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Fish Population Struggling in Lake Pinehurst

The spraying of herbicides to remove aquatic weeds in Lake Pinehurst resulted in damage to small fish breeding grounds. READ MORE

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NPDES litigation floodgates swing open

The first of an expected barrage of legal actions by environmental groups regarding the new pesticide application permits was filed in Massachusetts. The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) asked EPA to investigate whether the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health (MDPH) violated the Clean Water Act (CWA) when it declared a pest emergency for mosquitos and aerially sprayed more than 400,000 acres in the southeastern part of the state.

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Schumer gets Chautauqua Lake $54,000 for weed battle

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer secured commitment from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to unlock $54,000 in federal funds to combat the invasive species Eurasian milfoil and water chestnut in Chautauqua Lake.

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Carp promising for waterweed control

A Ministry for Primary Industries-funded trial has shown that grass carp (a weed eating fish) in enclosures could be used to eradicate early infestations of aquatic weeds, doing away with the need to release large numbers of fish throughout a lake, and preventing damage to other plant species in the water. READ MORE

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Govt targets destructive river weeds

The NSW government is launching an offensive against aquatic weeds that it says are damaging rivers in the Hawkesbury-Nepean region.

“The project will tackle some of the most serious and destructive aquatic weeds in the country, including Salvinia, Water Hyacinth, Alligator weed, Senegal Tea plant and Egeria,” Ms Hodgkinson said in a statement.

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Meet Amelia Exotica Floridana

Amy Richard and her colleagues from the University of Florida bring an exciting approach to environmental education to the 2012 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Her character, named Amelia exotica floridana, educates students of all ages about invasive plant species through visual and experiential interactions. Amy dresses up in a costume that visually represents the difference between an invasive species monoculture and a diverse habitat of native plants.

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PLANT CAMP 2012 – An invasive plant workshop for teachers only

Congratulations to this year’s PLANT CAMP graduates! It was a really great group of teachers this year. READ MORE

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An exotic snail may help save endangered snail kite

An exotic apple snail began appearing in central Florida wetlands and flourishing in hydrilla, an exotic aquatic plant found throughout the state. The snail is particularly prevalent in Lake Tohopekaliga, where most of the state’s snail kites are now found. “An abundance of snails popped up and the birds took advantage of them,” Kitchens says. “The kite population would be in critical shape if the exotic apple snails hadn’t come along.”

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Salvinia Aquatic Ferns Near Destroys East Java Lake

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The water quality of Ranu Pani, a lake which lies at the foot of Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, is steadily deteriorating due to wild vegetation and increased sediments setting in. If neglected, within 20 years, this lake will no longer exist.

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Fishing, Some Boating Banned at Wallace Lake Due to Invasive Plant

A highly invasive aquatic weed has shown up at Wallace Lake in Berea, and Cleveland Metroparks is trying to stop it in its tracks. Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), believed to have come from Africa or Southeast Asia, is often called the “perfect” aquatic weed because of its ability to grow rapidly under just about any conditions.

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