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State considers controversial cure for polluted Lake Apopka: Let hydrilla spread

The sickly Lake Apopka has been healing at a snail’s pace despite undergoing some of the more costly environmental rehabilitations in Florida history.

So a state agency is thinking about speeding up the process by encouraging an aggressive, aquatic weed — hydrilla — to take root in the lake.

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Water weed discovery at Capel

A COUPLE of motorbike frogs have led to the discovery of one of Australia’s worst water weeds at Stratham in the Shire of Capel in the South West.

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Caddo Lake Gets Help Fighting Giant Salvinia

Caddo Lake Initiative is getting a $100,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife’s Pulling Together Initiative to help fight the invasive weed known as Giant Salvinia.

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$8m war on weeds

Maitland will benefit from an $8 million warpath designed to control noxious weeds and protect the environment.

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MMDA wages war on water hyacinths

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has started using a locally developed “water hyacinth harvester” to speed up the removal of the fast-growing aquatic plant, a river-choking nuisance partly blamed for flooding in the metropolis.

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Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Water Watch – Volume 1 Issue 2 (Fall 2011)

Information from the Fall 2011 meeting of the Gulf & South Atlantic Regional Panel (GSARP) on Aquatic Invasive Species.

Highlights include

  • AVM Threat Linked to Invasive Aquatic Plants
  • Why People Release their Pets into the Environment
  • Zebra Mussels in North Texas

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Hydrilla gains hold in Buggs Island Lake

Steve Hoyle, an aquatic weed specialist with N.C. State University who spoke at the Clarksville Lake Issues Committee symposium Thursday, confirmed that the invasive weed hydrilla has established itself in Kerr Reservoir/Buggs Island Lake.

“We don’t know what’s in Kerr. That’s a big question mark,” he said.

He said a rough survey of the North Carolina portion of the lake last fall provided the first documentation. 

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PRVWSD Spraying For Hydrilla

Herbicide Applications to be conducted at the Ross Barnett Reservoir

On September 28 and 29, 2011, herbicide treatments for control of hydrilla will be performed at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

The treatment will include liquid application of herbicides Reward and Komeen, which are approved by the EPA for aquatic use. The use of these herbicides at the prescribed rate for hydrilla control does little or no damage to the native vegetation species present in the treatment areas.

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Legislature Approves Funds to Eradicate Hydrilla

Meeting in special session, the Legislature approved an emergency appropriation of $26,100 in contingency funds to enable chemical treatment to eradicate the invasive plant species Hydrilla from the Cayuga Inlet.  The vote was a unanimous 11-0, with Legislators Kathy Luz Herrera, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Frank Proto, and Brian Robison excused.  

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Hydrilla Discovered In Davis Stream

The invasive aquatic plant hydrilla was found recently in Davis Stream in Jefferson. The infestation is the second instance of the plant in the Damariscotta Lake watershed.

In addition to removal efforts already underway in the stream, officials from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are pursuing restrictions on surface activity beginning about 200 feet upstream of the Jefferson Market.

For now, all boaters are strongly encouraged to stay out of the stream.  

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