Comments sought on DNR strategic analysis of aquatic plant management in the state

Contacts:  Carroll Schaal, lakes and rivers section chief, 608-261-6423 or James Pardee, environmental analyst, 608-316-0999

MADISON—The Department of Natural Resources invites the public to comment on its draft Strategic Analysis of Aquatic Plant Management (APM) in Wisconsin. The report, which summarizes current information on APM in the state, serves as an informational resource to help decision-makers and the public to better understand the topic and to aid in the development of future APM policy.

Aquatic plants are a critical part of the state’s freshwater environment. They help to ensure good water quality and clarity, provide habitat and food for fish and wildlife, and serve many other valuable functions. Sometimes, though, aquatic plants can become overabundant and interfere with water uses. Managing these problems is complicated by the fact that some of the DNR rules governing APM have not been updated since 1986, while APM practices and challenges have evolved.

The draft Strategic Analysis report and links to more information about APM can be found on the department’s APM strategic analysis webpage, or by searching for the key words “aquatic plant management” on the department website, dnr.wi.gov.

Comments on this strategic analysis may be submitted through January 25, 2019, by email to DNRAPMSA@wisconsin.gov or sent via US Mail to Carroll Schaal, lakes and rivers section chief, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707-7921.

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