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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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Boaters Work to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species - Eighty-seven percent of boaters and anglers said they remove plants from their boat before leaving the land in 2010 compared to 76 percent in 2009. Adopting this practice is important because boat traffic between lakes is the primary way that aquatic invasive plants such as Eurasian Water Milfoil and Curly-Leaf Pondweed spread to new, uninfected lakes.


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