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How a Lake in Minnesota is Protecting Itself from Eurasian Watermilfoil
Lake Washburn in Minnesota is finding success in keeping EWM under control by using the combination of chemical application and scuba diving. By Minnesota Seasonal Recreational Property Owners, MSRPO - June 2011
Scientists Link Invasive Barberry to Lyme Disease
Scientists in Conneticut have been doing research for five years on the relationship between Japanese barberry (a highly invasive plant that forms dense canopies in forests), ticks that carry Lyme disease and deer overpopulation. By Judy Benson – The Day – June 6, 2011
Invasive Species are 'Waiting on the Doorstep' of the Great Lakes
A team of university and government researchers has identified 75 species that could find their way into the Great Lakes basin over time. including a fish called the "snakehead" that can survive out of water, move on land and breathe air! The scientists’ current hit list of several high-priority includes the northern snakehead, monkey goby, New Zealand mudsnail, killer shrimp, golden mussel and hydrilla. By Howard Meyerson, Grand Rapids Press ,Jan. 14, 2011
Western Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area
Read the notes from the summer meeting of the Western Upper Peninsula Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area. Included is a 2010 summary of infested lakes, treatments and other actions by lake associations, and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative accomplishments.
Species Rules Stall
Conservationists warn that slow progress on ballast water and Asian carp may prove costly. By Jim Lynch – The Detroit News – Jan. 17, 2011
Michigan Supreme Court ruling on riparian rights
Who is obligated, and who should be held accountable for maintaining the health of the Great Lakes? Can Great Lakes leaders work cooperatively once again-as they did with the lamprey-to stop the Asian carp and try to fix the damage wrought by all the invasive species now living in our lakes?
By Dan Egan – Journal Sentinel – Dec. 4, 2010
An Open Front Door to Invaders in Great Lakes
Here’s a new perspective on the importance of stopping international shipping throughout the Great Lakes system.
Dan Egan of the Journal-Sentinel - October 3, 2010
Summer’s wet, warm weather fueling invasive plant growth.
This summer’s early warm and wet weather is accelerating the germination, growth and flowering of purple loosestrife. WDNR News Release - August 3, 2010
Inspection data shows minority of boaters increasing risk to lakes and rivers. Wardens will shift from education to enforcement of new aquatic invasive species law. WDNR News Release - July 27, 2010
Asian Wasps may help in fight against Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
A biological control is being developed to control the spread of EAB.
Spinal Column Newsweekly (online) - July 14, 2010
Counting the Cost of Alien Invasions
Far too many countries have failed to grasp the scale of the threat from invasive species. Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme’s executive director, BBC News Website - April 13, 2010
Invasive Species and PCBs
New University of Michigan research finds invasive species are accelerating PCBs up the food chain. Steve Carmody, Michigan Radio - April 12, 2010
VHS found in Lake Superior fish
Traces of Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia virus (VHS) found in fish inhabiting Lake Superior. WDNR News Release - January 27, 2010
Bill Introduced to Stop the Spread of Asian Carp to the Great Lakes
US Senator Debbie Stabenow (R-Michigan) introduces CARP ACT in the Senate. E-mail correspondence from Debbie Stabenow - January 21, 2010
EPA Releases National Lakes Assessment for Comment
U.S. EPA released its draft National Lakes Assessment (NLA), which it says is the most comprehensive study of the nation’s lakes to date. Dec 18, 2009
Watch out for invasive species in adornments to wreaths and dried arrangements
Be careful of those holiday wreaths.
From the WDNR weekly on-line newsletter and forwarded by Ted Ritter, Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator – December 15, 2009
15,000 reasons to worry about state’s lakes
Zebra mussels are well on their way to invading state’s many lakes.
Dan Egan of the Journal Sentinel – Nov. 2, 2009
Congress approves $475M to restore the Great Lakes
$60 million of the total will be devoted to the control of invasive species.
The Detroit News - Article by Deb Price, Detroit News Washington Bureau – Oct. 30, 2009
An update on milfoil in Bass Lake, Watersmeet, MI
Bass Lake has a mixture of native Variable-leaf water-milfoil along with non-native Eurasian water-milfoil (comparison photo included).
Ian Shackleford, Botanist, Ottawa National Forest – Oct. 29, 2009
Emergency Action Needed to Prevent Asian Carp Invasion
There is an urgent threat of Asian Carp entering the first of the Great Lakes. Alliance for the Great Lakes website – Oct. 14, 2009
The Clean Water Act after 37 Years: Recommitting to Protection of the Nation’s Waters
On October 15, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing marking the 37th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act. Excerpts from the National Wildlife Federation and New York Times websites – October 2009
Smelt Potentially Spreading in Florence County
Smelt are not native to Wisconsin and can have negative impacts on fish populations. Maureen Ferry, Invasive Species Program Manager, Florence County Land Conservation Department - Oct. 7, 2009
New Invasive Crayfish Found in Wisconsin
A new invasive crayfish called Red Swamp Crayfish could harm native fish, frogs and crayfish populations WDNR Weekly News Article – Sept. 8, 2009
Harmful Algae Surveillance Program

Several articles explain how exposure to blue-green algae can be harmful to humans and pets. All articles reprinted from Lake Tides – Various dates
Zebra Mussels Confirmed in Hagerman Lake in Iron County
A wildlife biologist with the Ottawa National Forest has confirmed that zebra mussels have been spread to Hagerman Lake in west Iron County.
Bob Evans – Supervisory Wildlife Biologist, Ottawa National Forest – Aug. 4, 2009
EPA Worried about Fireworks Residue in Water
EPA says more study is needed to determine the effects of perchlorate, a
chemical found in fireworks, on drinking water.
By Catherine L. Barker - National Geographic – July 2009
Terrestrial Invasive Species Invading the Ottawa National Forest

Fast-spreading non-native plants are invading the one million acre Ottawa National Forest according to botanist Ian Shackleford.
By Diane Montz – Ironwood Globe – June 13, 2009
Invasive Species make Lake Jumping Dangerous
The practice of lake jumping by fishermen has become more controversial because of the increased chance of spreading aquatic invasive species to waters that are not yet infested.
By Kurt Krueger – Vilas County News-Review – May 20, 2009
Garlic Mustard Invades the Forest Floor in the Midwest
Garlic mustard is choking out wide swaths of spring wildflower displays and morel morsels, but scientists believe they have found a natural enemy of the terrestrial invasive garlic mustard in the form of a tiny European weevil.
Pam Smith – Farm Journal – May 15, 2009
Important Reproduction Findings about Japanese Knotweed
Neighboring counties are dealing with the threat presented by the terrestrial invasive Japanese Knotweed and its ability to reproduce.
By Ted Ritter (Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator) May 7, 2009
New Aquatic Invasive Spreading into the Midwest
Brazilian elodea also called Brazilian waterweed is spreading into Midwest lakes and streams. This emphasizes the importance of stopping the movement of all aquatic vegetation between water bodies.
Excerpts from newsletter article of Midwest Invasive Plants Network (MIPN) – Spring 2009
Lakefront property owners advised to watch for Great Lakes invaders moving inland
University of Notre Dame professor David Lodge advises inland lakefront property owners to keep an eye on the Great Lakes for what invasive species are coming next. Lodge said science shows the best way to protect inland waterways is to try to control what leaves bodies of water that already are infested. By Dan Egan – Journal Sentinel – March 19, 2009
USDA Invasive Species VIDEO CLIPS
The US Department of Agriculture has created five short videos emphasizing the roles of anglers and hunters in preventing the spread of both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.
By Ted Ritter, Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator, Nov. 6, 2008
Watersmeet Lakeguards grateful for dedicated educator
Delores Sewell, the ISCCW’s head educator is an integral part of fighting invasive species in Watersmeet Township.
By Barbara Wilkinson – Sept. 9, 2008
Hybrid Milfoil Confirmed in Iron County Michigan
A hybrid between Eurasian watermilfoil and northern watermilfoil has been confirmed in Runkle Lake, Iron County Michigan.
By Ian Shackleford, Ottawa National Forest, Oct. 22, 2008
Terrestrial Invasive Plants are Major Threat to Midwestern Woodlands
Vilas County Invasive Species Coordinator reports that fall is the best time to be on the lookout for buckthorn and bush honeysuckle which are major threats to the Midwestern woodlands. By Ted Ritter- September 25, 2008
Wisconsin DNR News Release to Fishermen
The Wisconsin DNR is urging fishermen and boaters to take steps to prevent the spread of disease and aquatic invasive species.
By DNR News – April 29, 2008
Scientists say Foreign Mussels Damage make it the Worst of all Great Lakes Invasive Species
Several prominent researchers contend that zebra and quagga mussels have had the largest impact on biological communities of the Great Lakes, causing profound changes at all levels of the food chain.
By Jeff Alexander – The Muskegon Chronicle- April 9, 2008