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The zebra mussel was first found in the Great Lakes in 1988. Since then it has spread to all of the Great Lakes.
The Zebra Mussel Story.
This site reviews the history of the zebra mussel invasion and its impact on North America.
Trophic Transfer of PCBs: Zebra Mussels and Round Gobies: Project Period: 10/1/98 - 9/30/00.
The project consists of a study of the transfer of PCBs from zebra mussels to higher trophic levels in each of three Great Lakes areas of concern. Trophic status of the round goby and smallmouth bass will be determined by a combination of stomach content and stable isotope analyses.
Activity: Mussel Builders, participants will construct their own zebra mussels out of paper bags.
This activity will increase the understanding of how the zebra mussel is capable of significantly affecting the food chain and the aquatic ecosystem and give the participants a greater appreciation for the natural habitat of Lake Erie and its ecosystem.
Videoconferencing Project: Zebra Mussels: Lessons Learned in the Great Lakes.
An Overview of Biology, Impacts, Prevention and Control of a Freshwater Invader. Four videotapes available on 1) zebra mussel biology and relationships to the ecosystem (10 min.); 2) spread and impact on inland surface waters (10 min.); 3) prevention and control practices (10 min.); 4) Lessons Learned in the Great Lakes: technical and educational resources available (15 min.).
Four videos available to view using RealPlayer on: Outreach tools, Control, Biology, and Spread and Impact.
This 30 minute TV special takes a look at the threats these aquatic nuisance species pose, and how scientists, the public, and policy makers are working to prevent the spread of these potentially devastating invaders. May be viewed using Windows MediaPlayer.
National Science Foundation.
This overview of the zebra mussel invasion contains a brief video clip entitled "Zebra Busters" which may be viewed using QuickTime.
Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site.
Number of articles = 775.
River Invaders: The Scourge Of Zebra Mussels.
Small, remarkable creatures... far more sophisticated than one can imagine, and perhaps the most threatening of all exotic species that have invaded North American waters. Their numbers are phenomenal... their spread is rapid... and in their wake is a trail of death & destruction.
Corp of Engineers: Reports Published by the Zebra Mussels Research Program.
Zebra Mussel Research Program.
The Zebra Mussel Research Program (ZMRP) was authorized by the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, Public Law 101-646, and is the only federally authorized research program for the development of technology to control zebra mussels.
Academy 2000 - Invasive Nonnative Species.
It is increasingly important that watershed managers become aware of invasive exotic species in their watersheds, in both the aquatic and terrestrial environments. Several Web sites with exotic species information can be useful.
Great Lakes Report to Congress: Chapter 5 - Feb 94.
This chapter presents FY 1989, 1990, and 1991 accomplishments pertaining to the Great Lakes, as reported by five Federal agencies.
EPA Region 1 - Press Release.
In recognition of the increasing importance of the Internet as a global communications tool, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's New England office today released the 1997 State of the New England Environment Report.
This Sea Grant Nonindigenous Species Site (SGNIS) is a project of the National Sea Grant College Program, produced by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. It is a national information center that contains a comprehensive collection of research publications and education materials produced by Sea Grant programs and other research institutions across the country on zebra mussels and other aquatic nuisance species. All materials available through this home page have either appeared in professional science journals or have undergone a rigorous scientific review to ensure the quality of the information provided.
Number articles = 713.
The GBA and GBA Foundation are pleased to present a complete report on "Zebra Mussel Biofouling Control In Cottage and Other Small Volume Water Systems." This comprehensive research report evaluates six products used to control zebra mussels in cottage water intakes.
Frequently asked questions about the zebra mussel. The author and his daughter, a student at Berkley High School, Michigan, do this interview together. The author's daughter recently wrote a school report on zebra mussels.
Basic information on the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha).
Zebra Mussel Abstract. Zebra Mussel and Aquatic Nuisance Species.
Reviews the nature, transport, control, and regulation of numerous nonindigenous nuisance species, describes their ecology, effects, and environmental impacts in various freshwater habitats, conveys research results and some economic evaluation of methods to control the spread of these nuisance species, especially in cooling and service water systems, and addresses technology transfer, education, and outreach as well as sociological and related issues. Methods, concepts, and background information are also provided to prevent the future introduction of nuisance species into aquatic ecosystems as well as limiting their spread and economic impact.
The main objectives of this Mini-teach are to show the proliferation of zebra mussels and their effects on local bodies of water.