Curly Leaf Pond Weed Affecting East Lake Okoboji, Upper Gar, & Lower Gar

Thu 5-21-2015 IA"], Spirit Lake, ["122 252nd Avenue

(Spirit Lake)-An invasive plant is making itself known in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Fisheries Management Biologist Mike Hawkins with the DNR says the Curly Leaf Pond Weed is an old pest.

Mike Hawkins on Curly Leaf cut 1

He adds that not only is chemical application illegal , but also ineffective at this point.

Mike Hawkins on Curly Leaf cut 2 

Hawkins says that mechanical removal is occurring by cutting or pulling the plant.


He also emphasizes that it’s a good reason to clean, drain and dry boats.

Mike Hawkins on Curly Leaf cut 3

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