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Aquatic Plant Research
Lecture Series - CLA Yahara 101
True, aquatic plants can be weedy, but they are more than just weeds! In fact, aquatic plants are more like complex underwater forests than an overgrown lawn. They play a number of roles in the lake ecosystem and provide services that benefit the lake itself as well as the animals and people living on and around it. They provide habitat and food for fishes, birds and bugs. They clear the water and oxygenate both water and sediment, supporting the life functions of fish and helping keep phosphorus, a common lake pollutant, from building up in the water. Aquatic plants help reduce algae blooms and the emergents growing along the edges of the lake can buffer pollutants that enter from the shoreline. Aquatic plants are often misunderstood, and part of the role of researchers at the DNR is to communicate with stakeholders about the value of this incredibly important community! One example of our efforts to share the benefits of aquatic plants is a session we did for a lecture series called Yahara 101.