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August 14, 2017

Brittle Naiad Attack!

Lake Ann has been reported with a new infestation of the aquatic invasive species, Brittle Naiad.

Tidbit: Brittle Naiad, also known as Brittle Waternymph, is an aquatic plant which easily breaks into pieces that can spread the plant to new locations. This plant can form dense mats that can outcompete native species and interfere with recreational activities such as boating, swimming, and fishing.

RPBCWD is conducting a rapid response plan to treat Lake Ann, using a herbicide known as diquat, on 0.25 acres of the water body. This herbicide disrupts the plant cell membrane, and has shown to be effective in as little as 5-7 days.

While being treated, Lake Ann will continue to be safe to perform recreational activities in, such as swimming, boating, and fishing. However, a word of caution for our four-legged friends is that while studies have shown no adverse observable effects from the consumption of water treated with diquat, we would recommend to abstain from having your pets drink from the lake for the first few days of treatment.

While treatment will help with the infestation, we remind our community to remain vigilant in cleaning boats after each lake usage to help keep our waters healthy!