A deceptively fragile and invasive weed threatening the ecosystems of lakes and ponds. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
The Eurasian watermilfoil is a herbaceous aquatic plant, known to form dense mats on the surface of water bodies, such as lakes and ponds. It grows and spread quickly, killing off native aquatic plants that fish and other underwater species rely on for food and shelter. The plant not only threatens the diversity and abundance of native plants, but the ecological balance of lakes and ponds, which in turn adversely affects recreational opportunities.
Eurasian watermilfoil attaches to boat hulls or gets caught in propellers, fishing gear or swim rafts. If left unattended, invasive watermilfoil will spread throughout a lake, or to other lakes.
Eurasian watermilfoil can be managed with herbicide treatment mechanical removal of plants and requires a permit.
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Rapid Response Kit: Eurasian Water Milfoil
Video by WILDLIFEFOREVER
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