CAST Commentary – Benefits of Controlling Nuisance Aquatic Plants and Algae in the United States

     This paper will present an overview of aquatic weed problems and how water bodies are degraded by nuisance plant infestations—ranging from fish and wildlife habitat to drinking water supplies to crop irrigation and more. Unmanaged growth of invasive vegetation alters critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. Most importantly, the cost-effective benefits provided by proactive and environmentally sound management strategies will be reviewed. The clear linkage between advancements in control techniques and the application of those methods on an operational scale will be noted in reviewing some case histories.[p]

Aquatic Plants final QTA2014-1