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News stories tagged with "invasive-species"

Zebra Mussels Affecting Biodiversity

David Sommerstein talks with Timothy Mihuc, associate professor of environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, about the effect of invasive zebra mussels on zooplankton in Lake Champlain.  Go to full article

State Task Force to Study Invasive Species

Governor Pataki has signed a law that sets up a task force to come up with a solution to curb zebra mussels and other invasive species. The plan is to not use any chemicals that are toxic, but will be effective in ending the problem. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Bugs Released to Munch on Invasive Plant

Purple loosestrife is a beautiful plant. It's tall? and each cone-shaped stem produces hundreds of flowers. When the plants bloom in mid-summer they can create a sea of purple in wetlands throughout the region, but the ability of the plant to spread and reproduce in great numbers is what concerns scientists and land managers. Over the years they have been working to control it. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush says one way they're trying to control it is by releasing a bug to eat the plant.  Go to full article
Zebra Mussel
Zebra Mussel

Natural Selections: Invasive Species

Lately, the subject of "invasive species" gets lots of attention. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss the facts, misunderstandings and ecological impact of invasive species.  Go to full article

Lake George: Herbicide Use Rejected By Park Agency Committee

A key committee of the Adirondack Park Agency has rejected plans to use a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Meeting yesterday, the Agency effectively killed efforts to use SONAR to fight an invasive plant species. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups praised the decision, while local residents reacted with fury.  Go to full article

Audio Postcard: An Invasive Species in Lake George's Most Popular Bays

A political fight is underway over the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. For years, local residents have watched with alarm as an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil spread into bays and coves, choking out native plants. The issue is now the subject of intense lobbying in Albany. In the summer of 2001, Brian Mann traveled to Lake George to see the problem first hand. He sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article

Lake George: Bitter Debate Over Plan To Use Chemical

The Adirondack Park Agency has delayed a final vote on the use of a chemical herbicide in Lake George. Many locals hope the chemical "Sonar" will kill an invasive plant species called Eurasian watermilfoil. But Park Agency staff oppose the plan. As Brian Mann reports, the debate has turned ugly, with Lake George residents promising to lobby Governor Pataki.

Tuesday during regional news, we'll take the sonar question out onto the waters of Lake George, revisiting a summer trip to a bay that's infested with Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article

Audio Postcard From Lake George, Where An Invasive Species Has Taken Root

The political debate is raging over the use of a chemical herbicide to slow the spread of an invasive plant on Lake George. Brian Mann revisits a summer trip on the lake, made with the Lake George Park Commission's Mike White in 2001.

Note: Story updated for broadcast.  Go to full article

APA Meeting Today in Ray Brook

The Adirondack Park Agency meets today in Ray Brook. This meeting
is the first without veteran chairman Dick LeFebvre, who stepped down last month. The Agency is facing a laundry list of controversial issues, at a time when there's been turnover in top staff positions. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the Sonar controversy on Lake George and other issues.  Go to full article

Public Outcry Absent from Invasives Problem

One of the biggest environmental problems facing the Great Lakes is the introduction of foreign plants and animals. Invasive species such as the zebra mussel are causing havoc to the lakes. Local, state, and federal governments know about the problems. But there's not been much public pressure on the governments to do much about them. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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