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Mississippi River water hyacinth, water lettuce and parrot feather, oh my!
In recent years, three invasive species of aquatic plants have been found in Pool 5 of the Mississippi River near Buffalo City, WI. These three species – water hyacinth, water lettuce, and parrot feather– are plants often found in the water garden and aquaculture trade.

Water hyacinth and water lettuce were first found in 2011 in Pool 5; in 2012 parrot feather was found in an isolated bay of Pool 5. Thousands of water lettuce and water hyacinth plants were found in Pool 5 in 2011 and by 2012 the populations exploded into the tens of thousands.


 
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7,400 Pounds of Phosphorus Removed From Lakes - About 7,400 pounds of weed-feeding phosphorus was diverted from reaching our waterways last year, according to the 2014 State of the Lakes annual report, released this week. That’s significant, because every pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pounds of lake algae.


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