Invasive species

D.C. gridlock pauses to stop floods and carp

In a rare burst of bipartisan harmony in Washington, Congress just overwhelmingly approved a $12.3 billion water resources bill with two critically important measures for Minnesota.

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St. Anthony West neighbors choosing to chemically treat ash trees

Blue bands placed by St. Anthony West Neighborhood volunteers, and laminated posters placed by Minneapolis Parks & Recreation tell complementary stories about what to do in the face of the invading Emerald Ash Borer. The park board will have EAB information and answer questions July 18 at 6:30 p.m. during a free neighborhood barbecue at Dickman Park. The neighborhood organization has identified trees to treat along Main, 2nd, 4th, and Marshall streets, 9th and 10th Avenues and a smattering of other locations. (Photos by Margo Ashmore)

The chemical is called TREE-äge with an umlaut over the a, pronounced like “triage,” the process of deciding who of those injured in disaster or war will survive even if they wait for attention, those for whom who immediate attention could make the difference, and who can not be saved.

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E-DEMOCRACY | Invasive carp changing river traffic from St. Anthony Falls on up

Bill Kahn Posted at 8:11pm, May 15

Cam Gordons 2nd Ward newsletter and papers relate that

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Pledge-to-Pull Garlic Mustard at Crosby Park

05/20/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Nestled at the bottom of the gorge at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, Crosby Farm Park is a natural oasis in the heart of the city.

Emerald ash borer: Eating away at the canopy

The bright green ribbons are startling. Tree after tree on streets throughout the neighborhood are marked with the ribbon indicating the tree is an ash – doomed to succumb to emerald ash borer.

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Purple loosetrife invasion

Purple loosetrife may look pretty but it is a noxious and invasive weed. The plants thrive in our wetlands and it chokes out native species that provide food for native species.

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Invasive bugs and beetles ravenous and ready as spring arrives

After devastating losses of elm trees—and in anticipation of future losses of ash trees—Minneapolis Park Board staff has begun planting mixed groupings on city boulevards, including Kentucky coffee, maples, honey locust, and disease resistant elms. (Photo by Gail Olson)

The emerald ash borer has arrived in Northeast, Dutch elm disease never left, and the next fearsome pest on the horizon just might be the Asian longhorn beetle, big as the first joint on a human thumb, with antennae that measures two inches across. That beetle, by the way, isn’t so fussy about its diet and shows a fondness for many different types of trees.

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OPINION | Five threats to Minnesota waters

Even in frozen February, it is easy to see why Minnesota is so proud of our 11,842 lakes (yep, that is the actual number) and our 6,564 rivers and streams. Minnesotans from all walks of life enjoy our waters in a multitude of ways, bringing us together for decades.

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House, Senate pass omnibus environment, agriculture bill

Several controversial fee increases were removed during the conference committee process, but the omnibus environment, natural resources and agriculture finance and policy bill still received several hours of criticism on the House floor Saturday evening before being passed by a 71-60 vote. Passed 42-23 by the Senate about 90 minutes later, the bill now goes to the governor.

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