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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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Statewide Initiative to Curb Runoff Pollution - The Healthy Lakes Initiative, launched by the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership in November, will focus on curbing the "nonpoint source pollution" that comes from streets, parking lots and farms across the state. The pollution has been responsible for causing algae blooms and a general decline in water quality in Wisconsin lakes.


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