Invasive Species

November 21, 2009--Asian carp may be near U.S. Great Lakes (Environmental News Network)

There are signs Asian carp may have breached barriers designed to keep the prolific fish out of the Great Lakes, which could spell ecological disaster for the vital source of fresh water, authorities said on Fri

October 9, 2009--Arkansas River Valley producers battle tamarisk with aerial spraying (La Junta Ag Journal)

Producers along the Arkansas River from Canon City to the state line past Holly, have undertaken a project to rid their land from tamarisk or salt cedar. They can't count on Mother Nature for help because tamarisk is not native to this country and that means it has no natural enemies.

Trillions of Western Mussels

The picture at left depicts quagga mussels removed from the Mississippi River lock and dam number 7 (2001). This invasive species has inundated waterways east of the 100th meridian.

September 16, 2009--New Northwest salmon plan modifies Bush approach (Los Angeles Times)

Fisheries managers announced Tuesday that they would enhance but not significantly alter the government's current strategy for saving salmon from extinction in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest, drawing criticism from conservationists.

August 28, 2009--Coast Guard proposes limits on invasive species released by ships in US ports (Los Angeles Times)

The Coast Guard on Thursday proposed national standards for regulating the release in port of ships' ballast water, which can introduce new, sometimes detrimental species to U.S. ecosystems.

August 20, 2009--Tamarisk beetle program put on hold (Durango Telegraph)

The battle of the invaders may be going on hold in the West. While tamarisk, the poster child for non-native plants, has squeezed out native species and exhausted scarce water resources throughout the West, there has been a new ally in the fight against the noxious weed’s spread – a small beetle from Central Asia.

August 19, 2009--The Asian clams of Lake Tahoe are getting TOO comfortable! (Environmental News Network)

The population of the coffee-colored Asian clams has soared in the southeast portion of the lake, threatening to hog

August 9, 2009--State introducing bugs to fight weeds in Arkansas Valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is releasing bugs in the valley to knock back tamarisk, leafy spurge and bindweed as the summer growing season moves ahead.