For Cornell biologist John P. Berry, knowing the punch line to the joke, "Where does an 800-pound gorilla eat?" is not enough. Certainly, the mountain gorillas he studies in Uganda's Bwindi impenetrable forest eat wherever they want. Whatever, too.
Scientists and engineers have waged a long war on the Eurasian watermilfoil, a non-indigenous water weed that diminishes swimming, boating and the environment. Using standard mechanical means of harvesting the milfoil, winning the war looked bleak, but environmentally friendly biological control may be the answer.
Walter R. Lynn, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Cornell, has been named director of the university's Center for the Environment. A specialist in water-resources planning and a Senior Fellow in the center, Lynn follows James P. Lassoie, director of CfE since 1993.
Researchers for Cornell's Lake Source Cooling project will be collecting information about the proposed land and lake routes over the next 10 days. The data collection is part of the scope of the environmental impact statement and permit applications required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.