A guide to aquatic plants

Aquatic plant stewardship

Stewardship: moving from short-term control to long-term prevention

Aquatic plant.Measures such as cutting, pulling, or using herbicides can control aquatic plants from season to season. But in the long run, the best way to combat excessive growth of aquatic plants is prevention--reducing the flow of nutrients, sediments, and exotic species moving into a lake or stream. Listed below are a few practical steps you can take to maintain good water quality-and prevent excessive plant growth-in your favorite lake or pond. It will take time before these steps improve water quality and reduce plant growth, but they are essential for sustaining and enhancing desirable plant communities in Minnesota lakes.