Fight Aquatic Invasives with On the Ground

When a new aquatic invasive species is discovered it is critical to respond quickly in order to keep it under control. European frog-bit (Hydrocharis morsus ranae) was once only found at a few sites in southeastern Michigan, but last year it was discovered in Saginaw Bay, Alpena, and Munuscong Bay in Chippewa County.
OTG Alpena Homepage BannerFrog-bit forms large very dense mats that quickly take over available surface water which blocks sunlight to submersed plants, decreases biodiversity, inhibits watercraft movement, and can limit the movement of waterfowl and large fish. Frog-bit will also form large free floating masses of miniature lily pads. The leaves are about the size of a quarter to a half dollar and the plant produces a small white flower with three pedals.
One way to remove this aquatic invasive plant is by hand pulling. MUCC has set up an On the Ground event in Alpena to tackle the spread of frog-bit in the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary. Volunteers will canoe around the area while hand pulling the masses of European frog-bit. You can help stop the spread and enjoy the day on the water by signing up by clicking >here

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