Aquatic plants are an essential part of a healthy lake ecosystem and are often under-valued.

Benefits of Aquatic Plants

  • Provide Habitat and Food for Fish and Wildlife  
  • Improve Water Clarity and Quality
  • Protect Shorelines and Lake Bottoms
  • Visually Attractive

Algae can become a nuisance when too many submerged
aquatic plants are destroyed.

Too Much of a Good Thing is a Bad Thing!

Dense plant growth, whether its native or invasive, gets in the way of our enjoyment of the lake.  Very thick, dense plant growth can also be detrimental to fish.   

Too many plants in the lake is usually caused by an overabundance of nutrients, caused by stormwater run-off rich with nutrients.  These nutrients accelerate the natural process of lake aging (eutrophication), by increasing plant and algal growth, which in turn die and decay, depleting oxygen from the water.  Once nutrients are in a lake, they can persist for decades, fueling plant and algae growth even after nutrient sources outside the lake have been addressed.

What Can You Do?

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  • Preventing and/or eliminating pollution and curbing sources of excess nutrients are vital steps for maintaining lake health.  Check out our website page to learn more about what you can do to protect the lake. 
  • Become familiar with aquatic plant species – which ones are native and which ones are invasive.  Stop by the LMEF office and pick up an Aquatic Plant Identification card deck and help monitor for invasive species.
  • Support LMEF with your donation to help fund vegetation surveys and aquatic plant control.