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The Community Impact of Invasive Species in Michigan
Invasive species costs governments—and the taxpayers who fund them—big time.

Consider the sea lamprey, the first known aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes, which arrived back in the 1830s. The Great Lakes Fishery Commission, funded by both the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, spends $18 million a year controlling the pest. And it's that or we lose even more.

A lack of sea lamprey controls would result in the disappearance or reduction of valuable lake trout sport fishing in the Great Lakes. And the lamprey is just one of more than 180 aquatic invasive species identified in the region.


 
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Massive Amounts of Trash Trapped In Miami Canal Booms Can Be Seen From Space - A significant volume of trash gets through the flood booms because they are not designed for capturing trash. When they open the floodgates, all the trash goes straight out to the bay. This is a significant source of trash and debris in our bay, which goes out to the ocean, and this isn't just a little. This is probably tons of trash every year in our own first world country.


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