The weeds disrupt fishing, the transportation of goods and people, and contribute to the spread of malaria.

A bio-refinery is turning invasive water hyacinth into organic fertilizers, animal feed, and a fiber that absorbs oils and hydrocarbons, making it an effective tool in the clean-up of industrial sites. The company is talking with a local cement producer to use the fiber used in oil spill recovery as fuel for its ovens.

This new business means the lake’s waters can be cleaned and a useful product recovered.


 
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The Community Impact of Invasive Species in Michigan - Invasive species costs governments—and the taxpayers who fund them—big time. Consider the sea lamprey, the first known aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, which arrived back in the 1830s. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, funded by both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, spends $18 million a year controlling the pest. And it's that or we lose even more.


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