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News stories tagged with "zebra-mussels"

Zebra mussels rebounding near Sackets Harbor

A thick cake of zebra mussels nearly shut down a water treatment plant in Sackets Harbor last week. The invasive species has been wreaking havoc in Lake Ontario for more than 20 years now. New regulations on the ocean-going freighters that first brought zebra mussels to these shores--and other measures--have led some to believe the invader has been contained. But, as Jonathan Brown reports, officials in Sackets Harbor now fear the species is rebounding.  Go to full article
Photo by David Doubilet for <i>National Geographic</i>
Photo by David Doubilet for National Geographic

Capturing the Underwater World on Film

David Doubilet documents the underwater world around the globe for National Geographic. He's a contributing photographer in residence with the magazine. His latest project on the Okavango River Delta in Botswana was featured in the December issue of National Geographic. Doubilet and his partner Jennifer Hayes will talk about their work and show photos at Save The River's Winter Weekend tomorrow at Bonnie Castle in Alexandria Bay. When not on assignment, Doubilet and Hayes live on the St. Lawrence River in Clayton. The infestation of zebra mussels in the St. Lawrence has made the water extremely clear, and it's a mixed blessing for Doubilet. On one hand, he calls it ecological devastation.  Go to full article

Fish Diet Down in Diporeia Die Off

One of the basic building blocks of the Great Lakes food chain is disappearing. The bottom of the lakes used to be teeming with tiny crustaceans known as Diporeia. But their numbers are declining, and in wide stretches they're just simply gone. Commercial fishers are beginning to see the effect on fish. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham has an update.  Go to full article

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

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

New York, Vermont Senators: $55 Million For Lake Champlain

Senators from New York and Vermont introduced new legislation Thursday, that would spend 55 million dollars cleaning up Lake Champlain. The money would fund programs designed to cut pollution and control invasive species. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Seeking Culprits for Lake Erie Dead Zone

Back in the 1970's Lake Erie was considered dead. Too many
nutrients were flowing into the lake, causing algae blooms that used up the oxygen. Massive fish kills were one result. Until recently, scientists thought they had the problem licked. But a few years ago, researchers began to realize those conditions were returning. Zebra mussels could be one culprit, but scientists aren't sure. So the U-S EPA has launched a research ship to gather data that might help to unravel the mystery. The
Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Schaefer reports.
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