What a busy week for the APMS! We had a wonderful meeting over the past several days. A meeting centered on research, extension, and industry, all focused on some aspect of the aquatic plant world. Many of us have been in the “business” for years. No matter who (research, industry, or education/outreach), what (aquatic management, biology, mapping, etc), or where (hydrilla in the southeast, EWM in the north, flowering rush in the west), its sometimes good to ask the WHY….
So, this week’s blog posting focuses on the “WHY” of aquatic plant management. Why is what we do important? So important that we hold annual meetings, workshops, symposiums, etc? Few capture the why, atleast from a management standpoint, better than the recent white paper “Benefits of Controlling Nuisance Aquatic Plants and Algae in the United States” from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
Kurt Getsinger, Eric Dibble, John Rodgers, and David Spencer give us a look at the why in aquatic plant management. The group focuses on aquatic weed problems and how water bodies are degraded by nuisance plant infestations. Their points cover impacts to fish and wildlife habitat, human health and safety, drinking water supplies, food production and more. Pointed out as being the most important aspect of aquatic plant management, the group sheds light on the cost-effective benefits provided by proactive and environmentally sound management strategies as well as the need for long term funding to prevent further spread of various troublesome weeds.
For those pondering the “why” in aquatic plant management, we strongly recommend having a look at this paper. The “why” can certainly be an interesting part of our science, but more important is ensuring the use of our nations water resources through the understanding of that “why” by those outside of the science.
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