Flowering Rush Operational Research Program Moves Forward

     Flowering Rush is rapidly becoming a threat to waters in the Pacific Northwest.  This plant was first noted in the Flathead Lake, Montana system and has been steadily been moving downstream with known infestations now in North Idaho and Washington State.  Little work has been done on an operational scale to target this plant, but our team has been working to understand how to bring laboratory results into the field.

     In our work with the Whatcom County (Washington) Noxious Weed Board, we have seen very good results with two different treatment technologies.  Reward® herbicide has been used in Silver Lake for the past two summers with excellent results.

     This summer we are supporting operational research trials on waters in North Idaho.  A combination of two herbicides is being used to replicate successful laboratory studies at the operational field scale.  These plots will be evaluated to see how these laboratory successes transfer to large lake and river systems.

     We are looking forward to learning from these trials and bringing these technologies to bear on this major problem.

About AquaTechnex

     For over 40 years the biologists at Aquatechnex have been at the forefront of the fight to protect our water resources.  Our team pioneered assessment technologies to detect and map threats to our nation’s lakes and rivers.  We have a recognized expertise in the restoration of aquatic habitats impacted by invasive aquatic species.  As phosphorus pollution is increasingly driving toxic algae blooms, our team has the technology to sequester and remove phosphorus from lake and river systems.  We support homeowner associations, pond owners and golf course superintendents protect the value of the water on their property.  We have the capabilities to analyze, prescribe solutions and implement programs to protect and restore any size water body.

     Aquatechnex operates primarily in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.