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Otter Tail Focuses More on Stopping Starry Stonewort
When people hear the term Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), what comes to mind for most people is Zebra Mussels.

A more serious problem, note members of the Otter Tail County AIS Task Force, is the spread of Starry Stonewort into area lakes and rivers.

Starry Stonewort can be distinguished from other grass-like algae by the presence of star-shaped bulbils, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This invasive species can produce dense mats at the water's surface.

In some lakes, treatment with herbicides can suppress Starry Stonewort. Mechanical removal usinge a weed harvester can also be effective.




 
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Weed Clearing in Burma - Inle Lake, a freshwater lake in the Nyaungshwe Township of Taunggyi District of Shan State is the second largest lake in Myanmar. It has an estimated surface area of 44.9 square miles. Photographer Gavin Burnett caught an image of two girls collecting weeds and debris from the shallow waters on Inle Lake. The weeds are used as compost on floating vegetable farms that are built on island of floating water hyacinths.


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