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Small Mussels with Big Effects: Invasive Quagga Mussels Eat Away at Great Lakes Food Web

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Small Mussels with Big Effects: Invasive Quagga Mussels Eat Away at Great Lakes Food Web

Since hitching unsolicited rides in boat ballast water in the late 1980s, invasive quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis), which are native to Ukraine, have caused massive changes to the ecology of the Great Lakes.  These invasive mussels have also taken a toll on the Great Lakes recreational and commercial fisheries, which are valued at $4-7 million annually.

Hydrologic Dashboard Tool Washes Out Storm Uncertainties

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hydrologic Dashboard Tool Washes Out Storm Uncertainties

Inspiration struck with the large storm that hit Duluth, Minnesota in October of 2005. The flooding that ensued after this unexpected event caught many off guard, so University of Wisconsin Sea Grant’s David Hart hired several graduate students to create an online tool that would show where and how the storm affected the area, and provide insight to similar events in the future. 
Bringing Back the Fish

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bringing Back the Fish

Michigan Sea Grant is overseeing a long-term restoration project to restore fish spawning habitat for native fish species. An acre of rock reefs were constructed in the Middle Channel of the St. Clair River in the spring of 2012 — and fish are already using the reefs.  “It is science in action,” said Jennifer Read, assistant director of Michigan Sea Grant and project lead. “We were still constructing reefs a few hundred feet away, and yet, here they were…”

Drifting Buoys Track Water Currents in the Great Lakes Straits of Mackinac

Friday, July 27, 2012

Drifting Buoys Track Water Currents in the Great Lakes Straits of Mackinac

When you’re watching a river or the waves on a lake, do you ever wonder where that water goes? If you threw a rubber ducky into the water, where would it end up? Scientists are studying the movement of water in the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, to figure out how the water moves around. This water movement can affect ship traffic, how pollution spreads, and where aquatic animals go.

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