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Invasive Species on the Move: the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins

On Interstate 80/90 in Ohio there is a small, unassuming sign that indicates you have crossed the line that divides the Great Lakes basin and the Mississippi River basin.
Keeping these two watersheds separate is important for the health of both water systems, but that dividing line is not stopping water and fish from moving between the basins.
The Great Lakes Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) indicates that a water exchange between basins (hydrological risk) could occur through wetlands, ancient portage routes, rivers and streams during high water events or floods. This could allow non-native organisms, known as Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) to displace native species and degrade native habitats.


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Research buoy testing winds in the middle of Lake Michigan

An eight ton research buoy is out gathering wind data in Lake Michigan. The one-point-three million-dollar buoy launched in Muskegon today (Friday) will collect detailed wind data over the next ten years. Chris Hart is an Offshore Wind Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy. He says there’s only three of these high tech bouys …

New A.G. Coalition Tells Congress: Put Army Corps to Work and Close Chicago Waterways

55983502-asian-carp17-State Anti-Invasive Species Coalition Tells Congressional Leaders to Pass Legislation Shaving Three Years Off the Current Plan
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that the newly formed national coalition of seventeen attorneys general fighting the spread of Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species though Chicago waterways have sent a letter to the leaders of three Congressional committees calling for them to move federal legislation (H.R. 892, S. 471) that would force a quicker resolution to the on-going study currently being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In particular, the coalition called for legislation to:

  • Slash three years off the current Army Corps of Engineers’ study, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2012;
  • Direct the President (or his designee) to oversee the study and ensure it is completed on time;
  • Require the Army Corps to use information found in independent studies of the problem rather than duplicating such efforts, thereby speeding up the process;
  • Force the Army Corps to use the Congressionally-mandated standard of “preventing” the spread of invasive species instead of their unilateral decision to instead look for ways to merely “reduce the risk” of such a spread.

“These states understand that the job-killing invasive species flowing freely though the wide-open doorway in Chicago must be stopped now,” said Schuette. “We are turning up the heat on federal officials dragging their feet at our expense. It is too bad we need legislation to do this, but it is time for the Army Corps of Engineers to get to work.”

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