These species are not native to our state and is very difficult to control once it becomes fully established. Milfoil reproduces through fragmentation whereby plant fragments break off from the parent plant through wind or boat action, grow roots, and settle in a new location. Milfoil spreads rapidly and displaces beneficial native plant life. It makes swimming difficult and can devalue waterfront property. Where this species grows in its native environment, insects and fish may feed on this plant at such a rate as to control its growth. Milfoil has no natural predators to keep its population in check. Under optimum temperature, light and nutrient conditions, milfoil may grow up to an inch per day. How Did Exotic Milfoil Become Established in This State? It was most likely a "stowaway" fragment attached to a boat or trailer that came to this region. Milfoil can live out of water for many hours if it remains moist.
News & Events 8/29/2018
Toxic Algae Can Grow In Lakes And Ponds. Here’s How To Protect Yourself
For many people, summer means heading to a local lake and cooling off with a swim. But recent outbreaks of toxic algae in lakes and ponds across the country have shut down some of these swimming spots, leaving the water surface coated in green and posing a threaten to human and animal health. To read the full story click hereRead More Read ALL
Local News 9/23/2018
Starke County mother whose son drowned speaks out about the tragedy
A mother whose son drowned last weekend at birthday party in Cass County is speaking out for the first time. Kelly Hildebrand had to bury her son yesterday (Saturday), but she says she doesn't want her son’s death to be in vain. She wants to make s...Read More