Efforts continue to control aquatic invasive species

If you’ve lived in lakes country for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard about aquatic invasive species–the small and oftentimes microscopic plants and animals that inhabit lakes throughout the country. In the midst of all the other signage you pass each day, you’ve undoubtedly seen the, “Stop aquatic hitchhikers!” billboards and may have noticed the warning signs posted at the entrance points to local lakes.

However, before you head out onto the water this spring and summer, grab a cold beverage and take a moment to refresh your knowledge of why those billboards and signs exist.

 Understanding aquatic invasive species — Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are, at their core, simply nonindigenous plants and animals that find their way into bodies of water. However, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), there’s much more to them than that.  Click on the sentence below to access the full story.

“Invasive species affect the ability to use motorized boats, to swim, to fish,” Koenig said. “Our county’s lakes are a tremendous asset that we’re trying to protect the best we can.”

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