invasive species

New Research Shows Invasive Plants Can Feed Farms, Power Homes

Dec 2, 2016
Photo by Sam Corden / Great Lakes Today

Researchers who work in wetlands in Michigan are taking a new approach to invasive plants. Instead of removing plants like phragmites and switchgrass, they’re harvesting them. They say these plants are a threat to biodiversity, but they can benefit farmers and even power homes.

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Roy Norton is Consul General of Canada in Chicago. Wisconsin is one of three states, along with Illinois and Missouri, in his purview.

This week the Consul General is visiting communities around Wisconsin. Much of his visit involves strengthening business ties between the state and Canada.

But Monday, Norton was in Milwaukee at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, discussing another key issue – invasive species plaguing the Great Lakes.

UW Arboretum

A species of earthworms that is known to "act crazy, jump and thrash" is jumping and thrashing  its way across the state.

The worm goes by many names, including crazy worm, jumping worm and snake worm. It is officially known as the Amynthas agrestis and was identified at the UW Arboretum in Madison in October of 2013. Since then, it has turned up in multiple locations around the state, including Milwaukee.

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Silver carp DNA was discovered in the Fox River, a tributary of Lake Michigan.

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Great Lakes advocates have been fretting for years, about the potential invasion of Asian carp. This week the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee released its updated plan to keep the beast at bay.

R. Rothman NYS Museum

Daniel P. Molloy took on “out of control” flies,  invasive mussels, and now at-risk oysters.

Nerissa Michaels, Illinois River Biological Station

Milwaukeeans had their chance to voice opinions  on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report on preventing Asian carp from slipping into the Great Lakes; Thursday the Corps heads to Traverse City.

Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers issued a long-awaited report about ways to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.  

A single positive sample for Silver Carp showed up in Sturgeon Bay near Door County’s Potawatomi State Park.

A new study cautions that even a small number of carp would be enough for the invaders to begin colonizing  the Great Lakes.

U.S. Forest Service

It turns out that the health of forests has quite a bit to do with the health of the lakes.

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A UWM School of Freshwater Sciences researcher shares his “big picture” view of the state and future of the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Michigan.

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Researchers are analyzing water samples from rivers that feed into the Great Lakes.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A new report offers a mixed review of the state of the health of the Great Lakes.