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Invasive species alert: European frogbit detected in West Michigan lakes
Sept. 19, 2016
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of European frogbit, a prohibited aquatic invasive plant, in Reeds and Fisk lakes in the city of East Grand Rapids. European frogbit was first verified in Michigan in 1996 along the Great Lakes waterways in southeastern Michigan and has since been found in areas along Lake Huron and the eastern Upper Peninsula. The detections on Reeds and Fisk lakes represent the westernmost known locations of this invasive plant in Michigan and the Midwest.
Staff from PLM Lake and Land Management Corporation initially identified the plant during a routine lake inspection and reported the finding through the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN), triggering a notification to the DNR and the Department of Environmental Quality’s Aquatic Invasive Response Team. The team currently is assessing the risk level of the situation and working with partners in the community, including the city of East Grand Rapids, Kent Conservation District and the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, to develop an action plan.
What is European frogbit?
A native of Europe and parts of Africa and Asia, European frogbit is an aquatic plant with small (half-inch to 2.5 inch), heart-shaped leaves resembling miniature water lilies. Unlike similar aquatic plants, European frogbit does not anchor its roots in the lake or stream bed but remains free-floating. Three-petaled white flowers with yellow centers appear briefly sometime between mid-July and mid-August.
Why is it a problem?
The plant quickly forms dense colonies or mats in shallow, slow-moving waters. These thick mats prevent native plant growth, make movement difficult for ducks and large fish, and cause problems for boaters, anglers and swimmers.
European frogbit is spread by plant fragments or by turions – small, quarter-inch buds that break off the plant and overwinter in lake or stream beds. Plant parts easily can be transported to new water bodies on boat motors or trailers, fishing gear and other recreational equipment.
What can be done?
“Detecting European frogbit in West Michigan is a call to action to all lake, stream and wetland users to clean, drain and dry boats and gear,” said Kevin Walters, an invasive species aquatic biologist with the DEQ. “Take the simple steps of removing all plants and debris from boats, trailers and gear and draining bilges and live wells before leaving a site. Allow boats and equipment to dry for at least five days before moving to another water body.”
Walters said that even waders, fishing nets and inner tubes can harbor invasive species and should be thoroughly dried in the sun or cleaned with a 2-percent bleach solution before being used at a different location.
What if I see European frogbit?
Anyone can help by reporting suspected European frogbit. The easiest way to report this harmful invasive plant is through the MISIN website, at www.misin.msu.edu or by downloading the MISIN app to a smartphone.
First, become familiar with identifying the plant. MISIN offers a short identification tutorial which helps distinguish between European frogbit and similar aquatic plants.
If you encounter European frogbit on the water, take some photos. These can be uploaded on the MISIN website or attached to a report via the MISIN app. Reports are directed through MISIN to DNR and DEQ aquatic biologists.
For more information on European frogbit and other invasive species, visit Michigan’s invasive species website at www.michigan.gov/invasivespecies.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is searching for residents who want to learn about exotic aquatic invasive plants, and to maybe even become a volunteer to help preserve our lakes.
Aquatic invasive plants have their own summer travel plans and are finding their way into lakes across Michigan.
According to the DNR, once they arrive in a lake, they can become established before anyone is even aware of their presence.
From there, it can be difficult and costly to manage.
Early detection of invasive plants gives the best opportunity to keep them in check through targeted management.
Knowing which aquatic invasive plants are in your lake, can help raise awareness among all lake users about the need to clean, drain and dry boats before visiting different lakes.
If you’re concerned about aquatic invasive plants, the DNR suggests considering to become an exotic aquatic plant watch volunteer.
This is part of Michigan’s Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program.
To learn more, make a difference, and watch the full training video, click here.
Aquatic Plant Management Society
Call for Papers
You are invited to submit a title and abstract for the 56th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society to be held July 17-20, 2016, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI. Both oral and poster presentations are solicited for original research on the biology or ecology of aquatic and wetland plants, control methods (biological, chemical, cultural, mechanical) for invasive, exotic or nuisance plant or alga species, and restoration projects involving wetland or aquatic plants and algae. Presentation of original research will be given preference, and should be indicated by including results in the abstract. This year’s meeting is in the region of the Midwest Aquatic Plant Management Society, so regional presenters are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract.
The Society also invites student abstracts for oral or poster presentations. This meeting presents an opportunity for students to network with key government, university and industry representatives, and peers with similar educational and professional interests. The society will provide all student presenters with room accommodations and complimentary registration. First, 2nd, and 3rd place prize money will be awarded in separate contests for both oral and poster presentations. In addition, all students are invited to attend a hands-on tour of local aquatic plant management sites immediately following the meeting and concluding Thursday, July 21. Students may contact the APMS Student Affairs Committee Chairs, Dr. Becca Haynie or Dr. Chris Mudge, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or CMudge@agcenter.lsu.edu.
Oral presentations will be allotted a total of 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Contributed oral presentations should be scientific or technical in nature, which will be determined from the submitted abstract. An LCD projector/computer and laser pointer will be available for oral presentations. Only PC-based PowerPoint presentations will be accepted. All presenters will be required to upload their final PowerPoint presentation to the abstract submission portal prior to the meeting. Note: All presentations that include externally run programs; models or special animation, must be reviewed and approved by the Program Chair prior to the meeting. You will not be allowed to set up a personal computer for your presentation. A poster session will also be scheduled. Free-standing display boards (4’ x 4’) will be provided for posters.
Please go to the WSSA Title and Abstract Submission System at https://wssaabstracts.com/ to submit your information online. Log in and click “Join a Conference” to access the 2016 APMS meeting. Click “Enter” then “My Titles and Abstracts” to submit your information. Please limit abstracts to 300 words. You will receive a confirmation email to indicate your title and abstract have been received and uploaded. This does not mean that your presentation is accepted for the conference. Acceptance of contributed papers will not occur until after the abstract deadline, and will be confirmed by a separate e-mail. The title and abstract submission system is now active and will remain open until April 29, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact the APMS Program Chair, Dr. John Madsen at email@example.com.
Contact(s): Carroll Schaal, DNR lakes and rivers section chief, Carroll.Schaal@wisconsin.gov, 608-261-6423; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@wisconsin.gov
DNR to hold series of public meetings on starry stonewort
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a series of public meetings in southeast Wisconsin to share information about starry stonewort and answer questions from area lake organizations and interested community members.
The first meeting will be held on July 29 with additional meetings to be scheduled around the region.
Starry stonewort, which arrived from Eurasia and was first discovered in the U.S. in the St. Lawrence River in 1978, has now been confirmed in Long Lake in Racine County and Silver Lake in Washington County as well as the previously reported findings in Little Muskego Lake, Big Muskego Lake and Bass Bay in Waukesha County, said Carroll Schaal, DNR lakes and rivers section chief. Starry stonewort, also found in Michigan, Indiana and the northeastern U.S., can form dense lakebed mats that crowd out native plants and eliminate habitat for juvenile fish.
The series of meetings will present information on the biology of starry stonewort, its current status and monitoring and management efforts. The audience will learn about actions that can help prevent the spread and what lake residents can do to help monitor and control it.
The first informational meeting will be held July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the DNR Waukesha Service Center, 141 NW Barstow St., Room 151. Additional meetings will be announced at a later date. To learn more about starry stonewort, visit dnr.wi.gov, and search for “aquatic invasive species.”
Spec Sheet_Complete Work Statement_Saginaw Bay CISMA_European frogbit From: Jeremiah Heise <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Request for bids: European frogbit treatment, Bay County Message Body: The Saginaw Conservation District is currently advertising and seeking bids for contract invasive species removal of European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) on State lands at Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area (SWA) in Bay County, MI. Please review the attached scope of work for thorough information on the project specifications and expectations of the chosen contractor. There will be an on-site pre-bid meeting on Thursday, July 23rd at 9:00am. It is required that those wishing to bid on the project attend this pre-bid meeting to fully understand the scope of the project request. Those contractors wishing to attend the pre-bid meeting will meet at the Nayanquing Point SWA field office: 1570 N. Tower Beach Rd. Pinconning, MI 48650 Final project bids will be due Wednesday, July 29th at 5pm. It is expected that the chosen contractor will initiate work within the first week of August to fully complete the requested scope of treatment. If there are any specific questions related to the project please contact: Jeremiah Heise, Wildlife Biologist Michigan Department of Natural Resources Heisej1@michigan.gov | 989-865-6211 (o) | 989-280-3103 (c)
As you head out this summer and enjoy Wisconsin’s beautiful lakes and rivers, please remember that the DNR needs your help in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Aquatic invasive species are nonnative plants and animals that can have a negative impact on the state’s lakes and rivers and cause ecological and economic harm. Aquatic invasive species are spread by hitching rides on boats, trailers and other equipment that is transported from one body of water to another.
While some bodies of water in Wisconsin already have aquatic invasive species present, a majority of the state’s waters have not been infested. To help contain and control aquatic invasive species in infested waters and prevent their spread to waters not yet infested, please remember to follow the Wisconsin Aquatic Invasive Species Laws every time you enjoy the state’s lakes and rivers.
It’s the law to:
- Inspect your boat, trailer and equipment.
- Remove any attached aquatic plants or animals (before launching, after loading and before transporting on a public highway).
- Drain all water from boats, motors and all equipment.
- Never move live fish away from a waterbody.
- Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.
- Buy minnows from a Wisconsin bait dealer. You may take leftover minnows away from any state water and use them again on that same water. You may use leftover minnows on other waters only if no lake or river water, or other fish were added to their container.
- For additional information on aquatic invasive species, visit http://dnr.wi.gov/ or contact DNR Water Guard Meghan Wall at 608-518-1015 or email@example.com.
Today the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) announced plans to participate in the upcoming 55thannual meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) scheduled for July 12-15 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Attendees are expected to include scientists, educators, public officials and others interested in the impact and management of invasive aquatic plants.
Dozens of educational sessions and poster presentations are planned on topics that range from hydrilla and algae control to triploid grass carp movement patterns to aquatic plant restoration and mapping efforts, and more. Examples include:
- Jeff Schardt, recently retired after almost 40 years with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, will discuss the past, present and future of aquatic plant management in Florida public waters.
- Dan Kenny of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs will discuss the role of pesticide registrations in helping to manage risk in aquatic areas.
- Mike Netherland of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will present background on the link between plant biology and management of monoecious hydrilla.
- WSSA’s Science Policy Director Lee Van Wychen, Ph.D., will explore the most common and troublesome aquatic weeds.
- Gene Gilliland of B.A.S.S. will discuss initiatives to get bass fishers involved in aquatic plant issues.
For more information on the APMS annual meeting or to register to attend, visit www.apms.org.
About the Aquatic Plant Management Society
The Aquatic Plant Management Society is an international organization of scientists, educators, students, commercial pesticide applicators, administrators and concerned individuals interested in the management and study of aquatic plants. The objectives of the Society are to assist in promoting the management of nuisance aquatic plants, to provide for the scientific advancement of members of the society, to encourage scientific research, to promote university scholarship, and to extend and develop public interest in the aquatic plant science discipline. For more information, visit www.apms.org.
About the Weed Science Society of America
The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit scientific society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environment. The Society promotes research, education and extension outreach activities related to weeds, provides science-based information to the public and policy makers, fosters awareness of weeds and their impact on managed and natural ecosystems, and promotes cooperation among weed science organizations across the nation and around the world. For more information, visit www.wssa.net.
Posted: Thursday, June 25, 2015 12:18 pm
MICHIGAN — Asian carp and other invasive species found in the water continue to threaten Michigan and environmental organizations hope to spread awareness during Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed the week of June 28-July 4 Aquatic Invasice Species Awareness Week with the goal of helping make Michigan residents aware of the threat Asian carp and other species pose to the Great Lakes and other Michigan waters, and inform residents of the need to take action to prevent or control the introduction and spread of these species.
In a press release, distributed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), on behalf of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), aquatic invasive species are defined as non-native organisms that establish themselves outside of their normal range, intentionally or unintentiaonally.
When introduced to these new locations, like lakes, rivers and wetlands, they can harm the location, as well as species inhabiting the area.
Featured during Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week is the second annual Aquatic Invasive Species Landing Blitz. Through this program aimed toward boaters, the DEQ, DNR and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will all partner together with volunteers to help boaters in stopping the spread of aquatic invasive species and assuring compliance with laws in place to prevent the spread.
The Landing Blitz will occur at 45 boat landings around the state.
Some of the laws and actions to prevent the spread of invasive species, as required by the state, include:
• Remove aquatic plants from boats, boating equipment and trailers before placing the boat in the water.
• Drain live wells, bilges and all water from boats before leaving the access site.
• Dispose of unused bait in the trash, do not release bait in the water.
• Do not transfer fish to water bodies other than where they were caught.
Though anglers are not required by law to follow them, a series of recommended actions have also been compiled to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, including:
• Inspect and remove plants and mud from boats, trailers, gear and dry equipment before leaving the access site. Dispose of these materials in a trash receptacle or other means away from the water body.
• Wash boats, trailers and other equipment before leaving the access area, if possible, or at a nearby car wash or at home.
• Allow boats and equipment to dry for at least five days before launching boat into a different body of water.
• Disinfect live wells, bilges and other equipment with a solution made of approximately a half cup of bleach and up to five gallons of water.
These additional invasive species awareness events come as Michigan waters face threats from several invasive species, including two Asian carp species and a number of aquatic plants.
Michigan’s inland waters and the Great Lakes attract millions of visitors annually and with 180 invasive species found in the region already, it is important to prevent the spread and introduction of additional species.