Michigan Tech Research Institute maps spread of reed in Great Lakes basin

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Michigan Tech News, Sept. 2, 2010:

Until now, no one has done a comprehensive map showing where Phragmites australis is established and where it is spreading in the Great Lakes basins. The Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI), based in Ann Arbor, Mich., has taken on that job. To do the work, the institute has received a $580,000 federal grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $475 million Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

MTRI’s goal is to map the likely extent of Phragmites in each Great Lakes coastal basin—the land occupied by a lake, its shoreline, and the areas near shore that drain into the lake—by 2011.

Read more here.

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