Dealing With The Economic And Environmental Harm Of Aquatic Invasive Species
January 18, 2013 02:43 PM
Broadcast explores Great Lakes solutions.
Zebra and quagga mussels, sea lamprey, and Asian carp are not native to the Great Lakes. These invasive species threaten the planet’s largest fresh water resource. Invasive species also harm the economy by costing communities and businesses money.
Joyce grantees, Detroit Public TV and the Nature Conservancy hosted a joint broadcast to present the challenges aquatic invasive species pose to the Great Lakes and ways governments and citizens can prevent the introduction and spread of these invaders. Fishing, shipping, and recreation are some of the industries hurt by freshwater intruders. The broadcast featured representatives from science, business, and government throughout the Great Lakes region who talked about how their constituencies are affected and what their organizations are doing to help.
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The Joyce Foundation supports Detroit Public TV’s Great Lakes Now broadcasts covering Great Lakes Week, an annual gathering of Great Lakes advocates, academics, government officials, and decision makers.
The Joyce Foundation Environment Program works on three interconnected issues: preventing the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species; eliminating polluted runoff from cities and farms; and advancing and defending key state, regional, and federal Great Lakes policies and funding.