Invasive Issues

Invasive species are popping up all over North America, leaving lawmakers desperate to find solutions to this ever-increasing problem.

In Eastern Canada the emerald ash border beetle, native to Asia, has been wreaking havoc on ash trees and the economy since the 1990’s. The beetle feeds on tree tissue and according to PR USA Canadian and American scientists alike declare that the ash border beetle cannot be eradicated.

Ash treesThis declaration has not stopped the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), however. The agency recently responded to new detections of beetle damage by invoking a ministerial order that will empower it to be in control of ash tree and firewood movement across the provinces. As the beetle is spread by movement of wood materials, concrete regulation (which spans Ontario & Quebec) is vital.

Meanwhile in North Texas, the zebra mussel is taking its toll on Lake Texoma. The mussel which attaches itself to water facilities and pipes is responsible for huge maintenance and operating costs in the state, according to NBC/DFW News. Currently, the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has laid out water conservation plans to fight the invasive species. These plans involve the cessation of pumping raw water supplies from Lake Texoma, which makes up 22.5% of the water supply in the district.

Invasive species have immediate negative effects on ecosystems and our quality of life. Taking action and respecting regulations is an immediate step all responsible citizens should take.

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