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Invasive Species Traded Online
Invasive species are organisms that occupy habitats outside of their native range and tend to spread, causing damage to the environment and economy. The rate at which non-native species are being introduced is increasing in most countries, due in part to the rise of new distribution channels, including e-commerce.

Amazon and eBay were recently implicated in hosting ads to ship banned invasive species into the UK.

The sites carried listings for aquatic plants that are popularly used in ponds and aquariums, including floating pennywort, water fern and parrot’s feather. All are native to the Americas, and all are invasive species in the UK that have been banned from entering the country.



 
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Delavan Lake Dredging Clears Natural Filter - In the late 1980s, Delavan Lake turned into an algae soup by mid-summer that discouraged swimming, clogged boat motors and killed off game fish. Farm and residential development around the lake poured nutrient-rich runoff into the watershed and into the lake. Those nutrients fed the algae blooms. Today, a project to redredge the channel in the narrow inlet which was designed to store and collect the sediment flowing into it before it reaches the open water.


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