Storms like last fall's Hurricane Irene, which flooded Vermont, spread more than just water. Invasive plants, like Japanese knotweed, are carried by the raging waters, so they can take over new territory. This article from the AP presents the basic issue of plants and animals spread by floodwaters.
U.S. Supreme Court won't get involved in Asian carp fight
The invasive, aggressive Asian carp is moving towards the Great Lakes. Flooding events speed the process, but even under normal conditions, the fish are making progress. Many state governments, like Michigan, want to take preventive measures now to keep the fish out of the lakes, because it...
Keep locks open, find other ways to stop Asian carp
Although nearly everyone agrees that the Asian carp will cause serious damage to the great lakes ecosystems if they can invade the lakes, but not everyone agrees with how the threat should be managed. Many are resistant to the idea proposed by the many states to close the river locks. Closing...
The Asian Carp Danger
Asian Carp, with enormous appetites and rapid reproduction, could wreck havoc on the Great Lakes multi-billion dollar fishing industry if they can establish in the lakes. They initially escaped from fish farms during a flooding event on the Mississippi River, and now they are swimming up the...
Weeds: Preventing Hurricane Havoc
Fish are not the only danger spreading with floodwaters. In coastal states, hurricane flood waters can spread invasive aquatic plants to in-land to lakes, creeks, and canals. Worse, many fast-growing invasive plants can create real problems for the drainage systems build to handle a storm...
Eat an Invasive Today: Asian Carp
Have lemons, make lemonade, right? Some restaurants in Chicago are serving and promoting Asian carp as tasty new option. For consumers concerned about over-fishing and sustainability, eating the invasive carp could be seen as the ultimate eco-conscious dinner decision. Chefs say they are as...
How to Eat Japanese Knotweed
On the side of your grilled filet of Asian carp, perhaps you'll want to try some some invasive greens. This website offers directions for finding and preparing Japanese Knotweed.