Duluth, Minn.: Minnesota Sea Grant is expanding its highly successful Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!™ program. The program educates boaters and anglers about how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Here, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees remove Zebra mussels from a lock. Photo from Flickr/USACE HQ.
Region-wide: A New Jersey scientist has invented a system that uses ultrasound and filters to kill invasive species in ballast water. With new federal rules requiring ocean freighters in U.S. waters to treat ballast water starting in 2017, BallastSolution could help stem the tide of invasive species entering the Great Lakes. Photo courtesy of Montclair State University.
Region-wide: A project that tracked bird movements in the Great Lakes could reduce the number of birds and bats killed by new wind turbines planned for the basin. These radar images show the dramatic increase in bird migration at night. Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Region-wide: Sea Grant programs in five Great Lakes states worked with law enforcement agencies to reduce the quantity of prescription medications, like these pills above, that are washed down sinks and toilets, thereby reducing the risk of biologically active compounds in drugs contaminating lakes, rivers and drinking water sources. Photo from Flickr/bradleypjohnson.
Regional: Samples from bait shops across all Great Lake states were genetically screened for the presence of aquatic invasives being sold as live bait. The photo above shows a sign being posted to help anglers learn how to avoid contributing to the spread of invasives. Photo courtesy of Lucas Nathan.
Regional: Mapping historic harmful algal blooms helps us understand the relationship between blooms and their causal factors, leading to more effective future management. The above photo shows satellite imagery of algal blooms in Lake Erie. Photo courtesy of Michigan Technological University.
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