invasive species http://michiganradio.org en Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/senators-want-faster-action-stopping-asian-carp <div><p>TRAVERSE CITY –&nbsp;A group of U.S. senators wants the federal government to move faster on preventing Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes through waterways in the Chicago area.</p><p>Eleven senators from states in the region sent a letter Tuesday to the assistant secretary of the Army, whose office oversees the Army Corps of Engineers. The letter asks a series of questions about when the Corps might begin tasks such as adding barriers at the southernmost lock in the Chicago Area Waterway System.</p><p>It also asks what authorization the Corps needs from Congress to move more quickly toward short- and long-term solutions.</p><p>The Corps issued a report in January with options for blocking the invasive carp's path to Lake Michigan, but says Congress and regional stakeholders must choose the final plan.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:16:37 +0000 The Associated Press 16902 at http://michiganradio.org Senators want faster action on stopping Asian carp The solution to the Asian carp problem? 'Dam it,' say many at public hearing in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/solution-asian-carp-problem-dam-it-say-many-public-hearing-ann-arbor <p>About a hundred people showed up at a public hearing Tuesday night in Ann Arbor to discuss ways to keep Asian carp from getting into the Great Lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One by one, people took to the microphone to tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the only way to stop the Asian carp is to close the man-made waterways connecting the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River basin.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Asian carp have devastated native fish populations in parts of the Mississippi River basin since first being introduced in the southern United States. Some species of Asian carp were brought in to help keep retention ponds clean in aquaculture and wastewater treatment facilities.</span></p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:00:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 16126 at http://michiganradio.org The solution to the Asian carp problem? 'Dam it,' say many at public hearing in Ann Arbor First meeting on U.S. Army Corps’ plans for Asian carp is tonight in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/first-meeting-us-army-corps-plans-asian-carp-tonight-ann-arbor <p>This week federal officials will talk about the options for preventing <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/asian-carp">Asian carp </a>from reaching Lake Michigan.</p><p>People and organizations will get a chance to have their say about which option they support. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host meetings in Ann Arbor on Tuesday night and in Traverse City on Thursday.</p><p>The meetings are <a href="http://glmris.anl.gov/events/">two of six scheduled this month</a>, from Louisiana to Pennsylvania. Officials will also take written comments through early March.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16103 at http://michiganradio.org First meeting on U.S. Army Corps’ plans for Asian carp is tonight in Ann Arbor Will plans to stop Asian carp invasion take too long? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-plans-stop-asian-carp-invasion-take-too-long <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a </span><a href="http://www.lrc.usace.army.mil/Media/NewsReleases/tabid/3691/Article/20872/corps-submits-report-to-congress-with-alternatives-to-prevent-asian-carp-and-ot.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about what might be done to keep those invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It took seven years and that was a rush job after some members of Congress accused the Corps of dragging its feet.</span></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:27:24 +0000 Lester Graham 15950 at http://michiganradio.org Will plans to stop Asian carp invasion take too long? In this morning's headlines: More money in MI, power outage investigation, the good in polar vortex http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-more-money-mi-power-outage-investigation-good-polar-vortex <p><strong>Lawmakers kick off 2014 with a budget surplus</strong></p><p>"The state Legislature has kicked off its 2014 session. One of the first big debates of the new year will be about what to do with a projected budget surplus. Early estimates suggest the state will have hundreds of millions of dollars more than it expected," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>State regulators investigate utilities' response to massive power outage</strong></p><p>"State regulators will investigate how Michigan’s two largest electric utilities responded to a massive power outage last month. State regulators will not be investigating how the Lansing Board of Water and Light handled the same outage. They do not have jurisdiction over municipal utilities," Steve Carmody<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-regulators-will-investigate-how-consumers-energy-dte-responded-major-december-power"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Polar vortex could stave off invasive species </strong></p><p>"It might be difficult to think of this week's deep freeze as anything good, but scientists say the extreme cold could slow the migration of invasive species and kill some of the insect pests that have ravaged forests. Heavy ice could also prevent erosion and protect wetlands along big lakes," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 11:54:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15947 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: More money in MI, power outage investigation, the good in polar vortex Michigan agencies step up invasive species fight http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-agencies-step-invasive-species-fight <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan officials say after years of planning, they're ready to put in place a strategy for controlling the spread of invasive species in the state's waterways.<br /><br />The plan is described in the annual "State of the Great Lakes" report released Thursday by the Department of Environmental Quality.<br /><br />Aquatic invaders such as quagga mussels cost the region hundreds of millions of dollars a year.<br /><br />The newly developed strategy focuses on early detection of new invaders and a rapid response to rein them in.<br /> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 18:31:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15802 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan agencies step up invasive species fight Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-great-lakes-birds-dying-botulism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine walking down a picturesque beach along Lake Michigan, and stumbling upon the carcasses of dead birds. That’s a very real and unpleasant problem along Lakes Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie. (It’s not as big of an issue in Lake Superior because of the lake’s colder water temperatures.)</span></p><p>Loons and other deep-diving birds are suffering from a disease called avian botulism. It’s form of food poisoning that kills wild birds in the Great Lakes ecosystem.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15717 at http://michiganradio.org Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? New invasion threatens Michigan water plants http://michiganradio.org/post/new-invasion-threatens-michigan-water-plants <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - An invasive plant is spreading in Michigan waters.<br /><br />The Department of Natural Resources says <a href="http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Netherlands/photo218560.htm">European frog-bit</a> has been spotted in Saginaw Bay, Alpena and Chippewa County's Munuscong Bay. Until recently, the free-floating aquatic plant had been reported only in a few sites in the southeastern Lower Peninsula.<br /><br />European frog-bit was released accidentally into Canadian waters in the 1930s. It has spread across Ontario and the Northeastern U.S.<br /> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 18:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15212 at http://michiganradio.org New invasion threatens Michigan water plants Tracking Asian carp by what they leave behind http://michiganradio.org/post/tracking-asian-carp-what-they-leave-behind <p>There’s a lot of time, money and effort being spent to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To keep them out, we first have to know where the carp are.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Biologists often go out and sample water from rivers and lakes to look for carp. They test the water for genetic material, and some of those tests have turned up positive for Asian carp.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year, </span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/crews-find-20-new-positive-edna-hits-asian-carp-lake-erie" style="line-height: 1.5;">20 samples turned up positive</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> hits in Lake Erie. The positive DNA hits raise alarm bells that an invasive carp species might be establishing a population in the Great Lakes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the presence of carp DNA does not mean an actual fish was swimming in that area.</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:27:25 +0000 Rebecca Williams & Mark Brush 14986 at http://michiganradio.org Tracking Asian carp by what they leave behind To prepare for invasive Asian carp, DNR tests its carp-catching skills http://michiganradio.org/post/prepare-invasive-asian-carp-dnr-tests-its-carp-catching-skills <p>This week, the Department of Natural Resources went through a big training drill that’s a first of its kind in Michigan. The drill is supposed to prepare the agency for what to do if the Asian carp makes its way into Michigan’s rivers.</p><p>A dozen boats stamped with the DNR logo line the shores of the St. Joseph River. Some of them are normal fishing boats.</p><p>But a few have these metal poles sticking out about three feet in front of the boat. At the end of each pole are these long pieces of metal cable that hang down in the water.</p><p>The DNR’s Todd Somers is the foreman of one of these homemade boats. He points out a 240-volt generator near the back of the boat. It can deliver up to 16 amps through the metal poles at the front of the boat; sending electric shocks through the cables into the river. That’ll stun any fish nearby.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:24:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith & Rebecca Williams 14390 at http://michiganradio.org To prepare for invasive Asian carp, DNR tests its carp-catching skills Feds to survey Detroit River for invasive lamprey http://michiganradio.org/post/feds-survey-detroit-river-invasive-lamprey <p>DETROIT (AP) - A team with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will estimate the abundance of sea lamprey in the Detroit River this month to determine what control measures might be needed.<br><br>The eel-like lamprey invaded the Great Lakes during the 1920s and has remained ever since. Lampreys attach to fish with a mouth resembling a suction cup. Their sharp teeth dig through a fish's scales and skin and feed on blood and body fluids.<br><br>The average lamprey will destroy up to 40 pounds of fish.<br> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14039 at http://michiganradio.org Feds to survey Detroit River for invasive lamprey Invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/invasive-plant-species-are-threatening-great-lakes <p>We have had many conversations on Stateside about invasive species, usually the type with scales and gills, such as Asian carp.</p><p>Today, we focus on invasive species with chlorophyll. Yes, non-native plants that are invading ecosystems in the Great Lakes.</p><p>Jo Latimore is an outreach specialist with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, and she joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:29:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 13737 at http://michiganradio.org Invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes Stateside for Monday, July 29th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-29th-2013 <p>Today we focused our attention on what it takes to run an auto company, and the future of Michigan’s automakers.</p><p>And, we met a real life "Rosie the Riveter." She helped turn out bombers at the Willow Run Bomber Plant nearly 70 years ago.</p><p>And, we a got a preview of this year's Traverse City Film Festival, which kicks off this week.</p><p>Also, we took a look at what invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes and what can be done to stop them.</p><p>And, more and more people are doing their shopping on their smart phones. We spoke with a man from Ann Arbor who created an app to help with mobile shopping.</p><p>Also, John Fierst with the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University joined us to discuss Michigan In Letters, an online collection of letters that give insight to Michigan’s past.</p><p>First on the show, it's been just over a week since Detroit became the largest city in American history to file for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9.</p><p>Until now, that unwanted distinction belonged to Stockton, California.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Earlier this year, Bridge Magazine writer Ron French wrote an&nbsp;<a href="http://bridgemi.com/2013/07/stockton-vallejo-warn-detroit-you-aint-seen-nothin-yet/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">article</a>&nbsp;about his visit to bankrupt Stockton and Vallejo, a California town that has emerged from bankruptcy.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">As Ron puts it, if Stockton is an example of a city just being diagnosed with fiscal "cancer," Vallejo is a community that has finished chemotherapy. And so far nobody seems particularly thrilled with the results.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Ron French joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:57:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 13741 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 29th, 2013 NWF sues EPA over ballast water rules http://michiganradio.org/post/nwf-sues-epa-over-ballast-water-rules <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The National Wildlife Federation is suing the EPA over <a href="http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=350">the agency's ballast water rules</a>. The group says the rules are not stringent enough to stop invasive species from getting into U.S. waterways from ballast water discharges.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Invasive species found throughout the Great Lakes, such as quagga mussels, zebra mussels, round gobies, and spiny water fleas, most likely hitchhiked their way here in ballast water.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Here's how:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://youtu.be/KYIJdhw8NcA</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More on the </span>NWF's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> lawsuit from the </span><a href="http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/272116/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Duluth News Tribune</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p><blockquote><p style="font-family: sans-serif;">The EPA in April announced its ballast water regulations after years of delays and actions by environmental groups to force the issue. But the National Wildlife Federation says the rules don’t go far enough to keep invasives out of U.S. waters, including the Great Lakes.</p><p style="font-family: sans-serif;">“The EPA’s permit will not adequately protect the Great Lakes and other U.S. waters from ballast water invaders. This weak permit leaves the door open for future harm to our environment and economy,” Marc Smith, senior policy manager for the group, said in announcing the suit. “We can do better — and need to do better — if we are to protect our fish and wildlife and their habitat for future generations.”</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:21:01 +0000 The Associated Press 13462 at http://michiganradio.org NWF sues EPA over ballast water rules State wants judge to issue $700,000 fine to small farmer for special pigs http://michiganradio.org/post/state-wants-judge-issue-700000-fine-small-farmer-special-pigs <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOBUKrMXfGw&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>A farmer in Michigan could face up to $700,000 in fines for keeping a hybrid breed of pig if Michigan’s Attorney General’s office has its way.</p><p>Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources banned a species of wild Russian boar two years ago. The concern is that the pigs could escape from hunting reserves or farms and become hard to manage in the wild.</p><p>Mark Baker grows produce, and raises chickens, pigs and other animals at <a href="http://bakersgreenacres.com/">Baker's Green Acres</a> in Marion. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:55:52 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13452 at http://michiganradio.org 6 things to know to stop invaders from hitchhiking on your boat http://michiganradio.org/post/6-things-know-stop-invaders-hitchhiking-your-boat <p>There are more than 11,000 inland lakes in Michigan, and a lot of us love to take boats out on them. But invasive species also like to catch a ride on boats, and that’s a major way they get from one lake to another.</p><p>You might see people wearing blue t-shirts when you go to a boat launch this summer. They’re with the program <a href="http://www.miseagrant.umich.edu/explore/native-and-invasive-species/clean-boats-clean-waters/">Clean Boats Clean Waters</a>, and they want to show you a few things about where invasive species like to hide out.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 19:24:02 +0000 Rebecca Williams 13442 at http://michiganradio.org 6 things to know to stop invaders from hitchhiking on your boat Local government leaders begin 3 day meeting on Great Lakes issues http://michiganradio.org/post/local-government-leaders-begin-3-day-meeting-great-lakes-issues <p>A three day conference is getting underway in Marquette today, looking at the unique needs of cities on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.</p><p></p><p>More than a hundred American and Canadian cities are part of the group organizing the conference.</p><p></p><p>Dave Ulrich is the executive director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.</p><p></p><p>He says this year’s conference is focusing on the effects of climate change on Great Lakes cities, particularly on water levels on the lakes.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:53:50 +0000 Steve Carmody 13127 at http://michiganradio.org Local government leaders begin 3 day meeting on Great Lakes issues Study shows Asian carp eggs could survive in tougher conditions than previously thought http://michiganradio.org/post/study-shows-asian-carp-eggs-could-survive-tougher-conditions-previously-thought <p>Wildlife managers could have a harder time controlling spawning Asian carp, if they escape into the Lake Michigan from Chicago-area shipping canals. That's according to a <a href="http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2013/5106/pdf/sir2013-5106_web.pdf">report released by the U.S. Geological Survey.</a></p><p>Elizabeth Murphy is a hydrologist with the USGS. She co-authored the study.</p><p>Murphy says new data shows fertilized Asian carp eggs can incubate in waterways that are only 16 miles long. That’s a lot less than the 62 miles scientists thought the drifting eggs needed.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:54:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13121 at http://michiganradio.org Study shows Asian carp eggs could survive in tougher conditions than previously thought Stateside for Monday, June 3rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-june-3rd-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawmakers in Lansing are quickly wrapping up the state budget for the next fiscal year. What will the $50 billion spending plan mean for you?</span></p><p>And, we took a look at the efforts to help prison inmates rebuild their lives through post-secondary education.</p><p>Also, we got an update on just how close the Asian Carp is to the Great Lakes.</p><p>First on the show, the Council of Great Lakes Governors met this past weekend on Mackinac Island.</p><p>The group talked of economic cooperation, and harmonizing plans for protecting the largest body of freshwater on the Earth’s surface. The discussions were mostly nice, but there were some disagreements, especially when it came to dealing with invasive species.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta joined us today to explain.</p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:58:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 12855 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, June 3rd, 2013 Governors meet to discuss threat of Asian carp http://michiganradio.org/post/governors-meet-discuss-threat-asian-carp <p>The Council of Great Lakes Governors met this past weekend on Mackinac Island.</p><p>The group talked of economic cooperation, and harmonizing plans for protecting the largest body of freshwater on the Earth’s surface. The discussions were mostly nice, but there were some disagreements, especially when it came to dealing with invasive species like Asian carp.</p><p>Rick Pluta filed a story on their meeting, and we also got an update on where things stand with Asian carp.&nbsp;</p><p>We spoke with Duane Chapman, a research fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Chapman said that there have been three Bighead carp that have been caught in the Great Lakes, but not since 2000.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the whole story to find out where the most recent DNA has been found in the Lakes, and how it got there.</p><p><em>To hear the story, click the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 20:51:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 12857 at http://michiganradio.org Governors meet to discuss threat of Asian carp