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.
You had me at "zombie." How does one keep the issue of invasive species salient to the public? If you hype the issue too much, you risk alarming your auidence. If you downplay the issue, the public becomes lackadaisical. The goal is to find the sweet spot where you engage your audience and catalyze them to take action to prevent the spread of invasive species. Enter "zombie milfoil." Ontario have used the term to describe Eurasian Milfoil. Although present since 1961, calling Milfoil a "zombie plant" has catalyzed a new sense media interest and a sense of urgency in the public. Check the story out at the CBC here.
University of Montanta scientists at the Flathead Lake Bio Station have invented a new way to identify the presence of aquatic invasive species through environmental DNA. E-DNA identifies the presence of certain genetic markers from species, such as zebra mussels, through DNA that has been shed into the water. The scientists at Montana have figured out a way to do it cheaper and faster than previous systems. Thereby making it a realistic option for work in the field. Now that's some serious science. For more info, go here.