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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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Be on the Lookout for Water Soldier - Water soldier, an invasive plant from Eurasia, is causing harm to native vegetation and restricting boating and swimming opportunities along the waterway. The Trent-Severn Waterway population of water soldier is the only known wild population in all of North America and was first discovered in the waterway near the Hamlet of Trent River in 2008.


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