Early detection of aquatic invasive plants
When new invasive species reach an area we can minimize their impact through early detection and rapid response. There are invasive species that are known to cause large impacts elsewhere in the Midwest, but are not widely distributed or present in Minnesota. By finding and treating invasive plant populations while they are small, we have a better chance of controlling the population and preventing the species from spreading to new waterbodies.
Criteria for early detection target species are non-native, invasive plants with limited distribution in Minnesota that are assessed as high risk. Please report the location of an invasive aquatic plant.
Aquatic plant early detection targets:
- Keep a Lookout for New Aquatic Invasive Plants in the Midwest (Midwest Invasive Plant Network - MIPN)
Invasive species either not present in Minnesota or with a limited distribution in Minnesota:
- Brazilian elodea/Brazilian waterweed
- Brittle naiad/waternymph
- European frogbit
- Carolina Fanwort
- Parrot feather
- Pond water-starwort
- Water hyacinth
- Water lettuce
- Water chestnut
- Yellow floating heart