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Michigan Proposes Spending $14 Million on Invasive Species Prevention
Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending $14 million over the next two years in a stepped-up fight to head off more invasions by exotic species that spread disease and threaten Michigan's native plants and wildlife.

More than 200 non-native species have taken hold in the Great Lakes watershed. Aquatic invaders include the parasitic sea lamprey and the quagga and zebra mussel, which have caused billions of dollars in damage to fish populations and infrastructure.

On land, feral swine damage crops and wetlands, while insects such as the emerald ash borer and beech bark disease devastate forests. Thick, towering reed grass called phragmites has overrun shorelines around Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay. Eurasian watermilfoil depletes oxygen and clogs boat motors in many of the state's inland lakes.

 
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Boat Ban to Stop the Spread of Hydrilla - A surface water use restriction which bans the use of boats in Davis Stream is effective immediately and will run through ice formation. Next spring, the departments will jointly consider whether to reissue the restriction. Under the order, no watercraft may enter or travel this reach of Davis Stream except in emergency situations or when the environmental department ad endorsed volunteers are doing survey or removal work related to the hydrilla infestation.


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