Invasive species may be linked to canal

October 27, 2008 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Experts from Vermont and New York are to meet next week to talk about whether the Champlain Canal plays a role bringing invasive species to Lake Champlain.

Experts say the movement of water and boats through the canal that links Lake Champlain with the Hudson River is a likely path by which some invasive species have reached the lake.

Biologists say there are nearly 50 invasive species in Lake Champlain, including zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil.

But 184 invasive species have been recorded in the Great Lakes, 87 in the St. Lawrence River and 91 in the Hudson River.

The Nov. 6 meeting in Fort Edward, N.Y., is sponsored by the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the New York State Champlain Canal Corp.
Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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