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Benefits of Managing Lake Weeds

Plants are a natural and important part of any aquatic environment, producing oxygen and providing a habitable environment for fish and food organisms. However, excessive growth of some plants (including algae) can create problems.

Excessive weed and algae growth can:

  • Interfere with or prevent recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, and boating
  • Detract from a body of water's aesthetic appeal
  • Disrupt and limit a balanced fish population
  • Produce quiet water areas ideal for mosquito breeding
  • Certain types of algae can give water bad tastes and odors
  • Impede water flow in drainage ditches, irrigation canals, and culverts, causing water to back up

The good news is that all of these problems can be eliminated through good lake management practices.