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A Resource Guide to Invasive Aquatic Plants and Non-Toxic Treatment Options
Control of invasive aquatic plants is most common via waterborne pesticides of herbicides. In Massachusetts alone approximately 230 water bodies are commercially treated with herbicides each year in an attempt to reduce or control invasive plants or other aquatic weeds. We now know that these toxic chemicals can be linked to a wide range of public health and environmental concerns. They can be dangerous to other plants, animals, and most importantly human health. Potentially more troubling is the vast amount that we still do not know about pesticides and their impact on people-especially children-and our environment.

This resource guide provides a basic explanation of the aquatic invasive plant problem currently facing many lakes and ponds across the United States. Included are eight profiles of invasive aquatic plants commonly found in the Northeastern United States. This guide also provides information about the environmental and human health risks connected with the chemical treatment of invasive plants. Included is information on the six chemicals that service as the main active ingredients in aquatic herbicides; 2,4-D, Copper Sulfate, Diquat Bromide, Endothall, Fluridone, Glyphosate.

Pesticides are found in the air we breathe, on the food we eat, along the roads we travel, and in the lakes where we swim. The modern pesticide industry began after World War II, when companies that produced chemical and biological weapons for the military needed a new market for their products.

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