Water Foul- Aquascapes

Many plants and animals sold for water gardens and aquascapes are not native. While the majority may never become problems, some are highly invasive. Once introduced, these species disrupt ecosystems, reduce biodiversity and cost communities huge amounts of time, money, resources and lost revenue. They obstruct navigable waterways, restrict drainage, clog water intakes, degrade water quality and interfere with fishing and recreation.

In hot water

Scores of lakes, rivers and streams are under attack by aquatic invaders, which are causing environmental and economic harm. Are you unknowingly helping them? These non-native aquatic plants and animals (some are microscopic) have no predators to keep them in check so they cause havoc. They compete with native and game species for space and food. They pose public health risks and also burden municipal water plants, agriculture, tourism, fisheries and outdoor recreation industries.

Plastic Havoc

No place in the world is left untouched by plastic pollution.

Researchers are finding plastics everywhere they look, including the ocean, the Great Lakes, on out of-the-way uninhabited islands and even trapped in remote Arctic Sea ice.

Holy Toledo HAB Blooms

They live in the world’s most freshwater-rich area and not a drop was safe to drink.

From Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, almost half-a-million Lake Erie citizens were warned: Do not drink the water, do not brush your teeth or prepare food with it, and do not give it to your pets. Health officials also advised that children and people with weak immune systems not use the water to bathe.

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