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Invasive Species

I'll work for pragmatic Great Lakes solutions

One of my priorities in the U.S. Senate is protecting the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basin from the spread of invasive species like Asian carp.

May 07, 2014 5:36 pm

Valpo board balks at detention basin proposal

VALPARAISO | Having detention basins that are more than simple holes in the ground means the city has to do more to maintain them so they don't become unsightly.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am
Environmentalists fighting invasive species

Environmentalists fighting invasive species

While not everyone agrees on which method is best, elected officials and federal agencies are working now more than ever to find solutions to the Asian carp invasion.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Harvesting invasive species could limit their spread

I do not condone “cultivation” of invasive species. The mission is to reduce the invasiveness of these organisms, not to propagate them. Integrity will be an essential component of this business, and all raw materials will be strictly verified.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am

Workshop teaches how to identify invasive tree pests

VALPARAISO | To help prevent the Asian longhorn beetle from doing the kind of damage communities are now dealing with from the emerald ash borer, a two-hour workshop on the invasive pests will be held Monday for the public.

July 14, 2013 12:00 am

Summit aims to help land managers control invasive plants

GARY | Local land managers agree it is important to control invasive plant species, but say it is getting increasingly difficult to find the funds to make that happen.

February 27, 2013 8:00 pm

Restoration project helps Valpo park go native

VALPARAISO | Rogers Lakewood Park might qualify for a guest shot on one of those "ultimate makeover" reality shows as the parks staff tries to convert it from that carefree look to something more native.

January 27, 2013 5:45 pm
Sale of varieties of aquatic plants banned

Sale of varieties of aquatic plants banned

When most people see aquatic plants like flowering rush, yellow flag iris and parrot feather, they see beautiful plants that enhance the beauty of ponds.

September 12, 2012 6:00 pm Photos

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Report: Asian carp could reach all five Great Lakes

Report: Asian carp could reach all five Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. | Asian carp could find enough food and breeding areas to become established in Lake Michigan and the other four Great Lakes within 20 years if allowed to gain a foothold, according to a new  scientific report.

July 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Volunteers Josh Boothe, left, and Cody Meulemans dig out invasive plants Wednesday from the side of Vale Park Road.

April 25, 2012 11:40 am
Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Volunteer Tony Schultz, of Valparaiso, pulls invasive plants along Vale Park Road on Wednesday while volunteering during the city's annual control effort.

April 25, 2012 11:40 am
Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso firefighter Don Yokovich throws invasive plants pulled from the side of Vale Park Road into the trash Wednesday during the city's annual control effort. Parks Department horticulturist Steve Martinson said the worst species is the Asian bush honeysuckle. "If we didn't stop this pl…

April 25, 2012 11:40 am
Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso Parks Department worker Ben Ringling uses a tractor to put invasive plants pulled Wednesday from the side of Vale Park Road. The city closed the road from 9 to 11 a.m. for the annual vegetation control effort.

April 25, 2012 11:40 am
Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Valparaiso pushes back against invasive plants

Volunteer Bill Schoech, left, of Valparaiso, and Valparaiso Parks Department worker Ben Ringling push invasive plant species into a truck Wednesday after picking them from the side of Vale Park Road.

April 25, 2012 11:40 am

VLACD gets grant to study lakes vegetation

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Lakes Area Conservancy District received an $18,400 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to help fight invasive plants in several area lakes.

April 20, 2012 12:00 am

Valparaiso seeks volunteers for Vale Park Road cleanup

VALPARAISO | It takes a lot of work to maintain the natural beauty of Vale Park Road between Valparaiso Street and Campbell Street, and the city is looking for volunteers to help keep the road looking good.

March 27, 2012 12:11 pm

Industry, environmental groups spar on ballast water rules

The Great Lakes shipping industry says it is pleased with a New York state environmental agency's decision to delay rules requiring vessel operators to meet the "most stringent" ballast water treatment in North America.

February 24, 2012 10:45 am
Carp solutions rankle region residents

Carp solutions rankle region residents

HAMMOND | Finding a cost-effective way to separate the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds to combat invasive species may be a Herculean task.

October 20, 2011 9:30 pm Photos

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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Governors are fighting controls on new invasive species

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Governors are fighting controls on new invasive species

I'm not sure how to explain why three Great Lakes governors are actually arguing against tough controls on new invasive species. But that is just what happened in September.

October 09, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL: Let feds, not states, set shipping rules

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should refrain from establishing shipping rules that are more stringent than the federal government requires.

September 26, 2011 12:00 am
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