According to Tim Russell, lab technician with the College of William and Mary’s Keck Environmental Lab, Virginia’s Powhatan Creek is in good condition. “This is what a healthy freshwater tidal marsh should look like,” he said, gesturing to an area of arrow arum, pickerelweed, cordgrass and giant bulrush. These, among other plants, formed a “healthy mix” found near the creek’s mouth. Nearby Mill Creek wasn’t so lucky; phragmites australis had overrun the landscape, leaving little room for local flora. Phragmites is an aggressive invasive, outgrowing native plants in more ways than one; stands of it can reach 12 feet in height. Russell said he plans to present a Ware Creek Watershed Management Plan soon, containing a program to deal with another invasive, Kudzu.