Invasive Plants

One of the most troublesome lake pollution effects is the introduction of non-native plants which invade the lake, choking off natural plants and eventually creating large mats of floating plant life which interfere with recreation and dramatically lower overall water quality. The Washington lakes are presently clear of invasive plants and we want to keep it that way. This means making sure that there is no foreign plant material on boats when lanched into our lakes. Please clean all boats and trailers, and dispose of any plant material well away from the lake before launching. It’s a simple task but one that if not followed can result in costly and often inadequate remediation efforts later to rid the lake of invasive species.

To find out more about invasive aquatic plants, contact the Cente for Invasive Aquatic Plants (CIAC) at Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (http://www.mainevolunteerlakemonitors.org).