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War on Invasive Species Really Worth Fighting?
The country is at war — with plants. And fish. And bugs.

Non-native species are being targeted in backyards, big lakes and national parks. Some of the removal plans make sense, experts say, but things have also gotten out of hand. Massive amounts of money are being poured into efforts that may not be effective or even necessary.

"We've declared war on invasive species," Mark Davis, a professor of Terrestrial Ecology and Animal Behavior at Macalester said. "And usually when the U.S. declares war on something, the only thing that's guaranteed is spending a lot of money."


 
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Curly Leaf Pond Weed Could Cause Problems on Iowa Great Lakes - The presence of curly leaf pond weed and other aquatic plants is an indicator of excellent water quality in the lakes. According to Hawkins, water quality in most of the Iowa Great Lakes is the best it has been in the past couple of decades, based on monitoring. The weed can be mechanically removed, along with other vegetation from around docks and boat hoists.


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