Aquatic Plant Surveys and Mapping

An aquatic plant survey is conducted to assess the overall species composition within a waterbody, along with the locations and abundance of some or all aquatic plant species. Frequent aquatic plant surveys are  critical for early detection of invasive species infestations. On many occasions, NEAR has found newly established invasive plant species during routine surveys of waterbodies. When we find a new invasive species in a waterbody, we take immediate measures to remove the species. When possible, NEAR staff will hand-pull the species upon observation. If hand-pulling is not possible, we determine the best mode of removal and reach out to our contacts that can provide assistance. This rapid response is critical to avoiding a large-scale infestation that can cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to eradicate. 

If an invasive species is already established in a waterbody, a plant survey should be conducted prior to any management effort to improve its efficacy. Following an aquatic plant survey, we will make maps of species of interest and communicate directly with the contracted herbicide applicator or plant removal company, who will use our maps and data to improve their treatment/management efforts.

NEAR staff are also experts in rare aquatic plant identification. If a waterbody is known to contain a state-listed Protected species, the state may require a rare plant survey prior to any plant management efforts. This is a service that we can provide.

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