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Maine Lakes overtaken by Invasive Plants
2,500 volunteers will take to Maine waters to look for invasive aquatic plants; including milfoil. Right now 33 of Maine’s 6,000 or so lakes are known to be infested. It is less than 1%, but if measures aren’t taken to prevent the spread now, it could become a 3.5 billion dollar problem.

Infestations are destructive economically; it poorly affects property values, tax structures, as well as tourism and recreation. Last year, ramp side boat inspectors inspected 73,000 boats at more than 150 boat launches. They found about 2,400 plants, with about 240 of them being invasive.



 
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Invasive Aquatic Weed, Starry Stonewort, Creeps Across US - Scientists don’t know a lot yet about starry stonewort, but they’re hurrying to find out more. The plant, which forms dense surface mats in lakes, first turned up in North America in 1978 in the St. Lawrence River in New York state. Researchers think it probably arrived in ballast water from ships entering the Great Lakes.


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