Information, free boat-wash provided to fight invasive species

The names sound harmless enough: parrot feather, yellow floating heart, water lettuce and water soldier.
But they represent a sample of the many types of aquatic plant life that threaten lakes in Michigan and North America.

A team of students from Michigan State University Extension did its part Wednesday to educate boaters and help prevent the spread of the invasive species. The threesome set up a stand that included a table containing extensive literature detailing invasive water plants, fish and crustaceans.  They also had portable wash and offered to hose-down boats before and after they were put in or taken from the lake, at no cost. With a bass tournament taking place later in the day, the students — Nick Young, Quinton Merrill and Clarissa Christ — were on their feet a good share of the day. Their presence Wednesday came at the request of the Klinger Lake Association.  Click on the following two sentences to access the full story.

“Our goal is to talk to as many people as we can … most anglers are aware of the problem of invasive plants and fish because they are some of the people who know firsthand the problems associated with non-native species,” Young said. “Fishermen have just as much of an interest in protecting the waters as everyone else.“

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