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A small number of Asian carp might be enough to establish a population in the Great Lakes that eventually could pose a serious threat to other fish species and the region’s economy, a Canadian scientist said Monday.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario said in a paper published this month that under the right circumstances, as few as 10 Asian carp that find their way into one of the Great Lakes would have a 50-50 chance of becoming established. If 20 fish slip inside, the probability of gaining a foothold could jump to 75 percent, the study said.
For the full article, see John Flesher, "Study: Few Asian carp needed to establish foothold", Chicago Sun-Times, September 16, 2013.
The Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency agreed to enter a revised consent agreement with a ferry operator that would stop the nation’s last coal-fired ferryboat from dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan before the start of the 2015 sailing season.
A federal judge has to approve Friday’s motion, the Ludington Daily News reported.
Lake Michigan Carferry, operator of the S.S. Badger, wants to install an ash retention system aboard the ship that hauls passengers, vehicles and cargo between its home port of Ludington, Mich., and Manitowoc, Wis., from May to October. Currently, ash from its boilers is mixed with water and piped overboard. More than 500 tons of ash is released during a typical season.
The consent deal also calls for a reduction in the amount of ash discharged this year and over the five-month 2014 sailing season.
For the full article, see "Deal sought to end S.S. Badger's coal ash dumping by 2015", Detroit News, September 14, 2013.
Flipping poles: what the Sun's changing polarity means for us Earthlings
September 12, 2013
WMU researchers discover potentially lucrative mineral deposit
September 12, 2013
To prepare for invasive Asian carp, DNR tests its carp-catching skills
Lindsey Smith and Rebecca Williams
September 12, 2013
U-M researchers unravel mysteries about mercury in fish
September 10, 2013
Insect-spread deer disease found in Muskegon Co.
September 9, 2013
For all of you who love your iPads and android tablets, you’ll be interested to know that the MSU Libraries now has a subscription to BrowZine, an app that can help you read and stay current with scholarly journals.
Within the BrowZine app, you can:
• Create a bookshelf of your favorite journals for easy, fast access
• Read articles in a format optimized for a tablet device
• Get alerts when new journal issues are published
• Save articles to Zotero, Dropbox, or an app of your choice for pdf collecting and notetaking
• Share links to articles with others by email, facebook, twitter
For more information on how to get started and use, visit MSU’s BrowZine page at http://libguides.lib.msu.edu/browzineapp .
BrowZine is an app that you freely download yourself from iTunes, Google Play or Amazon App Store. Once you have the app on your device, you will choose MSU as your library and login with MSU net ID and password. Then you will be able to add journals subscribed to by the MSU Libraries to your bookshelf.
BrowZine is a brand new product and has worked to include journals from many of the major publishers, particularly in the sciences, but you’ll find that not all journals are yet included. More and more journals will be added over time.
By the way, as of today, there are 409 journals in the category of ‘Earth and Environmental Sciences’.
More than 36,000 miles of rivers flow around the state, feeding the Great Lakes. They offer a bounty of fish and many opportunities to enjoy wildlife, either from shore or while paddling a canoe or kayak.
In the four decades since the federal Clean Water Act passed in 1970, Michigan’s rivers have become cleaner and healthier, said Chris Freiburger, supervisor of the habitat mangement of the state Department of Natural Resources’ fisheries division.
“Overall they’re in really good shape across the state in a broad sense,” Freiburger said. Industrial discharge is more strictly regulated and so-called “single point” polluters are rare.
For the full article, see Kathleen Lavey, "Reviving Michigan's rivers: State's restoration efforts over past four decades have made 36,000 miles of waters cleaner, healthier", Lansing State Journal, September 11, 2013.
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