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Invaders From Another Ecosystem

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Spraying herbicides on invasive Spartina grass.  Source: San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

Spraying herbicides on invasive Spartina grass. Source: San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

Invasive species cost hundreds of billions of dollars a year in the United States. They get cleaned off clogged pipes, cleared out of choked rivers, and scoured from fouled boats. Aggressive measures against invasive species can prove an unpleasant option. It can mean draining and poisoning a lake, digging up a fragile meadow or, in the San Francisco Bay, spraying herbicide on thousands of acres of marshland. How do scientists make this choice?

On this edition, U.C. Berkeley Journalism student producer Eric Simons takes a closer look at the control of one of San Francisco Bay’s invaders from another ecosystem. We visit wetlands around the San Francisco Bay, where scientists are waging a scorched-marsh campaign against a devastating kind of East Coast grass.

This show has been a special collaboration between National Radio Project and the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Thanks to student producer, Eric Simmons who wrote and edited this show under the guidance of independent media producer and U.C. Berkeley journalism lecturer, Claire Schoen.

Featuring:

Erik Grijalva, Field Operations Manager at the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project; Peggy Olofson, Director of the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project; Sejal Choksi, Baykeeper & Program Director at San Francisco Baykeeper; Andrew Cohen, Director of the Bioinvasions Program, San Francisco Estuary Institute; Joy Albertson, Biologist at the US Fish & Wildlife San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge; Jay Kasheta, Contractor for Clean Lakes, Inc.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Eric Simons
Associate Producer: Puck Lo
Interns: Samson Reiny and Elena Botkin-Levy

For more information:

San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project -Berkeley, CA

San Francisco Baykeeper – San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Estuary Institute – Oakland, CA

US Fish & Wildlife San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge – Newark, CA

City of Mountain View
Marsh trail information: 650-903-6392

Music:

Marimba concertos
Composers: Ney Rosauro, Paul Creston
Performed by Lisa Tolentino
www.rhythmcreature.com

Author: Radio Project

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