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UV Lights Used to Zap Lake Tahoe's Invasive Plants
Lake Tahoe's famously clear blue water is under attack from a common household plant – Eurasian watermilfoil and curlyleaf pondweed, two plants found in many household fish tanks. 

After years of ineffectively battling the plants — which provide breeding grounds for invasive fish including what have morphed into extremely over-sized goldfish — preservation groups, scientists and inventors are partnering on a pilot program using UV lights to zap the troublesome plants.

“The principal idea is, if you can control the plants, you can control the fish,” said Sudeep Chandra, director of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Global Water Center. 

 
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