Clear choice- invasive mussels

On a calm day when Lake Erie is like glass, visibility can reach depths not imagined in the early 1970s. Unchecked pollution at that time limited water clarity, which research shows was at best approximately three feet. After a decade of reduced phosphorus inputs, clarity improved to six to 10 feet in the 1980s. When zebra mussels dramatically expanded water clarity to 10 to 17 feet in the early 1990s, many water enthusiasts hailed their invasion as a positive outcome.

Say 'Good Riddance'

Progress made in eliminating PPCP chemicals from the environment

Knowledge gives us the opportunity to fix problems.
To be sure, educating people about the health and environmental problems caused by chemicals in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) has not solved them. And with worldwide PPCP use increasing dramatically each year, these problems are worsening.

In the zone- benefits of 40-year-old Coastal Management Act

You might not celebrate this date: Oct.27.

But if you love spending time at the beach, or benefit economically from coastal resources or activities, you may want to commemorate this important day. On Oct.27, 1972, Congress established the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) to preserve, protect, develop, enhance, and restore the nation’s coastal resources.


Banish these pests

Early detection and rapid response are the best and most cost-effective approaches to controlling invasive plant species. However, without proper education and the help of every citizen, it’s impossible to achieve either. Once non-native species become established, they’re almost impossible to remove and very difficult to control. Your help in monitoring and removing invasive species around your home, school or community before they have a chance to spread is crucial.


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