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Texas' Natural Habitat at Risk Due to Spread of Invasive Species
From a distance, the island in Lake Houston looks like a lush, pristine piece of Native Texas - a rare place where the land and the life on and around it ebb and flow in natural progression, insulated from outside influences by the water that has surrounded the 5 acres or so for more than 60 years.

But that illusion vanishes with a closer look. As is the case in so much of Texas, the island and the wild things on and around it live in a world changed, changing and, in some cases, seriously threatened by non-native plants and animals introduced and spread by people. And people - Texans - are the only ones who can begin solving the problem, starting with avoiding behaviors that spread the worst of the nearly 1,000 non-native species now found in the state.


 
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Agricultural Runoff Fueling Aquatic Overgrowth - Over the past several years, the backwaters of the upper Mississippi River have seen an increase in duckweed and algal blooms, growing into thick, green mats on the surface of the water. The free-floating flora is a nuisance for anglers, boaters and swimmers alike, but the overgrowth is problematic for the aquatic ecosystem as well.


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