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European frogbit found along Lake Erie's south shore. Learn how to ID and remove.

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Published on Aug 29, 2017

An aquatic invasive species that has caused issues in the upper Great Lakes region and Canada has made its way to Lake Erie's south shore. In the summer of 2017, European frogbit was found at Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve in Huron, Ohio. The aggressive plant can quickly spread throughout a water body and block sunlight from reaching the water's below. As frogbit decays, the mats deplete oxygen needed by fish. Frogbit mats also impede recreational water activities like swimming, boating and fishing.
Work began in August 2017 to remove frogibt from the estuary where it was already becoming thick in spots. European Frog-bit is native to Europe. It was introduced to North America in the 1930s as an ornamental pond plant.
People who use Ohio's shallow recreational coastal waters need to become familiar with IDing frogbit so they can pull it and report it.
All boaters need to practice Clean. Drain. Dry. to stopaquatichitchhikers.org

To volunteer to help remove invasive species in 2018, contact
Breann Hohman (419) 626-5211 or erieconserves.org or
Old Woman Creek staff at 419-433-4601 wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/oldwomancreek

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