Contact(s): Carroll Schaal, lakes and rivers section chief, 608-261-6423 or Madi Johansen, aquatic plant management team leader, 608-267-3531
June 18, 2019
MADISON-The Department of Natural Resources has completed a Strategic Analysis of Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisconsin, summarizing current information on APM and potential management alternatives. The Strategic Analysis report [PDF] will help inform decision-makers and the public about this topic and aid in the development of future APM policy.
While aquatic plants are a critical part of the state's freshwater environment and serve many valuable functions, they can become overabundant and interfere with water recreation and other uses of lakes, rivers, and ponds. The ability to effectively manage aquatic plants is complicated by the fact that some of the DNR rules governing APM have not been updated in over 30 years.
A draft report was released for public review and comment last December. The DNR has revised the report to reflect comments and suggestions received. The final Strategic Analysis report can be found by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for APM strategic analysis, or "aquatic plant management."