Invasive Species

U.S. Geological Survey

The Asian carp captured this summer near the southern tip of Lake Michigan -- triggering a big scare -- apparently slipped past electric barriers.

EPA

A new non-native species has been found in western Lake Erie, the EPA said Monday.

It's named Brachionus leydigii. And it's a type of zooplankton, which means it could be food for lots of fish.

Illinois Dept of Natural Resources

Great Lakes Today reporter Elizabeth Miller appeared on WVIZ/PBS program Ideas to discuss the release of a new study from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

The report details new measures -- including electric barriers, noise and an engineered channel -- to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes. 

USACE

In a long-awaited report, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says new measures are needed to prevent Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes.

The report says the current defense at the Brandon Road lock in Illinois – an underwater electric barrier – should be beefed up. The Army Corps' recommended plan would add water jets and complex noises – like the underwater recordings of a boat motor. 


by Angelica A. Morrison / Labatts USA and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper announce partnership

A new series of environmental events focused on clearing invasive plants will begin this summer in the Buffalo area.

The Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper and Labatt USA are hosting several cleanup events centered around Times Beach on Lake Erie and Seneca Bluffs on the Buffalo River. The river empties into the eastern end of Lake Erie.

In addition to clearing debris, volunteers will help remove invasives, Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka says.

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