Monthly archive for July 2011

U.S. Army helps Save the Maumee!

July 16th 2011– United States National Guard helped Save the Maumee River! Lead by Staff Sergeant Grimm and Sergeant Michele Berkes-Adams along with a medic and 20 recruits removed large items in the Maumee River in Riverhaven, (a three mile stretch between Fort Wayne and New Haven). – The U.S. Army works on “green drills” several times a year and had chosen to help Save Maumee!  Items removed include a teddy bear, 10 tires and assorted car parts, steel drums, a sump pump, 2 children pools. Hats off to the men and women who keep us safe through cleaning up the large items that nobody else can remove without being put in harms way! Canoes were provided by Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot and Earth Adventures; two competitors working together to improve our rivers.   Here are two seperate stories from the Journal Gazette! Troops attack Maumee trash Published: July 17, 2011 3:00 a.m. Patrick Svitek | The Journal Gazette Fort Wayne– Ten tires, two kiddie pools, a sump pump, a microwave and a doll head were among items collected by Staff Sgt. David Grimm’s Indiana Army National Guard team Saturday afternoon in the Maumee River. As part of the National Guard’s nationwide

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Botulism Report of Dead Birds still relevent

From the Emmet County Lakeshore Association Fall 2010 Newsletter: During the fall of 2007 there was an estimated 8,000 – 10,000 water birds that were believed to have died from botulism poisoning along the northern Lake Michigan shoreline.  These water birds included loons, gulls, and all ducks, local and migratory in Lake Michigan.   There is the chain of events leading up to the botulism toxin poisoning of sea birds: 1) Botulism is naturally occurring on the lake bottom. 2) Mats of Cladophora algae (the same algae that is thick along the Lake Michigan beach) are believed to be caused by clearer water, caused by the invasive zebra and quagga mussels’ filtration of plankton from the water and from the mussels’ excretions causing the fertilization of the algae.  These mats create an anaerobic condition on the lake floor which causes the botulism to produce a toxin. 3) The toxin is ingested by the mussels. 4) The invasive mussels are then eaten by the invasive round goby fish. 5) The dead round goby fish float to the surface and are eaten by sea birds. 6) The toxin causes a paralysis and the birds die from drowning or exposure. This past Summer

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