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Causes, Consequences, and Management of Nuisance Cladophora

The filamentous alga, Cladophora sp., has recently increased in   abundance on the western shores of Lake Michigan to the point where   it has again become a nuisance to beach goers and lakeshore   dwellers, a hazard at water intakes, and a potential health threat.   Our work will address the hypothesis that the resurgence of   Cladophora is the result of the alteration of nearshore nutrient   cycles by zebra and quagga mussels. This will be done by combining   nearshore ecosystem monitoring with in situ experiments. In   addition, we will examine the ecological consequences of excessive   Cladophora production on the nearshore food web, and develop a   computer model that will allow managers to test the efficacy of   various management options.    (algae); (algal bloom); (algal blooms); (Lake Michigan);   (Cladophora); (zebra mussel); (zebra mussels); (quagga mussel);   (quagga mussels); (Dreissena polymorpha); (Dreissenids);   (Dreissenid); (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis); (AIS); (aquatic   invasive species); (ANS); (aquatic nuisance species)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Community
Ecosystem
Organism
Physical/Chemical
Impact of Pollutants
Exotic Species
Nutrients, Including Phosphorus
Processes
Natural Ecological Processes
Land Use and Habitat
Shoreline
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Michigan
State Province
Michigan
Wisconsin
Purpose of Project
Loadings Determination
Frequency
Monthly
Number of Sampling Entities
1
Data Availability
Digital
Region Being Monitored
Benthos
Near and OpenShore Waters
Tributary Mouth
Resource Being Monitored
Plankton / Microorganisms
Societal/Surface Water
Beneficial Use Impairment Assessments
Beach Closings
Degradation of Aesthetics
Degradation of Benthos
Degradation of Phytoplankton or Zooplankton Populations
Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae
Biology And Life History
Physiology and Behavior
Ecosystem Effects
Nutrient / Contaminant Cycles
Annex Numbers
Research & Development
Annex 17
Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Impact of water quality and AIS on fish and wildlife populations and habitats

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