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Walt Lender Takes Over At Lake George Association

The Lake George Association is the oldest shore-owners' group in the United States. For 120 years, the organization has been protecting water quality and pushing for sound development on Lake George. Two years ago, the LGA lost a fight with the state and other pro-environment groups. The lake association wanted to use the chemical herbicide "Sonar" to battle an invasive water plant called Eurasian watermilfoil. Brian Mann spoke with Walt Lender, who takes over next week as head of the LGA. Lender says the organization will continue to push for smart development around Lake George -- and for use the of chemicals to fight invasive species.  Go to full article
Purple Loosestrife
Purple Loosestrife

Looking to the Environment Beyond the Garden

Invasive species are a growing problem in the north country. From purple loosestrife to Eurasian watermilfoil, alien plants are reshaping the region's environment. Gardeners and fish tank owners have introduced many of the worst species, bringing them in as decorative plants. But as Brian Mann reports, some gardeners are working to educate themselves--and to fight for a tougher response to invasives.  Go to full article
Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They  encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)
Debbie Braeu's nursery and landscaping business sells native water lilies. They encourage buying only native plants for water gardens. (Photo by Chris Julin)

Water Gardens a Route for New Invasives

You can hear frogs croaking and chirping in the middle of a city these days. You can see cattails and water lilies out your window even if you live nowhere near a lake. Water gardens are all the rage. But some scientists are warning that we have to be careful with our gardens. If plants or animals get out of a backyard pond, they can endanger native species. the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chris Julin reports.  Go to full article
Eurasian Watermilfoil
Eurasian Watermilfoil

Money For Battling Lake George Milfoil

Governor Pataki says he'll give forty thousand dollars to groups in Lake George that are fighting the spread of Eurasian watermilfoil. In a release, Pataki said the grants will allow the Lake George Park Commission expand control operations and help fund new strategies to control the invasive weed.  Go to full article

Invasives Altering Great Lakes Food Web

For decades, aquatic invaders have been plaguing the Great Lakes. They've changed the way the ecosystems work and affected the balance of life in the lakes. Most of them didn't just wander in. They hitchhiked a ride into the Lakes in the ballast water of ships from across the Atlantic. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Carolyn Gramling reports, the combination of these invasive species is causing changes that concern scientists.  Go to full article

Garden Pests: Alien Invasion!

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about the dangers of importing unwelcome pests.  Go to full article

States say Feds Falling Short on Invasives

State officials say the federal government is failing to do enough to stop invasive species of plants and animals from damaging the environment and the economy. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

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