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Preventing Elodea Infestations in Alaska
State agencies are working together this summer on efforts to control the spread of Elodea, an invasive aquatic plant that is threatening fish habitat and recreational activities in lakes.

As part of these efforts, agencies are encouraging the general public to report Elodea sightings, get involved in eradication efforts and prevent the inadvertent spread of Elodea from their aquariums, boats and floatplanes.

Elodea has only been documented in 15 Alaska water bodies to date, but its foothold in floatplane lakes such as Sand Lake in Anchorage – three miles from Lake Hood, the state’s busiest floatplane base – makes it only one step away from invading any number of additional waters across the state.

 
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