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For first time, Park Agency allows chemical herbicide in Adirondack lake

For the first time ever, the Adirondack Park Agency will allow the use of a chemical herbicide to kill invasive water plants inside the blue line. More than 1500 pounds of triclopyr will be used in Lake Luzerne in the spring, in an effort to fight Eurasian water milfoil. Yesterday's precedent-setting decision comes as more lakes and ponds across the Adirondacks are struggling with the invasive weed. As Brian Mann reports, this outcome reflects a dramatic shift from the debate over fighting milfoil on Lake George.  Go to full article

Great Lakes states push for federal action against Asian carp

The invasive Asian carp and its potentially devastating impact on the Great Lakes were the focus of a Congressional hearing in Washington yesterday.

The agressive fish has already infested the Mississippi River basin, and traces of its genetic material have been found in Lake Michigan for the first time.

Illinois temporarily closed navigational locks near Chicago to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes. Representatives of the states surrounding the lakes are pressing the federal government to do more, faster. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Asian carp. Photo: The Environment Report
Asian carp. Photo: The Environment Report

Asian Carp update

A big monster of a fish is at the center of a US Supreme Court case. Asian Carp are making their way up the Mississippi towards the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Michigan's Attorney General - along with New York and several other Great Lakes states - filed a lawsuit asking the Court to close a Chicago canal in order to keep the carp out. The shipping industry says the consequences would be devastating. Jennifer Guerra has a closer look at what's at stake.  Go to full article

Invasives a growing threat to Adirondacks

Adirondack Park Agency commissioners were given a status report yesterday on what's considered to be the biggest threat to the ecology of the Adirondacks. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Invasive milfoil grows aggressively in Lake Placid

An invasive plant has been found thriving in Lake Placid. Variable-leaf water milfoil now covers nearly half an acre of the Lake. Hilary Smith is director of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program. She says worries are growing over how this strain of milfoil could harm aquatic life. And she tells Jonathan Brown the invasive plant could spread quickly to other Adirondack Lakes.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Emerald Ash Borer

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk about the Emerald Ash Borer, the insect behind those purple traps we're seeing hanging from trees all over the North Country.  Go to full article
The Emerald Ash borer..
The Emerald Ash borer..

Ash-chewing beetle joins the list of invasives hitting New York

Last week, New York's Conservation Department announced that yet another invasive species has arrived in the state. This one, the Emerald ash borer, could be devastating. Millions of trees have already been ravaged by the tiny, green beetle, from Michigan to southern Canada. Brian Mann spoke with Robert Davies, head of the DEC Division of Lands and Forests.  Go to full article

Story 2.0: the hows and whys of ash borer research

New York scientists have been on the alert for the Emerald ash borer since it appeared in Michigan in 2002. Gregory Warner went to the Syracuse in 2005 to track the beetle with DEC researchers. In our latest Story 2.0, here's what he found out about how they were looking for the beetle, and more on why they're worried.  Go to full article

Eating Asian carp

The St. Lawrence River is one of the best places in the world to fish for carp. But few anglers would think to eat them. Out in the Midwest, there are rivers flush with a species of carp that shouldn't be there in the first place. The Asian Carp is one of the Great Lakes most aggressive and damaging invasive species, pushing out native fish. There are entrepreneurs who dream of getting rid of Asian carp by turning them into food. Shawn Allee looks at what they've cooked up and whether it could do any good.  Go to full article
Asian Carp can grow up to 110 pounds. Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service
Asian Carp can grow up to 110 pounds. Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service

Keeping a big fish from butting in

There are invasive fish swimming their way toward the Great Lakes. If they get in, they could swallow up a multi-billion dollar sport fishing industry. Mark Brush reports, officials are investing millions of dollars to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes.  Go to full article

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