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Absence of Water Hyacinth Damages Eco-Balance
The Santragachi Jheel of West Bengal's Howrah district has long been a well-known destination for migratory birds during the winter months. But lately the number of visiting birds has alarmingly gone down.

Based on a verdict of the Environment Court, the water body has gone through an extensive cleanup mission which has finally proved to affect the environment on the reverse.

The local municipality workers, who were assigned for the cleanup job have got rid of the water hyacinths that covered major portions of the lake. But this has damaged the eco-balance of the water body resulting in lesser number of visiting birds compared to yesteryears, claim environmentalists.

 
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Government Shut-Down Leads to Weed Infested Waters - Due to a government shut-down, many Minnesota Lakes are becoming infested with weeds resulting in the inability to use the waters for recreation. Permits to harvest invasive weeds, which are issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, have been suspended because no one from the state is available to oversee the work. Normally, three weed harvesters would be cutting milfoil on Lake Minnetonka and another would be cutting weeds on Lake Calhoun. All of which has been suspended.


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