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Volunteers Scour Minnesota Lakes for Starry Stonewort
In an effort to curb the spread of starry stonewort, Minnesota’s newest aquatic invasive species, scientists at the University of Minnesota and two partner organizations put out the call to citizen volunteers who want to help save the state’s lakes — or at least learn more about icky weeds.

Like tenacious Eurasian milfoil, starry stonewort grows into dense mats that can shroud shallow waters, choke out native plants and create a wall between fish and their spawning grounds. Named for the tiny star-shaped bulbils on its root system, it was first detected in Minnesota in 2015. It has spread to nine area lakes in the last two years alone.

 
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Dredging Project Stirs Up Old Complaints - Lake Placid, a 27,600-acre lake in Florida used to have a sand bottom and plenty of fish. Now, the spraying of invasive plants has deposited sediment from the vegetation after they decompose, creating a layer of silt that is almost 2 feet deep in some places. The silt stirs up in the water when boats pass, releasing a bad odor, making the water murky, and clogging boat engines.


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