Why are Invasive Species Harmful?
plants grow rapidly in our lakes and ponds, and the dense mats of
vegetation they form can restrict boating, fishing and swimming,
and sometimes make the waterway entirely impassable.
of invasive species can cause native species to decline, and the
animals that depend on them must either relocate or perish. This
reduces the biological diversity of the area and disrupts the delicate
balance of the environment.
appeal, recreational value and surrounding property values of a
lake or pond may quickly decline as the exotic invasive species
plants are established, they are almost impossible to eradicate.
The United States has invested millions of dollars annually to manage
the weeds and repair the damage.
How can invasive species be controlled?