REAL PROBLEM: During the last 10 years the Great Lakes Basin and the surrounding freshwater areas have been inundated by the introduced specie, the zebra mussel! Millions of these mussels have crowded out native species, cleared the water column and posed a danger to the water system. NOW they have become the hunted! A new introduced mussel called the quagga is the invader.
REAL CHALLENGE: Imagine you and your team of investigative reporters are challenged to determine who ecologically wins, the zebra mussel or the quagga mussel and to tell the story to others. To do this you and your team must mount an investigation using video, digital images and your knowledge of science to search the Milwaukee River, the River Basin, and Lake Michigan to locate those dreaded invaders, and identify the abiotic and biotic factors that support them. You must put your scientific knowledge and journalistic skills together to identify what these mussels need to live on Lake Michigan and then track them down.