On the Radio: Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species

Zebra mussels attached to a boat. Photo by pixelsrzen.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode advises Iowans to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Summertime means an increase in water recreation, but don’t let it also mean an increase in Iowa’s aquatic invasive species.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Invasive species can attach to aquatic equipment, and if not removed they can then spread to other bodies of water. Zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil are two invasive species that pose this risk in Iowa.

Both the mussels and the watermilfoil compete with native species, hurting their populations and damaging the natural ecosystem. The mussels also reproduce rapidly, making them difficult to contain.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources asks water recreationists to clean, drain and dry all of their water equipment to reduce the chance of spreading these invasive species.

For more information on this issue, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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