quagga zebra mussels http://michiganradio.org en Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/zebra-mussel-killing-bacteria-could-help-native-species-great-lakes <p>A treatment that kills zebra and quagga mussels could soon be available for use in lakes and rivers. It’s very effective and safe.</p><p>But it is not likely to undo much of the ecological damage done to Michigan waters by invasive mussels.</p><p>It could be good news, though, if you’re a clam.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:04:06 +0000 Peter Payette 17055 at http://michiganradio.org Zebra mussel-killing bacteria could help native species in the Great Lakes 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 New York State backs away from stricter ballast water regulations http://michiganradio.org/post/new-york-state-backs-away-stricter-ballast-water-regulations <p><a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/New-York-drops-ballast-standards-shippers-fought-3358978.php" target="_blank">The Associated Press Reports</a>: New York State will not be imposing stricter regulations on ships potentially carrying invasive species into the Great Lakes.</p><p>In the past, ships carrying ballast water for stability have brought invasive species including quagga mussels, spiny water fleas and round gobys to the Great Lakes from Europe.</p><p>New York State controls access to the St. Lawrence Waterway, which is the gateway to the Great Lakes.</p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 18:28:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6385 at http://michiganradio.org New York State backs away from stricter ballast water regulations Michigan ecologists want new strategies to manage zebra mussels in Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ecologists-want-new-strategies-manage-zebra-mussels-great-lakes <p>Ecologists from the University of Michigan say invasive zebra and quagga mussels are causing dramatic changes to the ecosystems in northern Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Their <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es103892w">report </a>says action must come soon to stop the spread of the mussels in the Great Lakes.</p><p>Donald Scavia&nbsp; is the Director of the University of Michigan <a href="http://graham.umich.edu/">Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute</a>. He&#39;s one of the authors of a new report that says the changes are happening quickly and require more attention than they are getting now:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Our management strategies need to be able to be reviewed and modified every couple of years rather than every couple of decades.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Scavia said the zebra mussels make it difficult to predict the conditions of the Great Lakes from year to year. Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:33:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2073 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan ecologists want new strategies to manage zebra mussels in Great Lakes