CD3, General Benefit Corporation was recently awarded "Outstanding Private Sector Achievement in Protecting the Economy and Environment from Invasive Species" in Washington, D.C. by the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC).
Aquatic invasive species and blue green algae blooms can affect each other. Blue green algae are not actually algae, but bacteria that create toxins which pose threats to humans and pets. Zebra mussels have been shown to increase the risk of blue green algae blooms. Read about an article in the Pioneer Press here. In fact, I saw blue green algae on Lake Mille Lacs for the first time over the 4th of July.
In addition, treating blue green algae can result in the possibility of making an environment easier for aquatic invasvie plants to colonize. You can read more here. Prevention is always easier and less costly. Please always clean, drain, dry, and dispose of bait.
Funded by an increase in boat registration, the Minnesota DNR will be resuming its Aquatic Invasive Species Grant Program. You may find out more about the grant at the MNDNR website here. You can also read more about the grant at a great article in the Star Tribune. If you'd like to apply for the grant to purchase a CD3 System, please contact us here.
Spiny waterflea are a aquatic invasive zooplankton (the small animals that float around in the water). The problem with spiny waterflea is, while typical zooplankton are an important part of the food chain, they are not typically predated upon...because you know, it's so spiny. Imagine for a moment if you were an eagle. Instead of all the soft rabbits in the forest you can eat, you only have porcupines- every day porcupines. Not cool. Definitely not cool. So why do we care? Research updates from Dr. Gretchen Hansen at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Invasive Research Center (MAISRC) showed that,
"Initial results are showing slower growth of walleye in their first year of life in lakes invaded by zebra mussels and spiny waterflea."
What can boaters do? Clean, drain, dry, and dispose of bait. It's just that simple. Research from the University of Minnesota Duluth showed, after six hours of being dry (no bleach, no hot water, just air), 100% spiny waterflea eggs die. The study focused on the life stage of spiny water flea called the "resting egg" which is generally considered to be more difficult to kill than the adults. Further research conducted by (MAISRC) showed that CD3 Systems are extremely effective at removing water and dry = dead spiny waterflea. You can download the full research report on CD3 water removal here.
Scrub the deck and make it look...not spiny (sung to the tune of Moana "Shiny"). Try not getting that tune out of your heads today parents.
The invasive species curve shows that for every dollar spent on prevention, there is an economic multiplier of 100. This economic multiplier stems from cost savings due to the huge negative economic impact post invasion. These economic impacts can be seen in the form of water quality, infrastructure, loss of recreation, fisheries decline, etc. Watch the great video below from The Biosecurity Council of Western Australia to learn more.
We get the question all the time, "Why should we clean, drain, and dry our boats? Don't waterfowl spread invasive species?" No they do not. Here's a great article that elaborates. Please clean, drain, and dry your boats and trailers.
The Canadian Council on Invasive Species conducted a survey to determine why boaters do not always clean, drain, and dry their boats. They, found that, “When asked what might prevent people from performing the “Clean” actions, people most often said lack of availability of equipment and a place to do it.” For more information on the survey and its results please go here.
The Minnesota Cup announced CD3 the WINNR for their Energy/Clean Tech/Water Division. The Minnesota Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country. It is a startup competition and hub to connect Minnesota’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. It aims to create jobs and grow our state’s innovation footprint. For more information on the MN Cup go here.