Last week, the City was notified that a new invasive species, European frog-bit, was found during a routine inspection by our water treatment and management group, PLM. The invasive species, which resembles a water lily with a single white flower sprouting from the middle, is currently only located in the channel between Reeds and Fisk Lake.
European frog-bit was most likely unknowingly introduced from someone dumping aquarium or water garden plants into the lake or a storm drain.
The DNR is currently working on an action plan, which will be provided to the City at the end of the month, on how to best address the issue. Treatment will take place next year with the initial treatment possibly being funded through the State.
“Fortunately, we found the European frog-bit very early in its infestation, which will allow us to aggressively curb its growth,” City Manager Brian Donovan said. “The City is committed to protecting our lakes and regularly works with PLM to manage and control non-native, hostile vegetation in our natural resources.”
The City reminds residents to not dispose of aquarium or water garden plants and contents into our lakes and streams because vegetation used in these displays is often non-native to our area.