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|The dasterdly Zebra Muscle|
|Written by The Niles Star|
|Thursday, 19 January 2006 11:07|
After reading my column several weeks ago on the environmental woes of the Great Lakes, several readers have asked what they can do or where money could be donated. I'm not aware of any specific Great Lakes conservation donation programs. I suspect that the restoration projects are so costly that anything meaningful is beyond the scope of donations.
The most important thing we individuals can do is to contact our State and Federal representatives urging them to support sound Great Lakes conservation legislation (such as treatment of ship ballast water) and funding, especially the estimated $21 billion requested by the Great Lakes Restoration Plan now in front of Congress.
At one Michigan power plant they stacked up 700,000 per square meter! They foul the engine cooling system of boats and build up on ship's hulls, slowing them down. They colonize in such mass they sink navigational buoys. They also enhance deterioration of wood, metal and even concrete, affecting structures such as piers, buildings, canal walls and ship locks.
Zebra muscles are native to the Black, Caspian and Azov Seas of Eastern Europe. When Europeans started building canals and expanding shipping during the 1700s, the zebra muscle rapidly spread throughout all of Europe. It was first discovered in the Great Lakes in 1988. It's believed that a single ship coming from the Black Sea discharged its zebra muscle infested ballast water in Lake St. Clair near Windsor, Canada. Monitoring stations were immediately established and shocked scientists stood by helplessly watching the zebra muscle spread throughout all the Great Lakes in just two years.
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