As many property owners and lake groups know, Eurasian water milfoil is a problem without a great solution. It’s an invasive plant that grows in dense mats in lakes throughout Wisconsin. It can be treated with chemicals to keep the growth down, but that comes with side effects as well as a hefty price tag. But some researchers think there could be a way to use tiny bugs called milfoil weevils as a biocontrol on some lakes. But the idea is more complicated than it seems.
Anglers will be seeing volunteers and DNR staff out at boat landings this weekend hoping to put something cold in the live wells. Oneida County Aquatic Invasive species coordinator Michele Sadauskas says to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive hitchhikers, volunteers will be handing out ice packs to put in live wells...
"...instead of transporting fish, live in water in the live wells, we're handing out ice packs to help them drain their live wells and put their catch on ice...."
Kids at Rhinelander schools celebrated winning awards in an aquatic invasive species poster contest Wednesday. The contest spans nine Northwoods counties…and asks kids to design a poster and slogan that spreads awareness of aquatic invasives.
Central Intermediate School fourth grade students Reagan Hartman and Elise Tesch took first and second place in their division.
“Well I drew a boat…and I wrote stop and pick off invasive species," Hartman explained.
Our lakes may still be covered in ice, but volunteer lake monitors are gearing up for a season of keeping invasive species at bay.
Dozens of volunteers gathered this week in Rhinelander for a refresher on rules and protocols. Oneida County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator Michele Sadauskas says they’re a fraction of those working in Oneida County alone.
We usually think of an invasive species as taking over its environment, at the expense its native counterparts.
But a new study from the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Center for Limnology challenges that assumption. It compiled survey data from a variety of studies on aquatic species, and finds that most of the time aquatic invasives keep a pretty low profile. WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Gretchen Hansen, lead author on the study.