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Category: Water

Drawdowns: A Brief Look at Rodman Reservoir

By: Taylor Darnell, agronomy master’s student with UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Imagine a lakefront house on a pristine lake in Florida. Now, imagine that waterfront view obstructed by tussocks, aquatic plants,… Read More

Aquatic Hitchhikers: What Are They and Why You Should Care

Hydrilla underwater and hydrilla as an aquatic hitchhiker.

By: Taylor Darnell, agronomy master’s student with UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Have you ever been waiting to launch at a boat ramp, ready for a day of fishing or leisure with… Read More

The Invasive Alligatorweed: Alternanthera philoxeroides

By Dr. James K. Leary, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Assistant Professor Alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides) is a common pest in Florida that has plagued our state for well over 100 years.  Native to… Read More

Private Pond Stewardship: The Privilege and Responsibility of Healthy Vegetation Management

By Dr. James K. Leary, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Assistant Professor Did you know that over 18% of the land surface in Florida is open water?  According to the Florida Fish and… Read More

When is a permit needed to pull the weeds in my lakefront?

By Kelli Gladding, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (CAIP) Biological Scientist  Spring has sprung in Florida and now is the time to get ready for outdoor activities! Though never fun, it may be important… Read More

Do Aquatic Herbicides Cause Sores on Fish?

By: Dr. Benjamin P. Sperry, Research Assistant Scientist, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants What is that!?! The fish I caught has sores! People around the state have been increasingly reporting fish with abnormalities or sores… Read More

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week Blog Header, Water Hyacinth

This year, National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) spans from February 22-26. The goal of NISAW is to spread awareness of invasive species and the impact they have. In recognition of NISAW, the UF/IFAS Center… Read More

Giant salvinia: A Sleeping Monster

Giant salvinia

By: Dr. Jason Ferrell, UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Director Giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) is an invasive floating fern from South America that prefers to stack up in slow moving water. Trust me,… Read More