Invasive Algae Poses Threat to New England Lakes

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The Portland Press Herald reports that a team from the New York Botanical Garden is searching Maine lakes for an invasive species of algae that has decimated lakes in New York state. The invasive plant is called starry stonewort, and was first found in the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1978. It displaces native algae species and forms dense mats that cover the bottom so thoroughly that fish have a hard time making a place to spawn.

This summer, the team from the Botanical Garden are undertaking a survey of 700 bodies of water in New York and New England to look for evidence of a starry stonewort invasion.

 

Read more about the invasive algae that poses a threat to Maine lakes.