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DNR: Lake surveys for aquatic invasive species deliver immediate benefits

Preliminary results foster quick action, reflect good news and some surprises

11:02 AM, Aug. 21, 2013
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County staff over the weekend pulled by hand patches of an aggressive invasive species they found earlier that week in the Nicolet National Forest, illustrating a key side benefit emerging from a five-year effort led by the Department of Natural Resources to survey lakes statewide for aquatic invasive species.

The surveys are allowing DNR staff, local partners and volunteers to identify early infestations of invasive species and, as they did Saturday with the yellow floating heart, take immediate steps to get rid of them before the invaders' populations have a chance to expand.

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