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10 Reasons to Care about Aquatic Invasive Species
Invasive Species have been steadily gaining more interest with lawmakers, interest groups and the public since the introduction of zebra mussels into Lake Minnetonka and the threat of Asian carp in the Mississippi River. Here are the top ten reasons you should care about preventing the spread of AIS.


10. Clogging: Aquatic Invasive Species can reproduce very fast and both plants and animals can form dense mats/colonies that clog waters affecting transportation, hydropower and irrigations.

9. Poor Water Quality: The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement notes that AIS degrade water quality by increase turbidity and nutrients, reducing dissolved oxygen and concentrating toxins.

8. Spread of Disease: Many parasites and bugs benefit from thick patches of vegetations. One example is swimmers itch.

 
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