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Aquatic Plant Research > Understanding Aquatic Plants

Aquatic Plant Research Understanding Aquatic Plants

Aquatic plants are an essential part of our lakes and rivers. They provide habitat for fish and invertebrates, stabilize sediments, and take up nutrients. Understanding what shapes aquatic plant communities leads to a better understanding of the health of Wisconsin waters.


DNR Science Services researchers are currently investigating ways to use aquatic plants as a way of assessing the overall health of waterbodies.

Community Composition

Understanding the factors that drive the composition of plant communities we observe, helps us to better manage lake systems and improve their overall health.

Botany Review Panel
EPA Review
WIsCALM Document
Community Composition
122 New Rare aquatic plants
Aquatic Plant Response to Land Use
Herbarium Accessions
Human Impacts on Aquatic Plant Distribution and Abundance
Lake Tides Article - What can plants tell us?
Understanding Aquatic Plant Communities