Most lake associations rely on a professional lake management company to identify problems and to treat when appropriate. Lake associations can make this relationship more effective by giving firsthand observations to their management company. Some easy ways to do this are to report changes in Secchi measurements and identify areas of the lake that have an abundance of vegetation. Secchi measurements are a great way to keep track of water clarity and spot a potential bloom early on. When reporting vegetation to a lake management company, it is important to know what type of vegetation is becoming a problem.
NJCOLA has partnered with the Rutgers Environmental Steward Program to create articles on ten of the most common aquatic nuisances found in New Jersey lakes. Early identification of nuisance vegetation is important to make sure you are not eliminating desirable species. Sometimes a treatment for an aquatic plant that is not very troublesome can open the door for a non-native species to take over. Understanding what type of aquatic plant you are dealing with can help lake associations identify dangerous, non-native species and treat them before the problem gets out of hand. Conversely, a native species that may temporarily cause an eyesore could be a benefit to your lake and should remain untreated.
The following articles were created to help identify the type of vegetation you are dealing with and then explain a little bit about each type of aquatic plant. At the end of each article, treatment options are discussed and links for further information are provided. These articles are not meant to be a guide to recommended treatments. They are written to assist lake associations to give informed feedback to their management companies. After all, few companies will have the daily interaction with a lake that is enjoyed by a lake association and their various teams.
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