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Shallow Lakes Plant Management is a Tough Balancing Act
Aquatic ecologists tend to avoid the term “weeds” when referring to macrophytes – the rooted aquatic plants that many swimmers and boaters disdain. These plants provide food for waterfowl and habitat for fish, but they can also play a critical role in maintaining water clarity.

This is especially true in shallow lakes and ponds. ecosystems can sometimes have more than one stable equilibrium point. Many lakes and ponds have two stable states: weedy and clear or devoid of weeds and muddy. This leaves riparian landowners and lake managers with a choice between two undesirable endpoints when nutrient levels are intermediate

 
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Minnesota aquatic invasive species control - Minnesota DNR is stepping up efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Armed with tougher laws and more costly penalties for violators, the DNR will staff portable “stop-and-inspect” stations as well as portable “decontamination” boat washers to spray down watercraft and trailers thought to be carrying invasive species such as zebra mussels, Asian carp, round gobies, spiny water fleas, and Eurasian watermilfoil.


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