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Uncertain Environmental Consequences of Herbicide Use
Hydrilla's roots run deep in Florida.

After a Gulf Coast aquarium dealer had the plant shipped from Sri Lanka in the early 1950s, the stringy nuisance has cost government agencies countless millions. Hydrilla grows up to two inches a day, clogging lakes, rivers and canals that flow to the Melbourne-Tillman (C-1) canal in Palm Bay. That, in turn, raises flood risks.

So Florida water managers spray upward of $15 million worth of herbicides annually to keep the invasive plant in check on public lands — with uncertain environmental consequences.


 
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Herbicide Treatments Worsening Lake Quality - Indiana Deparment of Natural Resources (DNR) is scaling back herbicide treaments on Lake Webster after complaints from anglers that the chemicals are worsening the water clarity, sparking growth of algae, and reducing stands of native plants that provide habitat for fish.


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