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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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