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Invasive Aquatic Species

This week is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!

Feb 22nd - 28th 2021

What is an invasive species?

An invasive species is:

1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and

2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.

As surface water specialists, we encourage you to take notice of what plants and animals are finding their home in your ponds or lakes. If you think you're having issues with an invasive species reach out to us for help! We'd be happy to help get your water back in proper balance!

Here are 3 steps to help prevent invasive species in your pond:

1) Take care to remove any plants and muck from your boots, waders, fishing gear, boats, and any other equipment before visiting another pond or lake. This is an important step in stopping aquatic hitchhikers!

2) Do not move any plants or animals from one pond to another; if this is desired please contact a professional to help make sure this is the right choice. We may be able to find a better alternative and prevent ecosystem damage!

3) Avoid dumping aquarium life into ponds & lakes. Some ornamental species that are available at pet stores are exotic. They might be able to establish themselves and have a negative affect on your system.

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