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Aquatic Plant Research
Effects of Whole-lake Herbicide Treatment of EWM
Wisconsin lake managers requested DNR Science Services investigate the target and non-target effects of whole-lake fluridone treatments for Eurasian watermilfoil. Researchers analyzed and summarized results from four treated lakes in Wisconsin, and found that fluridone can be very effective at controlling Eurasian watermilfoil over the short-term (1-4 years). However, the treatments also reduced several native plant species for a similar time period. Water clarity reductions also occurred in 3 of the 4 lakes studied. This work demonstrated both positive and negative outcomes from whole-lake usage of fluridone and helped managers evaluate the pros and cons of a whole-lake manipulation to control Eurasian watermilfoil. The journal article describing these findings won the Best Paper of the Year Award for Lake and Reservoir Management in 2007.