Aquatic invasive species

Zebra mussels confirmed in lakes in Crow Wing, Itasca counties

(Photo by Brian Peterson)The Minnesota DNR has confirmed zebra mussels in Serpent Lake in Crow Wing County and in Dora Lake and connected waters in Itasca County. A lake service provider business removing a dock from Serpent Lake contacted the DNR after finding several suspected zebra mussels. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed zebra mussels attached to vegetation hanging from a…

Program to protect against invasive mussels in Montana has money issues

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)POLSON, Mont. — A pilot program to help protect the Flathead Basin from invasive aquatic mussels faces funding problems on two fronts. The Flathead Basin Commission was to administer a program that could add more boat certification stations along with automated inspection and detection devices with funding from the sale of a boat sticker. However,…

Montana wrapping up ramped-up AIS inspection ‘season’

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations will close for the season Oct. 15. Boaters that are still in need of an inspection can receive one at a regional FWP office. Water temperatures in both Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs will be below the levels to allow invasive mussels to spawn, dramatically…

New York’s Finger Lakes to get nearly $1 million for invasive species control efforts

Starry stonewort forms dense surface mats in lakes.SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — The Finger Lakes are getting almost $900,000 in federal funding to help battle invasive species. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Environmental Protection Agency is awarding almost $600,000 to the Finger Lakes Institute to help control a recently discovered hydrilla infestation in Cayuga Lake. The fast-growing aquatic weed can make…

Michigan focuses on early detection to battle invasives

Glenn Schmitt of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality surveys the extent of a parrot feather invasion in a creek in Jackson County. (Michigan DNR)Experts with the Michigan’s Invasive Species Program are ready. The program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development, relies on calls, emails and reports before springing into action…