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. Click on the following sentence to access the full story.
“Invasive animals, then–like the zebra mussel or spiny waterflea–can affect the plankton populations in lakes, lead to changes in water quality, impact the lake food chains or lead to increased plant growth. So, they can also affect recreational use of lakes.”